Bobby Valentinoby Bobby V
It's easy to imagine R&B crooner Bobby V. stretched out on a crimson, crushed-velvet couch as he delivered his self-titled debut. This pillow-talky album must have been recorded with candles filling the recording studio, but you can bet there was the faint smell of patchouli too. The singer's first full-length has mystical touches in its overall slick and sexy production, touches that help separate the album from the competition in a way the everyday songwriting doesn't. Pan flutes, atmospheric interludes, and French women cooing sweet nothings flesh out the album, an album that's 99.9 percent "for the ladies," save an appearance from his main man, Ludacris. As limited as this sounds, Bobby V. and producers Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson make the album seem a lot more diverse than it really is by alternating the "let's get busy right now" numbers with the "you're very special, let's take this slow" numbers. That otherworldly production helps a lot too, as does the singer's committed delivery, sounding like he's not at all tired of this sensual material, so why should you be? His Babyface-like voice is above average without a theatrical edge but with a charismatic street swagger and just the right touch of humble joy. As they would say in the tech world, "Slow Down" is the killer app, a single good enough to buy the whole album. Past the single, Bobby Valentino the album doesn't disappoint, but it is a bit frustrating when the smart music and bold "Real R&B Singers Needed" sign point to grander possibilities. Of course, it is a debut and, considering that, pulling a daring punch or two is forgiven. If he keeps on the path of breaking the R&B crooner rule book and really lets his inner maverick out, he will go farther than competition can even imagine.
- Release Date:
- Def Jam
Performance CreditsBobby Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Kelley Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Various,fender rhodes
Bob Robinson Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,12-string Guitar,fender rhodes
Lamar Edwards Keyboards
Kaleena Harper Vocals
Annan Gause Guitar
Brooke Newman Vocals
Kalenna Harper Vocals
Technical CreditsGary Smith Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jeff Dixon Executive Producer
Clare Fischer String Arrangements
Tim Kelley Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Bob Robinson Executive Producer
B.J. Wilson Composer
T. Wilson Composer
Andy Haller Engineer
B.J. Robinson Composer
Lamar Edwards Producer,Engineer
Gary W. Smith drum programming
Gary Smith Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Ludacris Executive Producer
Chaka Zulu Executive Producer
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Andrew Nast Engineer
Larrance Dopson Producer
Dale "Rambro" Ramsey Engineer
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
Steve "Swift" Thornton Producer,Engineer
Rondeau "Duke" Williams Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Mark Ford Groomer
Gary "Gizzy" Smith Audio Production
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Not only is he fine but he is very talented. I love his voice. Its so relaxing. The CD is so good. Ya'll have 2 buy it. I like all of the songs but my top 3 favorties are Lights Down Low, Want U To Know Me, and Never Lonely. I really hope he makes it. He doesn't even have 2 dance just keep singing.
This was MY highly anticipated album of the year. I bought it on it's release date and haven't put it down since. Minus the intro/outro/interludes.. . you get 13 well done songs. As a new artist, you're not disappointed with alot of cameos from other artists. He just has one and that one's from Ludacris. This CD showcases his talent with sultry ballads for both the ladies and guys.
This entire aldum is excellent, you can literally put it on and let it ride til the end. Bobby V. has really come out swinging, and if he keeps it up, he's gona knock some other r&b male artists out. Noone who loves (or even likes) r&b will be disappointed by this album. 5 stars!!!
i think bobby valentino is *so* fine and that was the motive behind me buying this album. to be honest, when i first glanced through it, i was highly disappointed because it wasn't what i expected. i figured it would have more fast-paced songs, but i'm a huge r&b fan so i listened to the album all the way through and was highly impressed. and i'm not just saying that b/c he's fine as hell! :) it's one of those rare albums that you can listen to the whole way through and dont have to skip through any songs. i can't recall the last cd i've had like that. it's good to see a great r&b album like this. he can *really* sing. my favs are "give me a chance" "never lonely" "tell me" "love dream" and "one girl to love." i would definately recommend this album to anyone who likes r&b music!!!
This is the best R&B album yet. Bobby Valentino is so very hot and he can sing. He's like a dream come true.
Bobby did his thang! I have'nt heard true RnB like this in a long time.Bobby's sexy accent adds flavor to every song.I still love "Tell me". He will definately be around 4 awhile.