Baby Makin' Music

Baby Makin' Music

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by Ronald Isley
     
 
Ronald and Ernie Isley might be a little too old to make babies -- to be perfectly clear, father them -- but it's evident they're not too old to make baby-making music. Impressively enough, Baby Makin' Music is their third strong album of the 2000s. A lot of younger artists in their prime can't claim such a thing.

Overview

Ronald and Ernie Isley might be a little too old to make babies -- to be perfectly clear, father them -- but it's evident they're not too old to make baby-making music. Impressively enough, Baby Makin' Music is their third strong album of the 2000s. A lot of younger artists in their prime can't claim such a thing. R. Kelly, who wrote and produced most of 2003's Body Kiss, is present on only one song here, but the Isleys don't miss a step when it comes to staying up with the times, tapping the likes of the rising Tim and Bob -- who contributed in a minor capacity to Body Kiss -- along with Jermaine Dupri, Troy Taylor, and Bryan-Michael Cox. Electric fireworks from Ernie's guitar are more recurrent than they were on Body Kiss, but they're often buried so deep in the mix and treated in a way that makes them sound like they were made by a computer program that generates facsimiles of his style. Otherwise, there are no problems. This is a remarkably tight album filled with songs that deliver on the promise of its title, and the songs that aren't immediately memorable at least make for fitting mood music. To no surprise whatsoever, Ronald is equally seductive whether he's making amends, bragging about his exploits, or just being sweet. Hearing him sing over Gladys Knight & the Pips' 30-year-old version of Curtis Mayfield's "The Makings of You," as he does over the opening "You're My Star," is kind of bizarre if you think about it, but it's only another way of demonstrating the Isleys' enduring vitality -- across 50-plus years now. The Isley Brothers name has been responsible for hours upon hours of quality music, so this album is destined to be lost in the shuffle of their '60s and '70s material. Groups young enough to be their grandchildren would be more than proud to call it their own.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Def Soul Classics
UPC:
0602498823873
catalogNumber:
000481202
Rank:
34447

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronald Isley   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernie Isley   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Big D   Guitar
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Tim Kelley   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
Bob Robinson   Keyboards
Sam Salter   Background Vocals
Johnta Austin   Background Vocals
Rodney East   Keyboards
Ezekiel Lewis   Background Vocals
Kandy Isley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Gordon Chambers   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Ronald Isley   Executive Producer
Tim Kelley   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Robinson   Arranger,Producer
Robert Sims   Art Direction
Troy Taylor   Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Alli Truch   Art Direction
Doug Joswick   Package Production
B.J. Robinson   Composer
John Horesco   Engineer
Andy Gallas   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer,Audio Production
Rich Balmer   Engineer
Renson Mateo   Engineer
Ezekiel Lewis   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Jeff Meeks   Engineer
Abel Garabaldi   Programming,Engineer
Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   grooming
Thabiso Nkhereanye   Composer

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Baby Makin' Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always liked the Isley brother but this is just simply outstanding. Check it out, you will not regret it.