Tina Turner, Break Every Rule

Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

Break Every Rule

Tina Turner

Tina Turner convincingly proved there was life after Private Dancer with her sixth solo work, Break Every Rule. Since Graham Lyle and Terry Britten had previously produced the monster hit "What's Love Got To With It," Turner gave them the entire A-side. It's also among her most versatile releases, thanks to the talents of such rock royalty as Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Mark Knopfler, as well as Bryan Adams. Collins's provides the percussive energy and edge for "Typical Male," another Turner number skewering the attitude and approach of would-be macho men. Clapton's piercing guitar underlines "What You Get is What You See," which along with "Break Every Rule" proved big R&B tunes. Winwood's prickly keyboard work helped make "Afterglow" a big club hit in America and Europe. Adams co-wrote and produced "Back Where You Started," which nabbed Turner another Top 10 rock hit, and was one of eight singles issued off the LP.

Among her most versatile releases

Along with the ace musicianship, the other strength of Break Every Rule was its vocal consistency. This was also among her hottest albums rhythmically. "Break Every Rule," "What You See is What You Get," and "Typical Male" were all issued in multiple mixes for clubs and dance radio, even though some fans overseas weren't thrilled by "Typical Male"'s lyrical message. Turner would also take advantage of working with Clapton and Collins to cut "Tearing Us Apart," a duet with Clapton that appeared on his LP August (produced by Collins). This is among her more underrated LPs, because everyone was so overwhelmed by Private Dancer this was seen as a disappointment or a lesser work. It's really among her best '80s releases, even if a reportedly wonderful cover of Sam Cooke's "Having A Party" never made it onto the album.