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At Last
     

At Last

by Gladys Knight
 

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For her first mainstream R&B album since 1994's Just for You, soul legend Gladys Knight teams up with a host of contemporary producers, including Babyface and Shep Crawford -- a career move that places the soulful songbird on a level playing field with younger divas such as Toni

Overview

For her first mainstream R&B album since 1994's Just for You, soul legend Gladys Knight teams up with a host of contemporary producers, including Babyface and Shep Crawford -- a career move that places the soulful songbird on a level playing field with younger divas such as Toni Braxton and Deborah Cox. Knight plunges heart first into a collection of ballads that address the ever-changing seasons of love, from the search for Mr. Right on "I Wanna Be Loved," a duet with comedian-cum-singer Jamie Foxx, to the end of an affair on the pleading, piano-driven "Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love with You)." Because the disc's music sticks to adult contemporary-friendly midtempo grooves, Knight's luscious alto has the chance to marinate in rich material such as her hushed, gospel-flavored rendering of Bill Withers's "Grandma's Hands" and the Babyface-produced, harmony-laden ballad "Love Hurts." Most impressive, however, is Knight's reworking of country star Phil Vassar's "Rose Bouquet," which she transforms into a quiet storm jam with call-and-response vocals and a rock-solid groove. As a solo artist, Knight has yet to reach the recording pinnacle she enjoyed during her days with the Pips, but with At Last, she takes a creative step in the right direction. Dave Gil de Rubio

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
At Last, Gladys Knight's first studio album since 1995, offers a much-welcomed return by the gifted vocalist who easily adapts to contemporary music without compromising her signature sweet tones. The 13 tracks featured on At Last are a blend of mid-tempo R&B fare and ballads. Because Knight seamlessly incorporates a 2001 music sensibility to this recording, At Last can comfortably sit alongside works by Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton, Faith Evans, and other younger musical counterparts. Single releases from this album will be right at home on R&B and urban radio stations. Being out of the studio for six years has had no effect on Knight, as she is in top form. Her voice is rich, soulful, and silky as she grooves on such tracks as "If I Were Your Woman II" and "Greatest Love of All." "Grandma's Hands" takes a more soulful, gospel-like turn, with words reminiscent of Southern ragtime blues. References to fried bacon, Sunday morning, and church imagine a Southern lifestyle deeply rooted in family and religion. "Love Hurts" sees Knight's voice full of emotion as she offers a nurturing and sage perspective on matters of the heart. Actor Jamie Foxx takes a turn on the mic with Knight on "I Wanna Be Loved." It's the album's one mildly uncomfortable moment because Foxx lacks the power and presence to hold his own alongside Knight. His voice just disappears on this duet. At Last marks a refreshing return by Gladys Knight, who doesn't miss a beat.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811239725
catalogNumber:
112397

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Performance Credits

Gladys Knight   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jamie Foxx   Track Performer
Abe Appleman   Strings
Dave Brooks   Background Vocals
Reggie Burrell   Background Vocals
Keith Crouch   Organ
Max Ellen   Strings
Voncielle Faggett   Background Vocals
John Fluker   Keyboards
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Mark Hammond   Synthesizer
James Harrah   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Harris   Background Vocals
Jamey Jaz   Recorder,Background Vocals
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Regis Landiorio   Strings
Jeanne LeBlanc   Strings
Richard Locker   Strings
Eric McKain   Percussion
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Kristle Murden   Background Vocals
Gene Orloff   Strings
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,fender rhodes
Marilyn Reynolds   Strings
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Bill Whittington   Recorder
Keith "Mr.Big D" Wyatt   Bass
Ming Yeh   Strings
Renee Spearman   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Bass
Eric Jackson   Guitar
Michael Norfleet   Keyboards
Belinda Whitney   Strings
Josh Sklar   Guitar
Bradley Spalter   Keyboards
Jon-John Robinson   Keyboards
Toni Estes   Background Vocals
Adam Kagan   Keyboards
Darrell Crawford   Background Vocals
Fulfillment Choir   Background Vocals
James D.C. Wilson   Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Williams   Bass Guitar
Clay Perry   Keyboards
Clinta Turner   Background Vocals
LaToiya Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Elizabeth Miller   Strings

Technical Credits

Gladys Knight   Poetry,Producer,Contributor,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Gary Brown   Producer
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Producer
Allen Abrahamson   Engineer
Chris Carroll   Engineer
Gordon Chambers   Vocal Arrangements
Tom Dowd   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mark Hammond   drum programming
Jamey Jaz   Programming,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Arif Mardin   String Arrangements
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Emile Charlap   Copy
Randy Jackson   Producer
Michael Norfleet   Programming
Ian Boxill   Engineer
Bradley Spalter   Programming
Anne Catalino   Engineer
Jon-John Robinson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Adam Kagan   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Shep Crawford   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Roger Blanc   Copy
James D.C. Wilson   Programming,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Instrumentation
Claiborne   Poetry,Contributor
Ai Fujisaki   Engineer
Elliott Peters   Engineer

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