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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Several overdue reissues and the archival First Class Love were released within a couple years of Teena Marie's passing. A bigger surprise came in January 2013, when UMe issued this, the artist's 14th and final studio album. Its recording had been completed prior to Lady T's death; proud daughter Alia Rose, a singer and MC who appeared on La Doña, Sapphire, and Congo Square, saw it through the mixing and mastering process. As Teena did on those fine 2000s albums, she weaves her exceptional songwriting skills with instrumentation that is both organic and synthetic, complementing her own playing and programming with input from several longtime instrumentalists. Likewise, she...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Several overdue reissues and the archival First Class Love were released within a couple years of Teena Marie's passing. A bigger surprise came in January 2013, when UMe issued this, the artist's 14th and final studio album. Its recording had been completed prior to Lady T's death; proud daughter Alia Rose, a singer and MC who appeared on La Doña, Sapphire, and Congo Square, saw it through the mixing and mastering process. As Teena did on those fine 2000s albums, she weaves her exceptional songwriting skills with instrumentation that is both organic and synthetic, complementing her own playing and programming with input from several longtime instrumentalists. Likewise, she celebrates her inspirations in explicit and subtle fashions. The first song and lead single, "Luv Letter," pays tribute to her Motown roots and cleverly references her daughter's father with nods to "Please Mr. Postman" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." A Curtis Mayfield cover, "Give Me Your Love," one of two songs featuring Alia, glistens and most resembles the Barbara Mason version. Elsewhere, Teena quotes Barry White and the Stylistics, as well as herself, and even references A Tribe Called Quest. She does this while remaining utterly contemporary, as if modern R&B production moved her, as if revisiting her classic past sounds was never considered. There's a wide range of material, but the plush and yearning ballads -- "Love Starved," "The Long Play," "Carte Blanche," and the "Shadow Boxing"-alluding "Definition of Down" -- resonate the most. No other artist combined such strong streetwise attitude with disarming warmth. She did it from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2013
  • Label: Ume
  • UPC: 602537061341
  • Catalog Number: 001698302
  • Sales rank: 60,556

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Luv Letter (4:37)
  2. 2 Sweet Tooth (5:36)
  3. 3 Rare Breed - Ty James (4:37)
  4. 4 Love Starved (4:44)
  5. 5 Definition of Down (4:49)
  6. 6 Maria Bonita (For My Mother) (5:15)
  7. 7 Beautiful (For Alia) (5:44)
  8. 8 The Long Play (6:30)
  9. 9 Carte Blanche (5:18)
  10. 10 Give Me Your Love - Alia Rose (4:56)
  11. 11 Wild Horses (5:17)
  12. 12 The Perfect Feeling (5:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teena Marie Primary Artist, Percussion, Keyboards
John Bokowski Keyboards
Bridgette Bryant Vocals
Ray Fuller Guitar
Doug Grigsby Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Wali Ali Guitar
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Jeanette Harris Horn, Brass, Woodwind
Verline Beard Vocals
Tracy Hazzard Vocals
David Starks Guitar
Lee Cadena Guest Appearance
Alia Rose Vocals
Ty James Guest Appearance
William Artope Horn
Zipporah Garnett Rap
Demetrice O'Neal Vocals
Stan Davis Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Teena Marie Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Curtis Mayfield Composer
James Allen Composer, drum programming
Greg Dalton Composer
Doug Grigsby Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Erik Zobler Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Bart Forbes Paintings
Randee St. Nicholas Cover Photo
Lee Cadena Composer
Alia Rose Composer, Liner Notes
Donnell Spencer Jr. Composer
Monique McGuffin Newman Producer
Zipporah Garnett Composer
Darlene M. Ortiz Composer
Daphne Wayans Composer
Stan Davis Producer, drum programming
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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Beautiful is just perfect, it could not be any better!

    Beautiful is just perfect, it could not be any better!


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