Better Days [Holland Bonus Track]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Better Days comes less than a year after Joe's popular breakthrough with "Stutter," the collaboration he did with Mystikal that turned more than a few rap listeners onto his style of urban soul. It's a sparse and succinct album, no doubt rushed to capitalize on the success of "Stutter" and the holiday season as well. To begin with, only two songs feature guests, and one of those songs, "Let's Stay Home Tonight," is a rather straightforward remix for the rap audience featuring Petey Pablo. The other collaboration, "Ghetto Child," is a bit more ambitious, featuring Shaggy and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on Joe. There isn't a roll call of big-name...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Better Days comes less than a year after Joe's popular breakthrough with "Stutter," the collaboration he did with Mystikal that turned more than a few rap listeners onto his style of urban soul. It's a sparse and succinct album, no doubt rushed to capitalize on the success of "Stutter" and the holiday season as well. To begin with, only two songs feature guests, and one of those songs, "Let's Stay Home Tonight," is a rather straightforward remix for the rap audience featuring Petey Pablo. The other collaboration, "Ghetto Child," is a bit more ambitious, featuring Shaggy and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on Joe. There isn't a roll call of big-name producers here though the Neptunes do make a showing, so Joe is left to carry much of the album's weight. He proves more than capable of the challenge on songs like the lead single, "Let's Stay Home Tonight," but too often these songs recycle the same songwriting techniques and find Joe revisiting the same motifs over and over. In sum, this plays like a pop album -- a few obvious standout singles and lots of repetitive filler. However, if you're looking for a few quality singles rather than a consistent album, you should find this to be an engaging album, even if its rushed and ultimately thin on original ideas. [The Holland release offers the same bonus track as the American release, a remix of "Let's Stay Home Tonight."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
  • UPC: 638592227422
  • Catalog Number: 22274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Stay Home Tonight (3:26)
  2. 2 Better Days (4:31)
  3. 3 What If a Woman (4:14)
  4. 4 Alone (4:34)
  5. 5 Isn't This the World (3:54)
  6. 6 Ghetto Child (4:12)
  7. 7 I Like Sexy Girls (4:00)
  8. 8 Here She Comes (2:54)
  9. 9 Lover's Prayer (4:02)
  10. 10 Changed Man (4:16)
  11. 11 I Understand (3:47)
  12. 12 She Used 2 Luv Me (3:23)
  13. 13 World of Girls (3:09)
  14. 14 Let's Stay Home Tonight - Petey Pablo (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Primary Artist
Benny Diggs Conductor, Choir, Chorus
Hart Hollman Performing Ensemble
Paul Riser Strings, Conductor
Jolyon Skinner Background Vocals
Shaggy Track Performer
Mark Batson Conductor
Clyde E. Gamble Children's Chorus
Judith Insell Viola
Lisa Reynolds Children's Chorus
Stephanie Jones Background Vocals
Ayuana George Children's Chorus
Nioka Workman Cello
Petey Pablo Track Performer
Lamika Hughes Children's Chorus
Marlene Rice Violin
Victoria Jenkins Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
J. Scott Skinner Composer
Joe Producer, Executive Producer
Joel Campbell Producer
Noah Evans Engineer
Allen Gordon Jr. Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Hart Hollman Orchestration
Kedar Massenburg Executive Producer, Direction, Management
Paul Riser Arranger, Orchestration
John Roper Engineer
Mark Batson String Arrangements
Tom Coyne Mastering
Oswald "Wiz" Bowe Engineer
Angelo Quaglia Engineer
Carl Robinson Engineer, Engineering
Brian Garten Engineer
The Neptunes Producer
J. Karen Thomas Composer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
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