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** LIONEL RICHIE, "Time" Mercury

July 06, 1998|CONNIE JOHNSON

What Richie does best is create lush aural valentines--this album's "Everytime" and "The Closest Thing to Heaven" are beautifully worded, personal-sounding testimonies. He stumbles, however, on his attempts at social commentary. A hybrid of Wyclef Jean and Bob Dylan he's not, so tracks such as "To the Rhythm" are well-intended but lightweight and riddled with cliches.

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