Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

by Karyn White
     
 
After Karyn White released Make Him Do Right in 1994, she left the music industry to raise her daughter and got involved with real estate and interior design. Nearly two decades later, she felt the time was right to return with her fourth album. Just as the singer's previous albums were driven by writing and production duos --

Overview

After Karyn White released Make Him Do Right in 1994, she left the music industry to raise her daughter and got involved with real estate and interior design. Nearly two decades later, she felt the time was right to return with her fourth album. Just as the singer's previous albums were driven by writing and production duos --- L.A. Reid and Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- Carpe Diem sees her collaborating with Derek "D.O.A." Allen and Bobby G., two pros who backed her on the tour for her self-titled debut. White's voice isn't as smooth as it once was, and there's some strain, but it's more womanly, which suits the songs that relate wisdom and experience. The highlights are either ballads or midtempo numbers: the positive and empowering "Sista Sista," the cathartic "Unbreakable," and the silky and stimulating "Sooo Weak," which deserves regular rotation on adult-oriented R&B stations. "Dance Floor" and "This Hot," two club-aimed songs, are a poor match; heavy vocal effects, phrases like "up in the club," and a guest rap verse -- one with a "shorty" reference, at that -- don't sound right on a Karyn White album. Even with its faults, Carpe Diem is a pleasant surprise that, for the most part, should be enjoyed by fans who don't expect anything as momentous as "Superwoman" or "Romantic."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2012
Label:
Lightyear
UPC:
0085365491120
catalogNumber:
54911
Rank:
100378

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karyn White   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Flip Kirby   Drums
Julie Morris   Background Vocals
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Bobby G   Background Vocals
Connie Lowe   Background Vocals
J-Ali   Background Vocals
Lexi Witherspoon   Background Vocals
Ja'net Wallace   Background Vocals
Dawn Norfleet   Musician
Eligha "Eknok" Jones   Musician

Technical Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Composer
Karyn White   Composer,Layout
Alex Alessandroni   String Arrangements
Tom Kelly   Composer
Jay King   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Jerry White   Composer
Kymberli Armstrong   Composer
Juanita Wynn   Composer
Brian Porter   Engineer
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen   Composer,Producer
Bobby G   Composer,Producer
Sheven Morris   Composer
J-Ali   Composer
Edward "Scorpio" Coutain   Layout
Vanetta Thompson   Composer
Maryann Mason   Composer
Jeremy Sylvers   Composer
Branden Lewis   Composer
Eligha "Eknok" Jones   Composer

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