Time (Lionel Richie album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 23, 1998
Label Mercury
Lionel Richie chronology
Truly: The Love Songs
Singles from Time
  1. "Time"
    Released: 1998
  2. "I Hear Your Voice"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Closest Thing to Heaven"
    Released: 1998

Time is the fifth studio album by Lionel Richie, released on June 23, 1998. It was a commercial disappointment, selling far fewer copies than any of his previous material.[ citation needed ]


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine found that Time "doesn't quite match the heights of Lionel Richie or Can't Slow Down , but it successfully updates his familiar concoction of sweet, seductive ballads and light funk for the late '90s. Whenever he incorporates light hip-hop rhythms here, it sounds less forced, and the dance numbers are often infectious. Similarly, the ballads have strong (albeit sappy) hooks that make them memorable [...] Time is the most satisfying effort he has released in quite some time." [1] Los Angeles Times critic Connie Johnson found that "what Richie does best is create lush aural valentines – this album’s “Everytime” and “The Closest Thing to Heaven” are beautifully worded, personal-sounding testimonies. He stumbles, however, on his attempts at social commentary. A hybrid of Wyclef Jean and Bob Dylan he’s not, so tracks such as “To the Rhythm” are well-intended but lightweight and riddled with cliches." [2]

Track listing

  • Richie
  • Carmichael
2."I Hear Your Voice"Foster4:00
  • Richie
  • Tolbert
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
7."To the Rhythm"
  • Richie
  • Da Boogie Man
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
  • Richie
  • Tolbert
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
9."(That's) The Way I Feel"
  • Richie
  • Carmichael
10."The Closest Thing to Heaven"WarrenFoster4:00
  • Richie
  • Carmichael


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes. [3]

Performers and musicians

Technical and management


Chart (1996)Peak
scope="row"Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [4] 16
scope="row"Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [5] 71
scope="row"French Albums (SNEP) [6] 35
scope="row"German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [7] 15
scope="row"Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [8] 6
scope="row" UK Albums (OCC) [9] 31
scope="row"US Billboard 200 [10] 152

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