Thank God for second chances, because without one we may have never been blessed with "Sweet Love" from the one and only Anita Baker. After getting her start with the group Chapter 8 in the late '70s and charting two singles, their label ran into financial trouble and the group got curbed. Anita decided to go back home to Detroit and get a job with a steady paycheck as a receptionist. But she still had the music in her and when approached to do her own project she refused at first but eventually came around and recorded her solo debut, The Songstress. That set produced a couple of Quiet Storm hits, but it was her 1986 sophomore disc, Rapture, that put Anita on everyone's radio frequency. The biggest song from the album was "Sweet Love," which became a crossover hit and won a well-deserved Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song. I don't know if Anita was really in love at the time this song was written, but you can feel the passion and fire in every lyric. This one goes out to all the lovers out there. How sweet it is, indeed.
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