As Above So Below

As Above So Below

by Anthony David
     
 

Neo-soul singer/songwriter Anthony David's As Above So Below is his third studio album, following 2004's Three Chords & the Truth and 2006's The Red Clay Chronicles (and not including 2008's Acey Duecy, a major-label compilation drawn from those two, and The Setup, a live EP released earlier in 2011). It'sSee more details below

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Neo-soul singer/songwriter Anthony David's As Above So Below is his third studio album, following 2004's Three Chords & the Truth and 2006's The Red Clay Chronicles (and not including 2008's Acey Duecy, a major-label compilation drawn from those two, and The Setup, a live EP released earlier in 2011). It's a curious combination of romantic and political material, all set to the quiet, steady beats and acoustic rhythm guitar of the singer's chosen style. On the one hand, David is very much concerned with politics. On "Reach Ya," he weighs in on the health care debate, making this probably one of the few songs to use the phrase "pre-existing condition." "God Said" finds the singer speaking in the voice of a religious zealot whose "imaginary friend" tells him how to behave. And he wraps up this mini-set of social issues with a cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." His authority as a moral arbiter might be strengthened if his romantic songs were not so concerned with his own infidelity. In "Girlfriend," he unconvincingly puts off other women by mechanically repeating that he has a girlfriend, while "Get Around" is addressed to that girlfriend, to whom he explains that he just isn't the faithful type. He returns to social matters most forcefully at the end with the "ghetto epic" "Backstreet," a cautionary tale of guns and drugs in which the narrator, intent upon murdering a rival, gets the tables turned on him and finds himself singing from beyond the grave. All of this reinforces the title, As Above So Below, which turns out to be an ambitious album that will give listeners quite a few things to think about as they groove with the beats.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923209720
catalogNumber:
2097
Rank:
103405

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony David   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
DeMarco Johnson   Harmonica
Shawn Stockman   Vocals
Dan Needham   Percussion
Andrew Ramsey   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brandon Thomas   Guitar,Guitar (Nashville)
Algebra Blessett   Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Beat Box,Sounds
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Khari Cabral Simmons   Bass
Marcus Finney   Percussion,Drums
Phonte   Vocals
Drew Ramsey   Guitar
Rissi Palmer   Background Vocals
Jon Roberts   Bass
Chris Johnson   Drums
Eva Kennedy   Background Vocals
Shelly Raymond   Background Vocals
Sheerene Whitfeild   screams
Shawn Asberry   Background Vocals
Saaneah Jamison   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Roland Orzabal   Composer
Ian Stanley   Composer
Andrew Ramsey   Composer,Producer
Brandon Thomas   Composer,Producer
Algebra Blessett   Composer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Producer
Arnold Mischkulnig   Mastering
Anthony David   Producer,Engineer
Phonte Coleman   Composer
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
K. "DJ Kemit" Hyman   Producer,drum programming
Michael Gregory   Engineer
Chris Johnson   Composer
Chris Hughs   Composer
Anthony David Harrington   Composer
Kevin E. Hyman   Composer
Rashei Francis   Composer

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