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21

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by Omarion
 

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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

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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 beyond 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828768106822
catalogNumber:
81068

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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
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
Timbaland   Producer
Vernon Mungo   Vocal Engineer
Henley Regisford   Executive Producer
Ketrina Askew   Executive Producer
Lamonte Lassiter   Instrumentation
Harvey Mason   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Pastor Andrew Merritt   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Rufus Moore   Composer
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
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Underdogs   Producer

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