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Diana Ross’ Grand Pop Comeback with 1991’s ‘The Force Behind the Power’

PopMatters
 2021-09-15

Cover picture for the articleAfter nearly a decade at RCA, Diana Ross’ return to Motown was hyped as a queen returning to her castle. Though she started with a huge bang with the platinum-selling Why Do Fools Fall in Love, her tenure at RCA was marked an ever-increasing dwindle in her album sales. The independence she seemingly sought from the label turned out to work against her as the quality of her work became erratic. Unfortunately, her return-to-Motown album, Workin’ Overtime, did not return Ross to her former glory. Produced by Nile Rodgers, the album sought to bring Ross into the late 1980s. Despite his success with her on 1980’s classic diana, Workin’ Overtime failed to update Ross’ sound – she sounded somewhat lost and uncomfortable singing over the clanging New Jack Swing production.

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