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Different Me
     

A Different Me

4.5 14
by Keyshia Cole
 
A Different Me offers more dimensions, from lyrical and production standpoints, than Keyshia Cole's first two albums. Everything she recorded prior to this came from some degree of pain. Even though Just Like You's "Heaven Sent" was as beatific as anything else on the charts throughout 2008, its sentiment came more from a

Overview

A Different Me offers more dimensions, from lyrical and production standpoints, than Keyshia Cole's first two albums. Everything she recorded prior to this came from some degree of pain. Even though Just Like You's "Heaven Sent" was as beatific as anything else on the charts throughout 2008, its sentiment came more from a sense of relief in the wake of relationships gone sour, and "Let It Go" was made for the club but dealt with "roaming dogs." Overall, this is Cole's most free-spirited and adventurous album to date, and it is not without its stretches where reach exceeds grasp, like the jazzed-up, over-busy statement of purpose "Make Me Over" and the surprisingly saccharine "This Is Us." Yet there's a core of at least seven songs here that rate as highly as the best from the first two albums, and they're anything but reheated. "Don't Stop" beams with energy and pure, uncomplicated joy. "Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yea" is yearningly seductive, from Cole's pleas to its drawn-out tides of strings. In "Thought You Should Know," she doesn't drop her guard entirely while revealing more vulnerability than ever. "No Other" is the only track that sounds cut from the same cloth as Just Like You, and the resemblance is only in sound, with the equally urgent and sweepingly dramatic "Shoulda Let You Go" a definite reference, but the emotions between the two are starkly contrasting, with regret exchanged for aching desire. Cole pushes herself into new territory and becomes a more versatile songwriter and vocalist in convincing, frequently thrilling, fashion. Here's where the comparisons begin to fade away.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
Cole (the star of her own hit BET reality series) still sounds plenty intense singing about finding a guy who completes her; in her experience-ravaged vocals you can hear relief, but also the knowledge that stability has a way of attracting trouble. [B]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517910188
catalogNumber:
001239502
Rank:
25872

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keyshia Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ron Fair   Organ,Harmonica,Conductor,Vocals,Vibes
Dan Higgins   Flute
Frank Wolf   Strings
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Musician
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
Ester Dean   Vocals
Jason Perry   Drums
Josh "Guido" Rivera   Guitar
Josh Rivera   Guitar
Theron Feemster   Drums,Keyboards,Musician

Technical Credits

Kwamé   Composer
Pastor Donald Alford   Producer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer,String Conductor
James Poyser   Producer
Chris James   Engineer
Claudio Cueni   Engineer
Johnny J   Producer,Audio Production
Poke   Audio Production
Poke & Tone   Producer
Andre Harris   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Tank   Producer
Bojan Dugich   Engineer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Producer,Audio Production
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Keyshia Cole   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
James Murray   Engineer
Alexander "Spanador" Mosley   Audio Production
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer
Runners   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Manny Halley   Executive Producer,Audio Production,Management
Ester Dean   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Kid Named Gus   Engineer
Vek Neal   Illustrations
Outsyders   Producer,Engineer
David "DQ" Quinones   Engineer
V. Horn   Composer
Tone   Audio Production
R. Owen   Composer
J.T. Miller   Composer
J. Guido   Composer
I. Barisas   Composer
E. Dean   Composer
E. Bogart   Composer
N. Briscoe   Composer
Outsyders   Audio Production
Rafael Akinyemi   Composer
Joe Bereal   Composer
Are   Audio Production
A. Mosley   Composer
R. Gonzalez   Composer
S.J. Barnes   Composer
I. Turner   Composer
F. Taylor   Composer
J. Jackson   Composer
J. Jones   Composer
J. Poyser   Composer
T. Jones   Composer
T. Turner   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer
Theron Feemster   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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A Different Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cdm1955 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Keyshia Cole since her first album dropped on me at work. I asked people who was she. Now I know. After hearing this third album; I am a truer fan. Beginning with the fourth cut -I had goose pimples. Erotic, You Complete Me and No Other deliver to the core.

The thing that's so electrifying about Keyshia Cole is she has the phenonmenal ability to transcend age in her music. Her abilities are not merely relegated to Hip-Hop or R&B. Keyshia's music is designated to one thing we all have, "Heart." I am emotional talking about this album - because; I am hard to please when it comes to music. It's unbelievable that Keyshia can continue to deliver; when it's so easy for Artist to fall dismally to the wayside.

Much success is wished upon this genius of music. She's going to be around a very long time!

Carol Denise Mitchell
Writer, Poet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All songs on this CD is worth buying.
MszNelly More than 1 year ago
I love this album. When I first heard it, i fell in love.I love the song No Other.You Complete Me is also very cool.But the cover doesn't look right for minors to see.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
This really is a different Keyshia Cole. Lyrically she's lighter and free willing, even somewhat playful. The arrangements fit the new image as well with top notch producers and a retro 80's feel to capture the ear. As I continue to listen, the album starts to grow on me and becomes more infectious. By the time I'd reached the end I wanted to hear it again. Nice touch from Ms. Cole. I would love to hear what she does next.
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