Lisa Stansfield - "This Is the Right Time"

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I remember the precise moment when it became ok for my generation to admit to loving disco: when Lisa Stansfield's "All Around the World" became a massive R&B, dance, and pop crossover hit in the fall of 1989 (I don't discount Jody Watley's decision to wear bellbottoms in the video for "Friends" a few months earlier, though). The third and least known hit from Stansfield's Affection LP is the one in which she and her producer/collaborators realize their ambition to meld Italian house (think Black Box's "Everybody, Everybody"), discoid choral symphonics, and shufflebeats. Stansfield's big, brassy vocal evokes Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan, but that frisson of thawing English reserve is all her own. She had no business covering a Barry White stalwart seven years later.