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One listen to the first single, "State of Attraction," and your ears will be blown away by Jam & Lewis' squiggly 808, the incredible notes she hits and her raw and gritty vocal inflections. How Flyte Tyme only played into her debut is perplexing, as her career might have had greater longevity had she remained in their camp.
She recorded an eponymous follow-up album after this one (on the newly acquired Tabu via A&M Records) and "You Touch Me" in 2005 on the indie, DSP Music Recording Company label, neither of which generated any interest nor heat. Sad, where she's right up there with the likes of Miss Chaka and/or Deborah Cox as far as vocal strength, range and talent go.
In 2011, she appeared with a new song entitled, "Papers" and sadly, even the "Papers" got recycled. Again, a sad fate for a thriving R&B singer who had great potential to rock the R&B world right off its foundation with her leonine vocal prowess. How singers like Clark fall through the cracks is as puzzling as it is pathetic. Goes to show that had Tabu remained under the CBS parent umbrella, her career may have actually BEEN successful. Amazingly, after all these years, she STILL sounds GREAT!
Do I need say more. Great selection of slow and fast songs. She has 2 other
albums so track them down also if you can.
My only regret is why she didn't get the recognition she deserves and why she is not
putting out new music.
Although she's been viewed as a Jam & Lewis protege due to her association with Tabu Records, the only song they produced was the aforementioned "State Of Attraction". Most of the album was produced by Flyte Tyme in-house producer/songwriter Randy Ran (Best known for his work with Johnny Gill, Cherrelle and After 7). Also producing is Jellybean Johnson (Janet Jackson, Mint Condition, Nona Hendryx) and musical director Stanley Howard- who duets with Rhonda on the ballad "You're My Everything". Production wise, there are some good songs- even if they could have been sung by anyone ("Does That Make A Man" wouldn't have sounded out of place on Cherrelle's "Affair", which was released a year prior). Lyrically, the songs sound rather juvenile- for example, try listening to "I Love Your Body" or "Sugar" with a straight face. When Tabu left Epic Records for a distribution deal with A&M, Rhonda would release what would become her second and final album. While there isn't much on here to brag about, Rhonda Clark's "Between Friends" is one of those albums where the singles are pretty much the best songs on the album. In other words, if you're a fan of all things Flyte Tyme, proceed this album with caution.
The first single "State of Attraction" made the r&b TOP 20 on radio play alone. The seductive ballad "Stay here, Stay near" will capture you from beginning to end. She starts out in a low sexy voice and then rips the ending as she only could! "Sugar" is another standout ballad on this release.
Other good songs of note are "Does that make a man?" in which she belts "its not your car. its not your money. im asking you. does that make a man?". The funky "I love your body" finds her being straight forward about her admiration for a lover's physique and all the things she wants to do to it! Sexy.
Rhonda Clark suffered from a record company going down and no promotion. Another diamond in the rough! This is a balanced record. Good 90's r&b.