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Released: October 5, 1987

Rating: 4.097 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. If You All Get to Heaven [5:17]
  2. If You Let Me Stay [3:14]
  3. Wishing Well (D’Arby/Oliver) [3:30]
  4. I’ll Never Turn My Back on You (Father’s Words) [3:37]
  5. Dance Little Sister [3:55]
  6. Seven More Days [4:34]
  7. Let’s Go Forward [5:32]
  8. Rain [2:58]
  9. Sign Your Name [4:37]
  10. As Yet Untitled [5:33]
  11. Who’s Lovin’ You (Robinson) [4:24]

Songs written by Terence Trent D’Arby unless noted otherwise.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 2.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.72
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 12.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • If You Let Me Stay (3/14/87) #68 US, #7 UK, #19 RB
  • Wishing Well (6/20/87) #1 US, #4 UK, #1 RB, #44 AC. Gold single.
  • Dance Little Sister (10/10/87) #30 US, #20 UK, #9 RB
  • Sign Your Name (1/9/88) #4 US, #2 UK, #2 RB, #13 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.

Introducing the Hardline According to…
Terence Trent D’Arby
Terence Trent d’Arby burst out of the gates with what has been called “one of the best debuts ever.” AL In an all-time hype-worthy move, D’Arby “claimed that this was the most important album since the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.” RB

Introducing the Hardline… certainly isn’t that essential, but it is still “a stunning, soulful approach to merging old influences and new realities.” AL “Although the production is quite modern, D’Arby shows his roots in the work of older artists, borrowing a page or two from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, while James Brown appears to have had the strongest influence on d'Arby's stage presence.” RB

“This young, cocky black British singer” RB may not have have changed the world with this album, but it still had its influence. D’Arby, “who wrote virtually every note [and] played a multitude of instruments,” RB crafted an an “egomaniacal/lover stance” AL without which “it’s hard to fathom Maxwell, Tony Toni Tone, or any other neo-soul boys.” AL

Review Sources:

If You Let Me Stay

Wishing Well

Dance Little Sister

Sign Your Name

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Last updated March 12, 2011.