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The boomshot that heralded Blu Cantrell's arrival, So Blu's "Hit 'Em Up Style Ooops!," sounded like nothing else on the radio in 2001. Showcasing her muscular, jazzy delivery and a sassy, retro hook, it also dazzled listeners with Cantrell's ferocious dismissal of triflin' men. Bittersweet will thrill those in awe of her instrument -- yes, she can sing -- and satisfy fans who hoped she'd broaden her lyrical scope. Sure, the fellas get bashed once again on the standout track "Make Me Wanna Scream," she fumes, "You're a dirt bag, so just get away from me", but songs such as "I Love You" and the poignant "Sleep in the Middle" address the more complicated aspects of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The boomshot that heralded Blu Cantrell's arrival, So Blu's "Hit 'Em Up Style Ooops!," sounded like nothing else on the radio in 2001. Showcasing her muscular, jazzy delivery and a sassy, retro hook, it also dazzled listeners with Cantrell's ferocious dismissal of triflin' men. Bittersweet will thrill those in awe of her instrument -- yes, she can sing -- and satisfy fans who hoped she'd broaden her lyrical scope. Sure, the fellas get bashed once again on the standout track "Make Me Wanna Scream," she fumes, "You're a dirt bag, so just get away from me", but songs such as "I Love You" and the poignant "Sleep in the Middle" address the more complicated aspects of relationships. And unlike most R&B divas, the Rhode Island native has a vocal arsenal as stylistically broad as it is gutbucket deep. Her churchy melismas stand strong next to Christina Aguilera's, but Blu does more. She hoots, she howls, she growls -- and her inflections are more Sarah Vaughn than Celine Dion. When Cantrell cuts loose, as she does on the fiery "Let Her Go" and "Breathe," featuring Sean Paul, you gotta wonder why this stunning woman and her equally astounding voice aren't more famous than Amos. Perhaps because thus far, Cantrell hasn't recaptured the singular brilliance of "Hit 'Em Up Style Ooops!." For that reason, Bittersweet truly lives up to its title.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Blu Cantrell's follow-up to her excellent debut, So Blu, is another fine slice of contemporary R&B propelled above the ordinary by her arresting voice and the sympathetic and interesting production. Bittersweet didn't reach the same commercial level as So Blu, but that isn't due to any drop off in quality. The best songs here, like the slinky "Breathe" which features an appearance by the ubiquitous Sean Paul, the sweet ballad "Risk It All," and the heartbroken kiss-off "Unhappy," place Cantrell at the top of the heap of modern soul singers. The record has a melancholy tinge and Cantrell sings with a depth of emotion that many of her contemporaries can't reach. At times, like on the powerful "Sleep on the Middle," she sounds like Minnie Riperton or Teena Marie, like someone who has something deeper backing up her stunning technique. The preponderance of electric piano and mellow musical backing also give the record the organic feel of a classic '70s record. A couple of tracks break free from the low-key mid-tempo mood: "Impatient," which is a funky reggae-inspired track with guest raps from Lil' Kim and Fat Joe and a playful vocal from Cantrell; the partly sunny "Happy Ever After"; and the skittering and angry "Make Me Wanna Scream," which lets Cantrell show off the power of her voice. Cantrell is a real talent and Bittersweet is the kind of record fans of modern soul music should champion. Tough, smart, sexy, and impassioned with a sound that shows imagination, it would be a shame if it slipped through the cracks. [Bittersweet was also released in a limited edition featuring a bonus DVD of extra material.]
Vibe - Jason King
1/2 Though her voice lacks distinctive personality, she bowls you over with jazzy vocal licks and a pyrotechnical intensity that's pure Holiness church.

1/2 Though her voice lacks distinctive personality, she bowls you over with jazzy vocal licks and a pyrotechnical intensity that's pure Holiness church.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765272827
  • Catalog Number: 52728

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love You (3:46)
  2. 2 Sleep in the Middle (4:34)
  3. 3 Unhappy (4:07)
  4. 4 Impatient (5:01)
  5. 5 Breathe (3:48)
  6. 6 Risk It All (4:57)
  7. 7 Don't Wanna Say Goodbye (4:01)
  8. 8 Happily Ever After (3:48)
  9. 9 Holding on to Love (3:46)
  10. 10 Let Her Go (3:24)
  11. 11 Make Me Wanna Scream - DJ Friction (3:29)
  12. 12 No Place Like Home (3:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 DVD
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blu Cantrell Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Andrea Martin Background Vocals
Wirlie Morris Keyboards
Charmelle Cofield Background Vocals
Lisa Ivey Background Vocals
Bojan Dugich Background Vocals
Eritza Laues Background Vocals
Carol Paryo Guitar
Nicole Thrash Background Vocals
Ebony Burks Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Aznavour Composer
Patrick Magee Engineer
Bill Malina Engineer
Andrea Martin Composer, Producer
Mike T. Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Brian Stanley Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Glen Marchese Engineer
Loren Hill Composer, Producer
Kevin Veney Composer, Producer
Melvin Bradford Composer
Tab & Da Villon Composer
Mark Pitts Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation
Kandi Burruss Composer
Wirlie Morris Composer, Programming, Producer
Jessie Stewart Engineer
Anne Catalino Engineer
Mike City Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Rodney Richard Composer, Producer, drum programming
Carsten Schack Composer
Michelle Bell Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Charmelle Cofield Composer
Doc Wiley Engineer
Troy Oliver Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Daniel Romero Engineer
Shep Crawford Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Orlando Calzada Engineer
Victor Mancusi Engineer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
Blu Cantrell Composer
Eritza Laues Composer
Drew Barlec Engineer
Rich Shelton Composer, Producer
Trixster Producer
Ben Briggs Engineer
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Ebony Burks Composer
Ivan Mathias Composer, Producer
Larry Gates Composer
Mischke Butler Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blu is no longer blue

    This is a great album. Blu Cantrell delivers her vocals with the same intensity as Whitney and Mariah. Hope she goes multi-platinum!!!!!

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