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Nu Day
     

A Nu Day

4.4 9
by Tamia
 
With her flawlessly angelic soprano, Tamia was hailed by critics as the next Whitney Houston after her inspiring single "You Put a Move on My Heart" from Quincy Jones's Q's Jook Joint earned a Grammy nomination. Despite the Canadian beauty's critical acclaim and her

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With her flawlessly angelic soprano, Tamia was hailed by critics as the next Whitney Houston after her inspiring single "You Put a Move on My Heart" from Quincy Jones's Q's Jook Joint earned a Grammy nomination. Despite the Canadian beauty's critical acclaim and her collaborations with Babyface and Chaka Khan, however, Tamia's self-titled debut fell flat. Her fortunes seemed poised to reverse with her aptly titled follow-up, A Nu Day, a collection of feisty, drama-filled songs. This time around, Tamia is more interested in putting brothers in check than she is in singing another sad love song -- as is evident by the Missy Elliott-orchestrated "Can't Go for That" (a revamp of the Hall & Oates classic "I Can't Go for That") and the Shep Crawford-crafted "Stranger in My House." Although Tamia is married to wholesome NBA star Grant Hill, she lives out every scorned woman's fantasy on "Go," where she snipes "I know you love to wash your car, so I left it in the lake." Even the album's standout ballad, "If I Were You," is sugarless, proving that Tamia is no longer R&B's lovesick princess. Rather, she's a whaling diva who's just not havin' it. Neo Brentacious

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Canadian-born chanteuse Tamia's second album, A Nu Day, is a nice pop-R&B record that doesn't set off to break much new ground. She has more of a traditional singer's voice (à la Vanessa Williams) than the guttural growls of many of her day's R&B contemporaries. That said, this album provides for a pleasurable and unchallenging listening experience. As was the norm for that day and age, the album contains its share of man-dissing tunes, notably the two openers, "Dear John" and the set's first single, "Can't Go for That," which is also offered as the set's closer, in remix form, sampling the Hall & Oats hit from which it's inspired. There's also an adequate cover of the old DeBarge hit "Love Me in a Special Way." Some of the set's strongest material, however, includes funkier tunes penned by Dallas Austin, "Go," and Missy Elliott ("Wanna Be," arguably the set's biggest highlight). Dubious offerings include "Un'h--to You," which may sound somewhat funky, but the over-sexed lyrics come off sounding more awkward than legitimate (imagine Vanessa Williams singing about "finding her spot"). Another song, "Long Distance Love," tries awkwardly to make poetry out of lyrics that include the words "AT&T," "Bell Atlantic," and "Sprint," with awkward commercial-sounding results that only serve to date and cheapen this otherwise engaging set. Regardless, Tamia's voice is a pleasure to the ear, and the set boasts its share of strong songs. Other notables include "Stranger in My House" (the second single) and "If I Were You."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596251624
catalogNumber:
62516
Rank:
93559

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tamia   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Fernando Pullum   Horn
Jay Williams   Guitar
Pam Olivia   Background Vocals
Professa   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Clinta Turner   Background Vocals
Rhemario Webber   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Daryl Hall   Composer
Janna Allen   Composer
Dallas Austin   Producer
Merlin Bobb   Executive Producer
DeBarge   Composer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Rick Sheppard   MIDI,Sound Design
Tamia   Executive Producer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Lili Picou   Art Direction
Anne Catalino   Engineer
Shep Crawford   Producer
David "D-Lo" Lopez   Engineer

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A Nu Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this is the best tamia album to ever come out because all the songs have outstanding lyrics and beats to them.some people just do not know great music when they hear it fosho..............cant wait to hear another record from you tamia you my girl...........holler at your boy fosho......
Guest More than 1 year ago
my personal view on tamia is that she is the best female out right now apart 4rm beyonce and ashanti. ever since i heard officially missing u i thought the rest of her songs were the bomb she has so manny style of music the moods are very different sad to happy etc. tamia u go gurl and keep doin ur stuff coz im lovin it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a nuclear warhead !!! It explodes. I take it everywhere! Come on Tamia, give us more of the same. Not one song is a disappointment. I simply can't say enough about it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tamia, girl you did a wonderful job on this album. It was great lyrics along with the sound. I really enjoyed the single ''Stranger in my House'' the most. It was right on time. I was going through the same situation when the song was released. Thank you for helping me to sort my thoughts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Album is straight slamin' !! My favorite track is #5, El Debarges ''Love Me In A Special Way''. The song happens to be my personal favorite of all time. I never thought anyone could re-do ''my song'' and do it any justice, but Tamia proved wrong. I cried just like I did the 1st time I heard it when I was a Shorty! Go on Tamia! You've got great taste!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Tamia fan. With her sassy style of singing, and her new found hip hop beats makes this cd absolutely wonderful. If your not looking for alot of hard rap but nice music with a hint of hip hop this is the cd for you. I suggest everyone go out and get it! ''Love me in a special Way'' takes you back to when El debarge sang it and every woman/girl wanted to be loved. ''Long distance Love'' to ''Can't no Man'' lets you know just how passionate of a singer she is. It's a great cd for all music lovers/collectors. So enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tamia comes back with her sophomore set,new look,new label.maturity steps into view with tracks ''Go'',''Stranger In My House'',''Tell Me Who'' under the realms of Dallas Austin & Shep Crawford,showing she is one to watch.The lack of focus or consistency reprises once again as it did on her debut set,missteps from producers as Missy Elliot may prevent Tamia to reach the ranks of success that Brandy,Monica,Kelly Price or Deborah Cox have earned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I've heard her song "Stranger In My House" on the radio, I've been hooked to her music wanting more. However, I do hope she does not move her music style in the same direction as a lot of other female singers that have to use rappers to make a single song. It gets old after a while. And with her voice she really doesn't need a well known rapper to rap on her cd, it just sounds trashy, but that's my personal opinion. So other than the remix of "Can't Go For That" with Snoop Dog, I was very pleased with this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical about buying this CD. After I heard her two brillant songs on the radio, Stranger In My House and Can't Go For That, I knew there had to be more where that came from. I am pleased with this CD. She sings from her soul. Her remake of DeBarge's Love Me In A Special Way is off the hook. My other favorite song of hers is Dear John. Tamia's album is worth the 5 stars. I can't wait for her next project.