Nu Day

Nu Day

4.4 9
by Tamia
     
 

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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 herSee more details below

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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

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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:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596251648
catalogNumber:
62516

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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
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Rick Sheppard   MIDI,Sound Design
Tamia   Executive Producer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer,Digital Editing
Lili Picou   Art Direction
Anne Catalino   Engineer
Shep Crawford   Producer
David "D-Lo" Lopez   Engineer

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