Baker, who has been hailed as "the female Luther Vandross," used her gospel and jazz influences to bring a grown-up sophistication and sensuality to soul ballads. Her 1986 smash, RAPTURE, propelled her to stardom with a string of hit singles that blended slick production, R&B roots, and heartfelt emotion.
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BAKER,ANITA Title: RAPTURE Street Release Date: 07/07/1987 Domestic Genre: SOUL/R & B
Soul has been through a lot of changes of late, and if there seems to be an oversupply of young divas-in-waiting today, you can probably thank Anita Baker for it. Baker was one of the few singers that bridged the old school to the new, and this 1986 album was--and is--a true soul classic. An inspiration for everyone from Whitney Houston to Toni Braxton, Baker carved the way with soaring vocals and an effortless style on tracks like "Sweet Love" and "You Bring Me Joy." "Caught Up in the Rapture" was the anthem for many a lovestruck couple, and Baker sums it up best herself in the same song: "Nothing else can compare." --Rebecca Wallwork
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