Linda Lewis - A Tear And A Smile - Expanded Edition (Music CD)

Release Date: 26 March 2012
Artist: Linda Lewis
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Despite several rough patches at the end of the 1970s, Linda Lewis rebounded with glorious aplomb on her September 1983 album, A Tear and a Smile. More than any of its predecessors, this album finds the singer in complete control of both her songwriting and her remarkable, dynamic vocal range -- at the same time as continuing down the path she forged during the previous decade. From start to finish, the songs are filled to bursting with soft ballads and wildly far-reaching grooves, helped along by Bert de Couteaux's immaculate production. But, as good as "I Am What I Am" and the haunting "Sweet Heartache" are, where she gathers her force and puts all her strengths together is on the absolutely stunning title track. Self-penned, "A Tear and a Smile" finds Lewis running without any flaws at all. That just leaves room (and barely!) for "Why Can't I Be the Other Woman," a duet between Lewis and Luther Vandross. His silky, soul provides a delicious accompaniment to her own indefatigable style, while Gwen Guthrie adds her voice to the background to amplify the mood even further. A Tear and a Smile leaves little lacking and remains one of Lewis' best efforts, a remarkable portrait of the artist's own growth, of her increasing confidence in her talents, and of her manifold contributions to the face of British soul. ~ Amy Hanson

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  • 1. Destination Love
  • 2. I Am What I Am
  • 3. Take Me For a Little While
  • 4. Don't Let It Go
  • 5. You Don't Know What You're Missing
  • 6. (Close the Door) Take Your Heart
  • 7. I Can't Get Enough
  • 8. This Boy
  • 9. Why Can't I Be the Other Woman
  • 10. Sweet Heartache
  • 11. Come On Back
  • 12. I Can Take It
  • 13. Class/Style (I've Got It) (12" Groove Mix/Bonus Track)
  • 14. You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet (12" Megamix/Bonus Track)
  • 15. Class/Style (I've Got It) (Single Version/Bonus Track)
Release Date: 26 March 2012
Artist: Linda Lewis
Catalogue No: CDBBR0119