Michael Franks - Passionfruit
Michael Franks - Passionfruit

Michael Franks - Passionfruit

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Passionfruit is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in 1983 by Warner Bros. Records. It was Franks' eighth studio album.

AllMusic Review by

While on first listen Michael Franks' Passionfruit appears to convey a jazz fusion approach, the inclusion of such contributors as Naná Vasconcelos, Astrud Gilberto and Toots Thielemans actually shows it to be a further continuation of Franks' championing of Brazilian music, with a light and deft touch. As on his previous outing, for which he brought in guest vocalists (Bonnie Raitt, Luther Vandross and Randy VanWarmer), on this album he enlists vocalist Kenny Rankin as well asGilberto. This time, though, the vocalists appear to be a more natural fit. "Amazon," "Rainy Night in Tokyo" and "How the Garden Grows" reveals some of his best writing in some time, while "Now That Your Joystick's Broke" wouldn't be out of place lyrically alongside some of his clever, earlier songs.