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Abundance
     

Abundance

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by Platinum Pied Pipers
 
With Triple P three and a half years in the past, Waajeed and Saadiq condense their name from Platinum Pied Pipers to PPP and transform just about everything else, from their associates to their sound. Abundance is no downtempo left-field R&B affair. It's not the type of album you

Overview

With Triple P three and a half years in the past, Waajeed and Saadiq condense their name from Platinum Pied Pipers to PPP and transform just about everything else, from their associates to their sound. Abundance is no downtempo left-field R&B affair. It's not the type of album you can either absorb or allow to fade into the background. There's no choice here; the songs confront the ears, yet there's no discord, only an immediate connection to the pleasure receptors. Joined by a completely different roster of vocal and songwriting collaborators -- primarily Coultrain and Karma Stewart, but also involving Jamila Raegan and Neco Redd, as well as several instrumentalists (drums, guitar, strings, horns) and one assist from abstract hip-hop producer Dabrye -- the crew orchestrates a walloping set that, while firmly rooted in R&B throughout, takes a bracing turn with each track. It's a product of the studio, but it must have been constructed with full-band live performance in mind, where there are no lulls in energy, from the tracks with bounding dance beats and call-and-response vocals to the ballads with exquisitely detailed arrangements. Even with the knowledge that Waajeed's ghost productions have been circulating throughout the upper end of the industry, it's startling to hear songs as large, direct, and sleek as "Luv Affair" and "Go, Go, Go," a back-to-back pair that would not be out of place within the last half of Diddy's Press Play or any other album involving productions from Timbaland and Danja. "Go, Go, Go," in fact, could be fronted by Britney Spears, but it would lose the emotional grit. And it's that grit, combined with ambition-fueled passion and a palpable sense of "in a zone" energy, that ties all of these songs -- the alternate-reality pop hits laced with gleaming synths, the song-oriented house tracks, the tasteful "grown folks"-styled moments, and everything in-between. The album's lead single, released months before the album, was the dynamite '60s throwback "On a Cloud," indicating that PPP could have done a full-length genre exercize to rival Amy Winehouse's Back to Black or Raphael Saadiq's The Way I See It. Instead, it's just one piece of a multi-dimensional album with no misfires.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2009
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661123927
catalogNumber:
11239

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Platinum Pied Pipers   Primary Artist
Bobby Taylor   Chant
Jonathan Powell   Horn
Shaphan "Maestro" Williams   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Chant
Neco Redd   Track Performer
Monica Blaire   Chant
Darnell "Saadiq" Bolden   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Heun Choi   Cello
Sydney "Cyber" Driver   Drums
Aaron "Coultrain" Frison   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Fung Chern Hwei   Violin
Robert "Waajeed" O'Bryant   Vocals
Jamila Raegan   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Young   Chant
Simon Katz   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dabrye   Producer
Jonathan Powell   Producer,String Arrangements
Tony Ozier   Engineer
Darnell "Saadiq" Bolden   Producer
Robert "Waajeed" O'Bryant   Arranger,Producer
Jamila Raegan   Composer

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