Brothers

Brothers

by Take 6
     
 

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Take 6 faces the classic problem for an act that crosses genres -- in their case from gospel to R&B -- to retain what makes them so effective in their original field (and keep their original audience) while expanding their scope beyond it. They owed their original impact to the awe they inspired as six a cappella singers, and so revitalized

Overview

Take 6 faces the classic problem for an act that crosses genres -- in their case from gospel to R&B -- to retain what makes them so effective in their original field (and keep their original audience) while expanding their scope beyond it. They owed their original impact to the awe they inspired as six a cappella singers, and so revitalized gospel. That was on their first, million-selling album; by their third, they had added instruments and taken a more conventional approach. Here, on their fourth, they fell between chairs, with Brian McKnight's production and musical arrangements making them sound like a more wholesome Boyz II Men while they wrote first-person songs with titles like "You Don't Have to Be Afraid" and "I'll Be There" as if speaking in the name of Christ while sounding suspiciously like a boyfriend. Of course, that's an old gimmick in crossover Christian music, but the old problem is that it never gets sexy enough to be convincing. The difference was marked in a song like "Jesus Makes Me Happy," when the group really laid their cards on the table and sounded more fervent as a result. But there wasn't enough of that on an album that frequently masked the group's real strengths.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/1996
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624623526
catalogNumber:
46235

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Take 6   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Brian McKnight   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ray Brown   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cedric Caldwell   Multi Instruments
Victor Caldwell   Multi Instruments
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Joey Kibble   Vocals
Mark Kibble   Vocals
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Pierce   Horn
Sheldon Reynolds   Guitar
Vic C.   Multi Instruments
Claude McKnight   Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Ced C   Multi Instruments
Dee Dee Holt   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Cleto Escobedo   Horn,Saxophone
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
David Thomas   Vocals
Anna King   Horn

Technical Credits

Take 6   Arranger,Track Arrangement
Bill Meyers   Horn Arrangements
Brian McKnight   Producer,Instrumentation
Craig Burbidge   Engineer
Cedric Caldwell   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Victor Caldwell   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Joey Kibble   Vocal Arrangements
Mark Kibble   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Pierce   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Vic C.   Arranger
Ced C   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Track Arrangement,Instrumentation
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Craig Bjurbidge   Engineer
Shelton Morgan   Engineer
David Thomas   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Gregg Barrett   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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