After My Time

After My Time

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by Noel Gourdin
     
 
Noel Gourdin's debut album has been several years in the making, at least if you track back to the Kay Gee-produced "Family Reunion," a song featured in the 2004 movie The Cookout. "The River," a gorgeous and spiritual '60s throwback, became his first official single in 2007 and found early support from Steve

Overview

Noel Gourdin's debut album has been several years in the making, at least if you track back to the Kay Gee-produced "Family Reunion," a song featured in the 2004 movie The Cookout. "The River," a gorgeous and spiritual '60s throwback, became his first official single in 2007 and found early support from Steve Harvey, who spun it on his Morning Show. Once After My Time was released in July of the following year, the song had been on the R&B/hip-hop chart for several months, never threatening to reach the top but holding steady for an apparent eternity, much like a couple Anthony Hamilton singles. That is likely a good indication of Gourdin's future status -- not superstar-level, yet not without a set of enduring (if not blockbuster) hits and a very devoted fan base. While Gourdin's not quite as classicist as Hamilton -- his voice is flexible enough to allow the possibility of making albums that fill any number of R&B pigeonholes -- he can be roughly slotted into the John Legend/Chrisette Michele/Raheem DeVaughn camp, where modern sounds mix it up with classic inspirations. He's definitely tapping more directly into the 30-and-over crowd with "The River" and sincerely humbled ballads like "Sorry" (which slows and softens Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew," aka the backbone of A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation") and "Make the Most" (which owes most of its production to Michael Henderson and Jean Carn's "Valentine Love"). Even the productions that are synth-spiked or more hip-hop-oriented -- "Open," "Better Man" -- don't register as flagrant attempts to top the pop chart; yet, at the same time, they add a necessary dimension and another level of appeal to Gourdin's debut.

Editorial Reviews

Vibe
Gourdin turns out music that is a hybrid of East Coast and Down South soul, nothing like the high-energy gymnastic sounds the current crop of R&B stars creates.
USA Today
Gourdin’s heartfelt ode to family, is just a taste of the soul that flows through this sumptuous debut. [3 out of 4 stars]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0828768064528
catalogNumber:
806452
Rank:
66401

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Noel Gourdin   Primary Artist
Salaam Remi   Bass,Drums,fender rhodes
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Charles Jones   Keyboards
Robert Ozuna   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Minnie Riperton   Composer
Ronnie Foster   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Cliff Lighty   Composer
Darren Lighty   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell   Composer
Karl Heilbron   Engineer
Raeford Gerald   Composer
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer,Producer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
Dave Hyman   Engineer
Courtney Adams   Marketing
Pierre Medor   Composer,Vocal Producer
Keir Gist   Composer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer
Robert Ozuna   Composer
Candice Nelson   Composer
Charles "Biscuits" Brungardt   Engineer
Rico Love   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer
Eddie "Shyboogs" Timmons   Engineer
Adam Miele   Engineer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Composer
Noel Gourdin   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Anesha Birchett   Composer
Antwann Frost   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Brian Seals   Composer
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro   Engineer

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After My Time 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
specialtee More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! It's Sexy and really easy to listen too. He really poured his heart out. The Cd reminded me of when I lived in VA. I can't wait to hear more from Noel.
LadyNott More than 1 year ago
I really love this CD. Old school, new school, a new experience. Has a little bit for everyone. Helps to reflect on the various aspects of life and relationships.
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