January 7, 1989 |
Despite the heavy metal and rock emphasis at the top of the charts, Anita Baker's jazzy ballad album continues to be the nation's best seller. Another woman bucking the hard-rock trend: Edie Brickell. If Tracy Chapman weren't everyone's choice for best new artist of 1988, Brickell's achievement might be getting more attention. Her album, "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars," is filled with oddball, poetic rock--the kind of album that usually languishes in the lower depths of the Top 200.
December 16, 1988 |
Anita Baker gave it the best that she's got and it's paying off. She's humming victory tunes these days after dethroning U2's "Rattle and Hum" and reigning as queen of the Billboard magazine pop album chart. Edie Brickell popped into the Top 20 with her "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" (No. 20). Wild man Sam Kinison has a fast-rising comedy album, "Have You Seen Me Lately?" (No. 43). * This EP, comprising old tracks, remixes and a couple of newies, isn't supposed to be great.
December 3, 1988 |
There was another robbery in Los Angeles on Thursday night: Anita Baker stole the show from headliner Luther Vandross at the Sports Arena. And she made off with quite a bundle, thanks to a marvelously staged performance that clinched her status as one of the most prized vocalists to emerge in the '80s. But Baker had an unlikely accomplice in this heist: Vandross himself, who turned in a flat, poorly paced show that made it easy for Baker to shine.
November 11, 1988 |
Riding the phenomenal success of her new album "Giving You the Best That I Got," singer Anita Baker comes to the San Diego Sports Arena Nov. 25, sharing a bill wi& B ballad master Luther Vandross. In barely a month, Baker's new LP has gone to No. 7 on the pop charts, selling 1.7 million copies. Meanwhile her last album, "Rapture," is still hanging on at No. 129 and has sold nearly 5 million to date.
October 30, 1988 |
***ANITA BAKER. "Giving You the Best That I Got." Elektra. Naturally, the first thing everyone is going to do with Baker's new album is compare it to her last one, "Rapture," which sold more than 4 million and helped forge a niche for jazz-oriented artists in the pop mainstream. No, the new collection of mellow love songs isn't as good as "Rapture." But that's not really a put-down.
September 5, 1987 |
"Let's do number eight," Anita Baker said during her show Thursday at the Greek Theatre, checking the song list on the piano and sending musicians scrambling to adjust their settings. There was more of the same later on. "Let's do the one after 13." And finally, "Well, what have we got left?"
December 29, 1986 |
Just when you're foolish enough to think you've heard everything, along comes a young female black singer to make you excited again about music. And no: We're not talking about Whitney Houston. Just when Houston is being hailed by many as the major new female pop vocalist of the '80s, along comes a formidable challenger. Indeed, Anita Baker is arguably the more compelling talent.