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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Like Ciara, who released her own second album weeks prior to 21, Omarion sees his new age as a major milestone in his life. Thankfully, he doesn't get nearly as wrapped up in it as Ciara does on The Evolution. He instead gets down to making an album that is an across-the-board improvement over 2005's O. He's through whatever growing pains he was going through as a new solo artist, has more input as a songwriter, and gets more out of his collaborators (including returns from the Underdogs and Pharrell Williams). Almost as crucial, there's more natural confidence and far less posturing -- even if, at the very end of "Ice Box," he can't help but plug in a "'Marion, bitch!" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Like Ciara, who released her own second album weeks prior to 21, Omarion sees his new age as a major milestone in his life. Thankfully, he doesn't get nearly as wrapped up in it as Ciara does on The Evolution. He instead gets down to making an album that is an across-the-board improvement over 2005's O. He's through whatever growing pains he was going through as a new solo artist, has more input as a songwriter, and gets more out of his collaborators (including returns from the Underdogs and Pharrell Williams). Almost as crucial, there's more natural confidence and far less posturing -- even if, at the very end of "Ice Box," he can't help but plug in a "'Marion, bitch!" (It's up for debate as to whether or not these positive changes have anything to do with the drastically reduced role of executive producer Chris Stokes, who had been involved in nearly every aspect of Omarion's career since the B2K days.) Nearly each song, from the ballads to the club tracks, has something to recommend it. The brilliant Timbaland-helmed melodrama of "Ice Box" stands above all else, a fittingly brisk production crammed with desperation and one of the great hooks of 2006/2007: "I got this ice box where my heart used to be." But it's the middle patch, tracks five through seven, that truly makes the album, as it's filled with breezy synths, crafty rhythms, and one memorable melody after another. 21 is the best, most balanced R&B album made by an under-30 male since Usher's Confessions. That might not be saying much, but the field has been in desperate need of something like it for over two years. At the very least, it shows that Omarion has truly surpassed his status as the former member of a boy band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768106822
  • Catalog Number: 81068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Entourage (3:55)
  2. 2 Ice Box (4:16)
  3. 3 Electric (3:25)
  4. 4 Made for TV (4:46)
  5. 5 Just Can't Let You Go (3:03)
  6. 6 Obsession (4:13)
  7. 7 Midnight (3:58)
  8. 8 Just That Sexy (3:48)
  9. 9 Beg for It (2:56)
  10. 10 Do It (3:54)
  11. 11 Been with a Star (3:18)
  12. 12 What Are We Doing (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Omarion Primary Artist
Steve Russell Background Vocals
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals, Musician
Bryan-Michael Cox Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Adonis Stropshire Background Vocals
Ezekiel Lewis Background Vocals
Mila J Background Vocals
Patrick "J Que" Smith Background Vocals
The Underdogs Musician
Technical Credits
Marques Houston Executive Producer
Eric Hudson Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Steve Russell Composer
Patrick Smith Composer
Chris Stokes Executive Producer
Damon Thomas Composer
Eric Dawkins Composer, Producer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Colin Miller Digital Editing
Timbaland Producer
Vernon Mungo Vocal Engineer
Henley Regisford Jr. Executive Producer
Ketrina Askew Executive Producer
Lamonte Lassiter Instrumentation
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Tim Mosley Composer
Pastor Andrew Merritt Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Rufus Moore Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Kawan "KP" Prather Executive Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Programming, Producer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Adonis Stropshire Composer, Vocal Producer
Keri Hilson Composer
Ezekiel Lewis Composer
Antonio Dixon Composer
Sam Thomas Engineer
Omari Grandberry Composer, Executive Producer
John D. Norten Engineer
Sean Garrett Composer
Amberdawn Alexander Marketing
King Logan Producer
Johnkenun Spivey Producer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
The Underdogs Producer
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