Universal - 2004 - 58 minutes

It's been a while since we heard anything new from Lionel Richie, a singer/songwriter whose work is instantly recognisable the world over. After over forty years in the business and a string of hits, it's safe to say that his success is what most musicians dream of. It's quite surprising then that his eighth solo album is actually quite mediocre.

'Just For You' is a stale offering when compared with Richie's previous work. Having penned classics such as 'Dancing on the Ceiling', 'Hello' and 'Three Times a Lady', his new collection is particularly disappointing lyrically. There is little that stands out, with the exception of 'Do Ya', an up-tempo number co-written with Daniel Beddingfield.

The album also lacks musical originality. The dulcet tones of 'Just to be With You Again' combined with the Caribbean feel of 'She's Amazing' and 'The World is a Party' is nothing new. It would have been nice if Richie had been more daring with this collection.

His style may be tried and tested, but Richie seriously runs the risk of becoming out-dated and out of fashion. Ultimately, 'Just For You' is a disappointing offering, coming nowhere near the quality of work this musical giant has produced previously.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Just for You - I Still Believe - Just to be With You Again - She's Amazing - Ball and Chain - The World is a Party - Time of Our Life (Featuring Lenny Kravitz) - Outrageous - Road to Heaven - Dance for the World - Do Ya (Duet with Daniel Beddingfield) - In My Dreams - One World - (Bonus Track) If You Belong to Me