Lionel Richie’s 1983 album Can’t Slow Down is a masterpiece of pop soul. It’s a slick, sophisticated, and incredibly catchy album that features some of Richie’s biggest hits, including “All Night Long (All Night)”, “Running With the Night”, “Penny Lover”, and “Hello”.
Richie’s songwriting is at its peak on Can’t Slow Down. His songs are full of infectious melodies, clever lyrics, and rich production. He also delivers some of his best vocals on the album, especially on the ballads “Stuck On You” and “The Only One”.
The album is a perfect blend of ballads and uptempo tracks. The ballads are lush and romantic, while the uptempo tracks are funky and danceable. Richie also incorporates elements of world music into some of the songs, such as the African-inspired rhythms on “All Night Long (All Night)” and the Caribbean-influenced melodies on “Penny Lover”.
Can’t Slow Down was a critical and commercial success, winning Album of the Year at the 1984 Grammy Awards. It’s one of the best-selling albums of all time, and it remains a classic of pop music.