Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

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by Eric Benét
     
 
It's so refreshing when an artist throws in a little old-school flavor to keep things fresh. Contradictory? Not in the sampled-out '90s. Eric Benét's smooth sounds and conscientious content beg comparisons to Maxwell and D'Angelo, but he's keeping it a little less polished -- which is a good thing. On "Georgy

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It's so refreshing when an artist throws in a little old-school flavor to keep things fresh. Contradictory? Not in the sampled-out '90s. Eric Benét's smooth sounds and conscientious content beg comparisons to Maxwell and D'Angelo, but he's keeping it a little less polished -- which is a good thing. On "Georgy Porgy" Benét is a perfect match for honey-voiced Faith Evans, and the result is a mellow head-bopper straight off the '70s radio dial. Other contributors here -- Roy Ayers, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Tamia, Wyclef Jean, and a string of seasoned producers -- add clout, but none overshadow Benét's vision (he cowrote 11 of the 13 tracks). No one song on A DAY IN THE LIFE shouts for attention; instead the midtempo grooves ("That's Just the Way," "Something Real") and back-in-the-day jams ("Spend My Life with You," "Love the Hurt Away") form a steady stream of sublime songs, proving you don't have to be flashy to be a star. Benét is well on his way, but there's so much to treasure along the way. Lucky for us, he's in no hurry.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
On his second album of urban adult contemporary, singer/songwriter Eric Benet scores with a series of mellow grooves and sizzling duets aimed at both the body and brain. A Day in the Life is sharper than contemporary R&B, keeping the arrangements and production simple, all the while nodding toward the genre's golden era of the '70s (which is also evident in the album's Toto and Kansas covers). Benet does, however, play the same loverman role on most of the songs here, never quite allowing them or his tranquil voice to stretch (and sometimes breathe). The best cuts, though -- Toto's "Georgy Porgy" with Faith Evans and "Spend My Life With You" (featuring Tamia) -- are velvety modern soul soaked in traditional sounds.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/1999
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624707226
catalogNumber:
47072
Rank:
29704

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Benét   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Ayers   Vocals,Vibes,Track Performer
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Fuzzy   Background Vocals
Eddie Alford   Guitar
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Leslie Butler   Keyboards
Larry Gold   Cello
Jef Lee Johnson   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Meshell Ndegeocello   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Alexander Morgan   Background Vocals
George Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
James Poyser   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Tamia   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Faith Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Spanky Alford   Bass,Guitar
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Marlon Simon   Percussion
Shari Watson   Background Vocals
Brian Frazier Moore   Drums
Isaac Phillips   Bass,Guitar
Edsel Gomez   Piano
Davis Bernett   Viola
Lee Jef Johnson   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Frazier Moore   Snare Drums
Kenya B.   Guitar
Jazzy G   Guitar
Demonté Posey   Piano,Drums,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Bass,Musician
Heidi Vincent   Cello

Technical Credits

Alison Ball-Gabriel   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Larry Funk   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
David Kennedy   Engineer
Brian Alexander Morgan   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Programming,Producer
George Nash   Producer,Engineer
James Poyser   Producer
Sauce   Engineer,drum programming
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Eric Benét   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Andy Salas   Engineer
Andy Haller   Engineer
Alex Sok   Engineer
Brian Frazier Moore   drum programming
Carlos "Storm" Martinez   Engineer
Mark Holley   Engineer
Vikter Duplaix   Producer
Kenya B.   Producer,drum programming
Demonté Posey   Producer,Engineer
Nat Foster   Engineer

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A Day in the Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is wonderful. You will never get tired of hearing the songs over and over again. There are so many good songs-its hard to pick just on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe, but this is my first Eric Benet CD, and boy am I glad I've been enlightened. I keep this in my changer. It's a keeper. Eric's soulful voice can calm the restless, ease the pain and force a smile. Its not a CD, it's a relationship !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago