All of Me

All of Me

by Estelle
     
 

"American Boy" put Estelle in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100, but none of the three subsequent singles from Shine touched that chart. The trend continued with a short series of A-sides during 2010 and 2011, with "Break My Heart" the exception. That song missed the Hot 100, but it actually fared slightly better on the R&B/Hip-HopSee more details below

Overview

"American Boy" put Estelle in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100, but none of the three subsequent singles from Shine touched that chart. The trend continued with a short series of A-sides during 2010 and 2011, with "Break My Heart" the exception. That song missed the Hot 100, but it actually fared slightly better on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart than "American Boy," likely due to the presence of hot-as-ever rapper Rick Ross. This sums up the singer
apper's predicament. She's in danger of being considered a one-hit wonder -- one who is probably too mature and R&B-oriented for enduring pop-star status, yet she's so closely tied to a big pop hit that it's something of a hindrance in the climate of 2012 R&B
ap radio. A couple of those failed singles, including "American Boy" retread "Fall in Love" (featuring Nas), did not make it onto All of Me, a concise album at 40 minutes -- just over a tenth of which consists of several interludes, segments from an intense discussion about romantic relationships. After an opening pair of tracks where Estelle reverts to her old self as an enjoyable MC, the album settles into a sequence of songs that covers a wide variety of emotional states within the framework of a romance. In the strikingly moody "Break My Heart," as in "please don't," Estelle vividly expresses the apprehension of entering a relationship with trust issues. Despite its downcast tone, it's the album's standout by a sizeable margin, and it's also where Estelle sounds most natural. The liquid midtempo jam "Cold Crush," something of a throwback to early-'80s synth funk à la the System, could be a sleeper summertime hit on adventurous radio stations. Much of what remains is pleasant and executed with finesse, yet not as memorable as the majority of The 18th Day or Shine. The appearances from Chris Brown and Trey Songz may qualify as the least necessary collaborations of 2012. It's unfortunate that the closing "Do My Thing," featuring boisterous Janelle Monáe interplay, organ, horns, and handclaps, won't get nearly as much attention.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2012
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678958397
catalogNumber:
521146
Rank:
9480

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Estelle   Primary Artist
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Bill Ware   Vibes
DJ Leon   scratching
Leo Abrahams   Guitar
Pete Murray   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Keyboards,Rhythm
Larrance Dopson   Keyboards
Christopher Barnes   Keyboards
Alioune Thiam   Background Vocals
Curt Chambers   Keyboards
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Piano,Keyboards
James Lewis   Guitar
Kairi Guinn   Keyboards
Ben Defusco   Guitar
Corey Gibson   Vocals
Charisa Dowe   Violin
Akene Dunkley   Keyboards
Johnnie Smith   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bootsy Collins   Composer,Lyricist
George Clinton   Composer,Lyricist
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Trevor Horn   Vocal Producer
James Poyser   Composer,Producer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Tony Corey   Marketing
Wyclef Jean   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Vince Montana   Composer
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer
David Banner   Composer,Producer
Sean Marshall   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Arden Altino   Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
John Stephens   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Producer
Christopher Barnes   Composer
John Legend   Executive Producer
Shaffer Smith   Composer,Lyricist
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Jason Agel   Arranger,Engineer
Mark Obriski   Art Direction
Chris Brown   Composer,Lyricist
Ne-Yo   Producer
Alioune Thiam   Composer,Lyricist
Mischa Chillak   Composer
Jeymes Samuel   Composer,Producer
Kadis   Producer
Don Cannon   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Curt Chambers   Composer
Tha Bizness   Producer
Graham Archer   Engineer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
Stacy Barthe   Composer,Lyricist
Tremaine Neverson   Composer,Lyricist
Estelle Swaray   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Thx   Producer
Dee Brown   Engineer
William Roberts   Composer
Ray Angry   Composer,Producer
Book   Producer
Ahmir Thompson   Composer,Producer
Corey Gibson   Composer,Lyricist
Joi Pitts   Marketing
Miykal Snoddy   Composer,Producer
Amber Streeter   Composer,Lyricist
Warren Zavala   Composer,Producer
Akene Dunkley   Composer,Producer
Bronze   Producer
Tyler Reynolds   Composer,Producer
Matthew Bronson   Composer
Isra Lohata   Composer,Programming,Producer
Gary Spriggs   Composer
Douglas Fraser Edwards   Composer
Thomas David Richardson   Composer
Daniel Jackson   Cover Image
Caveman Rosario   Engineer

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