Back to Love [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Some of the interviews and press released in support of Anthony Hamilton's first RCA album and sixth overall were slightly misleading. Some readers might have been led to believe that Back to Love would offer a significant break from Hamilton's past work; the singer noted that he did not want to be pigeonholed as "the sad cat," that he was "ready to have some fun." Hamilton even talked about "taking things to the next level." Hamilton's previous release, 2008's The Point of It All, was as creative as any of his albums that came before it, and it had the higher first-week sales of than any of his other albums -- remarkable feats for a veteran, Grammy-winning artist. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Some of the interviews and press released in support of Anthony Hamilton's first RCA album and sixth overall were slightly misleading. Some readers might have been led to believe that Back to Love would offer a significant break from Hamilton's past work; the singer noted that he did not want to be pigeonholed as "the sad cat," that he was "ready to have some fun." Hamilton even talked about "taking things to the next level." Hamilton's previous release, 2008's The Point of It All, was as creative as any of his albums that came before it, and it had the higher first-week sales of than any of his other albums -- remarkable feats for a veteran, Grammy-winning artist. Regardless, Back to Love is clearly viewed as a fresh start, even though it offers no more surprises than Ain't Nobody Worryin' or The Point of It All. The lineup of collaborators is no shock, either, though longtime associate Mark Batson was not involved, and Babyface assists on three songs. Familiar names, including Salaam Remi, Kelvin Wooten, and Mike City, are more numerous than new ones. That Back to Love is not a major shake-up is not a bad thing. Most of the songs are instantly ingratiating in some way, with none of the lighter, upbeat numbers -- including the strutting, midtempo Southern soul of "Woo" and the thematically "Cool"-like blue-collar love song "Best of Me" -- the least bit out of character. There are some "sad cat" moments that come very close to the standard Hamilton set with the instant classic "Charlene," led by the hushed "Life Has a Way" produced and co-written by James Poyser, where the singer shuffles easily, if wearily, into that Bill Withers level of chilling relatability: "And my children still look up to me while their stomachs on empty/Oh, I need an angel to fall on me now." The way the song weaves Hamilton's raw, broken-spirited croon and spectral, multi-tracked melody is kind of crushing. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886979913820
  • Catalog Number: 799138
  • Sales rank: 32,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back to Love (3:19)
  2. 2 Writing On the Wall (3:27)
  3. 3 Woo (3:16)
  4. 4 Pray for Me (4:39)
  5. 5 Best of Me (3:47)
  6. 6 Never Let Go - Keri Hilson (3:40)
  7. 7 Mad (3:42)
  8. 8 I'll Wait to Fall in Love (4:15)
  9. 9 Sucka for You (4:19)
  10. 10 Baby Girl (3:34)
  11. 11 Who's Loving You (3:49)
  12. 12 Life Has a Way (4:15)
  13. 13 Broken Man (4:52)
  14. 14 I'm Ready (3:55)
  15. 15 Fair in Love (5:31)
  16. 16 More Than Enough (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony Hamilton Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Vincent Henry Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Saxophone
Bruce Purse Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bobby Ross Avila Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Sitar, Hammond B3
Randy Bowland Guitar
James Poyser Organ, Keyboards
Salaam Remi Bass
Terri Robinson Background Vocals
Ryan Toby Background Vocals
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Kelvin Wooten Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lion's Share Musician
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard Background Vocals
Dan Kramer Drums
Bryan Russell Bass
Christopher Ray Guitar
Edith Yokley Violin
Antonio Dixon Musician
Kaveh Rastegar Contrabass (Vocal)
Nicole Garcia Violin
Frederic Yonnet Harmonica
Iz Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Keyon Harrold Trumpet
Jeremy Most Guitar
Justin Kirk Trombone
Brandon Coleman Organ, Musician
Jocelyn Butler Cello
Nick S.S. Banns Strings
Donald Hayes Horn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Porter Horn
Troy Auxilly-Wilson Drums
Randy Ellis Horn
Eli Menezes Guitar
Richie Pena Drums
Bijon Watson Trumpet
Kathy Rodriguez-Harrold Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Fischer Organ, fender rhodes
Nancy P Viola
Jairus Mozee Guitar, Musician
Oliver "Akos" Castelli Synthesizer
John Adams Piano
Phillip Kevin Wyatt Harmonica
Orisha Pelzer Violin
Jacob Sanders Baritone Saxophone
Chris Gray Horn
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Vincent Henry Composer
Bobby Ross Avila Composer
Bruce Irvine Engineer
James Poyser Composer, Producer
Salaam Remi Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ryan Toby Composer
Mike Anzelowitz Composer
Anthony Hamilton Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Rebecca Meek Graphic Design
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer
Kelvin Wooten Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Crystal Johnson Composer
Mike City Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lion's Share Producer
Andre Harris Composer, Producer, Engineer
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard Producer, Engineer
Mike Anzel Producer
Dan Kramer drum programming
Bob Engel Engineer
Jae Deal String Arrangements
Arden Altino Composer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Ryan Moys Engineer
Antonio Dixon Composer, Producer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai Engineer
Sean Tallman Engineer
Chris Soper Engineer
Kory Aaron Vocal Engineer
Patrick "J Que" Smith Composer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla Engineer
Arden "Keyz" Altino Producer
Eli Davis Executive Producer, Management
Brandon Kilgour Engineer
Jesse Singer Composer, Engineer
Brandon Coleman Composer
Nick S.S. Banns Engineer, String Arrangements
Greg Morgenstein Engineer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
The Avila Brothers Producer
Andreao Heard Composer
Issiah J. Avila Composer
Kenny Edmonds Composer
Nancy P Engineer
Jairus Mozee Composer, Producer
Akene Dunkley Composer, Producer
Nick Samuel Singh Barns Composer
Christopher Ryan Soper Composer
Jacki Brown Groomer
Adonis Sutherlin Executive Producer
Abeer Shofani Composer
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