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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Teddy Riley is an impeccable craftsman and genius of sorts, not to mention a trendsetter. In releasing so much product, however, his music can also occasionally descend into a pedestrian, formulaic version of new jack swing, the production style he himself invented, fine-tuned, and perfected. That pitfall plays out intermittently on Blackstreet's debut album. Some of the music and vocal harmonies blend together or sound like new jack retreads, and a handful of the songs are so commercially savvy and obviously directed toward the mainstream public that it is hard to wholly enjoy them. Some of the songs, too, are less than fully formed, consisting of just a single melody ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Teddy Riley is an impeccable craftsman and genius of sorts, not to mention a trendsetter. In releasing so much product, however, his music can also occasionally descend into a pedestrian, formulaic version of new jack swing, the production style he himself invented, fine-tuned, and perfected. That pitfall plays out intermittently on Blackstreet's debut album. Some of the music and vocal harmonies blend together or sound like new jack retreads, and a handful of the songs are so commercially savvy and obviously directed toward the mainstream public that it is hard to wholly enjoy them. Some of the songs, too, are less than fully formed, consisting of just a single melody or groove that exists for the sole purpose of moving feet and/or giving the quartet an excuse to harmonize. More often, however, Blackstreet hits the spot with a sleek and inventive progression on the new jack template, sharpening and filling out the sound that Guy made famous. Riley makes sure the beats are hip-hop savvy and the bass is booming, and then slathers squealing synthesizer lines all over them. Frankly, he is not technically a fantastic singer, at least in comparison to his three harmonizing mates, but his voice has such a distinctive character that it has always been entirely ingratiating, making up in expressiveness for any lack in range or virtuosity. The songs on which he takes lead invariably stand out the most and tend to be the most appealing cuts. The glue on the album, though, is the tight four-part harmony singing of Blackstreet, and it leads to some brilliantly catchy R&B tracks, songs that easily stood out in the mid-'90s urban soul crowd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949235123
  • Catalog Number: 92351
  • Sales rank: 35,002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackstreet Primary Artist
Antwone Dickey Rap
Chauncey Hannibal Vocals
Dave Hollister Vocals
Levi Little Vocals
Tammy Lucas Track Performer
Markell Riley Rap
Teddy Riley Vocals
Serban Ghenea Guitar
David Roland Williams Rap
Menton Smith Rap
Idris Davidson Rap
Chad Hugo Saxophone
Technical Credits
Leon F. Sylvers III Producer
Michael Barber Producer
Cerban Chenea Engineer
Kenny Hicks Vocal Coach
Tammy Lucas Contributor
George Mayers Engineer
Herb Powers Engineer, Mastering
Markell Riley Producer
Teddy Riley Producer
Erick Sermon Producer
Roger Composer
David Wynn Producer
Serban Ghenea Engineer
John McClain Assistant Executive Producer
Chris "Lil" Smith Producer
Mike Concepcion Assistant Executive Producer
Chris Frazer Smith Producer
Kimberly Smith Engineer
John Hanes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get the '96 edition

    i personally think that they get better on the next album

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