Blue Velvet Soul

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released less than two years after Motions of Love, Blue Velvet Soul also follows the passing of Maysa's mother and the extended bout of writer's block that ensued. Going by the varied strengths of Blue Velvet Soul, one wouldn't know that the singer pulled herself out of a creative rut. Maysa gets some help from familiar and new songwriting and production collaborators, including Incognito's Bluey, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and Lorenzo Johnson. One of three Bluey collaborations, "Good Morning Sunrise," is a gorgeous and plush midtempo duet, among a handful of highlights from the album's mostly relaxed front half. More notable standouts are saved for the album's back half, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released less than two years after Motions of Love, Blue Velvet Soul also follows the passing of Maysa's mother and the extended bout of writer's block that ensued. Going by the varied strengths of Blue Velvet Soul, one wouldn't know that the singer pulled herself out of a creative rut. Maysa gets some help from familiar and new songwriting and production collaborators, including Incognito's Bluey, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and Lorenzo Johnson. One of three Bluey collaborations, "Good Morning Sunrise," is a gorgeous and plush midtempo duet, among a handful of highlights from the album's mostly relaxed front half. More notable standouts are saved for the album's back half, which continually shifts gears in pleasing ways. "Quiet Fire," written by Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Cheryl Friberg for Nancy Wilson's 1988 album Nancy Now!, is a surprising and inspired choice and should be a deathless staple of any contemporary quiet storm program. "This Much," produced my Mike City, recalls early-'90s house with its piano-led groove and uplifting spirit. Another Bluey tune, "Nothing But You," begins like an homage to disco-funk band GQ prior to unspooling into airy but confident pure disco. The album is laced with lyrical phrases that are likely to ping a soul fanatic's radar -- "hangin' on a string," "young hearts run free," "here, my dear," "let a woman be a woman, and a man be a man," and so forth -- but they all float by inconspicuously, like it's all happenstance, just part of another enjoyable and all-purpose Maysa album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351540621
  • Catalog Number: 5406
  • Sales rank: 10,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Dreamer (3:41)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lover (3:41)
  3. 3 Be There (3:35)
  4. 4 Good Morning Sunrise (4:25)
  5. 5 What Can I Do (4:20)
  6. 6 Pouring Rain (4:30)
  7. 7 When Your Soul Answers (4:11)
  8. 8 Put It On Me (4:20)
  9. 9 Inside My Dream (4:21)
  10. 10 When You Touch Me (4:13)
  11. 11 Quiet Fire (4:44)
  12. 12 I Care (3:13)
  13. 13 This Much (3:45)
  14. 14 Nothing But You (4:55)
  15. 15 Love Me Good (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maysa Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Don Watson Trombone
Dawn Tallman Background Vocals
Mike City Background Vocals
Theljon Allen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eugen Botos Acoustic Guitar, Musician
Bluey Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Maysa Leak Musician
Technical Credits
Kimberly Brewer Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Richard Bull Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Dave Darlington Engineer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Composer, Producer
Angela Phillips Composer
Ernie McKone Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Composer
Mike City Composer, Producer
Toby Baker Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Nicolas Laget translation
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Davy D Mastering
Loeíen Babajian Cover Design
Treasure "Big Trez" Iwuoha Engineer
Kenny Wesley translation
Eugen Botos Composer, Producer
Mo Hausler Engineer
Lorenzo Johnson Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Bluey Producer
Maysa Leak Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Steve Rusch Engineer
Ludovit Rigo drum programming, Bass Programming, Guitar Programming
Cheryl Friberg Composer
Vincent Richardson Composer
Ralf Urban Cover Design, Logo
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