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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Beautiful Surprise, released six years after Between Friends, closed the gap on the longest wait between Tamia albums. Although it is co-executive produced by Claude Kelly with a mostly fresh list of collaborators that includes Chuck Harmony, Salaam Remi, the Runners, Carvin & Ivan, Luke Laird, Shep Crawford, and even Jermaine Jackson (who co-wrote two songs), it won't take any listeners by surprise. The album is split between upbeat but refined contemporary R&B --- as heard on "Lose My Mind" and "Beautiful Surprise," when she channels Deniece Williams more than ever -- and theatrical adult contemporary ballads. As usual for a Tamia album, there's also a cover; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Beautiful Surprise, released six years after Between Friends, closed the gap on the longest wait between Tamia albums. Although it is co-executive produced by Claude Kelly with a mostly fresh list of collaborators that includes Chuck Harmony, Salaam Remi, the Runners, Carvin & Ivan, Luke Laird, Shep Crawford, and even Jermaine Jackson (who co-wrote two songs), it won't take any listeners by surprise. The album is split between upbeat but refined contemporary R&B --- as heard on "Lose My Mind" and "Beautiful Surprise," when she channels Deniece Williams more than ever -- and theatrical adult contemporary ballads. As usual for a Tamia album, there's also a cover; this time, it's Wynonna Judd's heartbroken ballad "Is It Why," which is given a faithful treatment. Later on, Tamia covers herself by closing the album with a contemporary country-ish version of "Still," a number 83 R&B single off 2004's More. (Did she have a problem with that harpsichord?) At best, the album is pleasant and especially relatable to those who are enduring or moving beyond relationships. Longtime fans can appreciate that Tamia is in fine voice and seems to have made an album free from outside pressure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Plus 1 Music Group
  • EAN: 5099991507020
  • Catalog Number: 15070
  • Sales rank: 6,570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lose My Mind (4:00)
  2. 2 Give Me You (3:34)
  3. 3 It's Not Fair (3:52)
  4. 4 Believe In Love (3:30)
  5. 5 Beautiful Surprise (3:37)
  6. 6 Is It Over Yet (3:58)
  7. 7 Love I'm Yours (5:28)
  8. 8 Him (4:04)
  9. 9 Still Love You (3:21)
  10. 10 Because Of You (4:21)
  11. 11 Still (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tamia Primary Artist
Charles Judge Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Pat McGrath Acoustic Guitar
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Shep Crawford Keyboards
Tommy Harden Drums
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Keyboards
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Christopher Barnes Keyboards
Jazmine Sullivan Background Vocals
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Rob Torress Guitar
Jimmy "Professa" Russell Guitar
Sheri Hauck Background Vocals
Cortney Morrow Drums
Tamia Hill Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jermaine Dupri Composer
Salaam Remi Composer, Producer
Johnta Austin Composer
Shep Crawford Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Andre Brissett Producer
Gita Williams Marketing
Christopher Barnes Composer
Jazmine Sullivan Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Anthony "Shep" Crawford Composer
Claude Kelly Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
The Runners Producer
Luke Laird Producer
Ryan Gore Engineer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva Engineer
Chuck Harmony Producer, Instrumentation
Phillip Scott III Programming, Engineer
Ben Chang Engineer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson Engineer
The Monarch Producer
David Anderson Producer
Jon Anderson Producer
Billy Kirsh Composer
Tamia Hill Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
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  • Posted December 9, 2012

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    Tamia On Tamia

    Though Beautiful Surprise is not an upfront stunner at first, you'll find the album to be more ballad driven; reminiscent of her debut CD. However upon a few more spins you'll hear a fresher freer Tamia. Her signature multi-octive voice is still as crystal clear as ever and her song writing more sentimental than before. Out of Tamia's previous releases, the new album is a mature effort with genuine heartfelt tones. She also still manages to add a little sexiness, with playful tracks like Believe In Love and the title track. It may take some time for fans and certainly new listeners to catch on this slow simmering disc, yet when it's done playing they won't be disappointed.

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