audio review : Hello ( song ) … Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie goes beyond simply admiring a pretty neighbor from afar. He’s fallen in love with her, which, as a guy who considers a girl’s looks more important than her personality when it comes to romance, I can relate to. He seems too shy to tell her though. “Hello,” he says, but only in his mind.

What he should do is play this song for her. I’m the least gay tenant in the building and I’d damn-near date him. It’s a beautiful “love” song, basically flawless as far as vocal melodies go. Even the bridge, a guitar instrumental, is a tender serenade. If it doesn’t win her heart, nothing will.

my rating : 5 of 5

1983

audio review : Nothing Left To Give ( song ) … Lionel Richie

This song gets good at the bridge. “So can you give it all to me,” Lionel Richie asks to a drumless ensemble of what sounds like synth xylophones and maracas, “Want to feel your energy; want to see you rock with me.” That eight-bar bit, which should be the chorus; the actual chorus is kind of annoying with Akon yelling in the background; is easily the best part of this otherwise bombastic party anthem.

my rating : 3 of 5

2009