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Change (Lisa Stansfield song)

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"Change"
File:Change by Lisa Stansfield.jpg
Single by Lisa Stansfield
from the album Real Love
Released7 October 1991 (1991-10-07)
Format
Recorded1991
Genre
Length5:39
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ian Devaney
  • Andy Morris
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"You Can't Deny It"
(1990)
"Change"
(1991)
"All Woman"
(1991)
Music video
"Change" (EU) on YouTube

"Change" is a song recorded by British singer Lisa Stansfield for her 1991 album, Real Love. It was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, and produced by Devaney and Morris. It was released as the lead single on 7 October 1991. "Change" was remixed by Frankie Knuckles and Driza Bone. Two music videos for the song were released: the European version directed by Steve Lowe and the US version directed by Stefan Würnitzer. "Change" became a hit reaching top ten in several European countries and Canada. In the United States, it peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs (for two weeks), number twelve on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number thirteen on the Adult Contemporary Singles.

In 2003, "Change" was included on Biography: The Greatest Hits. In 2014, the remixes of "Change" were included on the deluxe 2CD + DVD re-release of Real Love and on People Hold On ... The Remix Anthology (also on The Collection 1989–2003).

Critical reception[edit source | edit]

The song received favorable reviews from most music critics. Bay Area Reporter wrote that Stansfield is "sounding like Donna Summer".[1] Boston Herald said that "the husky-voiced singer purrs through a string of lushly orchestrated dance/pop love ballads" as "Change".[2] Columbus Dispatch noted that "before Stansfield even gets around to singing on the album's first single, Change, she breathes - deeply - into her microphone to establish mood. Nearly every line in the song, in fact, is preceded by a sensuous expulsion of breath."[3] Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented that "blending elements of Jazz, Pop and Dance is an art Lisa and partners Ian Devaney and Andy Morris perfected on their debut album, and now they take us to level two. If this lead-off single is any indication, her soon-to-be-released album Real Love should cause an awful lot of excitement when it hits the street."[4] Scott Sterling from The Michigan Daily noted the song as a "smooth, driving groove with luscious strings and mellow horns that sounds like a '90s Love Unlimited Orchestra."[5] Daniel S. Housman from Miscellany News commented that it "seems addressed to a friend in need."[6] Music & Media stated that on her first single in two years, Stansfield is "updating the '70s "Philly" soul sound, tastefully adding a fashionable dance beat to it."[7] Newcastle Evening Chronicle noted that the song "marks the start of a new and exciting era in her career."[8] Rune Slyngstad from Nordlandsposten called it "breathtaking and strolling".[9] Sun-Sentinel said that "Change" "deals with unconditional love. The woman is telling the man that she loves him and always will despite all he's put her through. (Sound familiar, ladies?) This song has a funky beat that really gets you moving."[10]

Track listings[edit source | edit]

European/US 7" single / Japanese CD single

  1. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18
  2. "A Little More Love" – 4:28

European CD single

  1. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18
  2. "Change" (Driza Bone Mix) – 6:11
  3. "A Little More Love" – 4:28

UK CD single

  1. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18
  2. "Change" (Driza Bone Mix) – 6:11
  3. "Change" (Knuckles Mix) – 6:29

US CD single

  1. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18
  2. "Change" (Classic Radio Mix Edit) – 3:55
  3. "Change" (Ultimate Club Mix) – 7:54
  4. "It's Got to Be Real" – 5:17

European 12" single

  1. "Change" (Driza Bone Mix) – 6:11
  2. "A Little More Love" – 4:28
  3. "Change" (Knuckles Mix) – 6:29

UK 12" single

  1. "Change" (Driza Bone Mix) – 6:11
  2. "Change" (Bone-Idol Mix) – 5:57
  3. "Change" (Knuckles Mix) – 6:29

US 12" single

  1. "Change" (Ultimate Club Mix) – 7:54
  2. "Change" (Misty Dub Mix) – 7:31
  3. "Change" (Driza Bone Dub Mix) – 6:08
  4. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18

UK promotional 12" single

  1. "Change" (Metamorphosis Mix) – 7:04

2006 US digital Dance Vault Mixes

  1. "Change" (Ultimate Club Mix) – 7:54
  2. "Change" (Misty Dub Mix) – 7:31
  3. "Change" (Driza Bone Mix) – 6:11
  4. "Change" (Single Mix) – 4:18
  5. "Change" (Knuckles Mix) – 6:29
  6. "Change" (Bone-Idol Mix) – 5:57

Charts[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Lisa Stansfield Real Love (Arista)". Bay Area Reporter. 26 December 1991. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. "DISCS Brit singer Stansfield proves 'Real Love' is intoxicating". Boston Herald. 15 November 1991. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. "STANSFIELD BREATHES 'REAL LOVE' INTO FOLLOW-UP". Columbus Dispatch. 12 December 1991. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  4. Sholin, Dave (18 October 1991). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 1878. p. 60. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. "Records: Lisa Stansfield - Real Love". The Michigan Daily. 15 January 1992. p. 8. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  6. Housman, Daniel S. (31 January 1992). "The Inimitable Spirit and Lush Voice of Lisa Stansfield". Miscellany News. p. 9. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  7. "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 19 October 1991. p. 33. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  8. "Lisa Stansfield - Change". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 26 October 1991. page 28. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  9. Slyngstad, Rune (13 November 1991). "NYE ALBUM". Nordlandsposten (in Norwegian). p. 33. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  10. "STANSFIELD MINES LOVE'S UPS, DOWNS". Sun-Sentinel. 5 June 1992. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
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