Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Lightyear
  • UPC: 085365491120
  • Catalog Number: 54911
  • Sales rank: 135,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sista Sista (3:53)
  2. 2 Dance Floor (4:06)
  3. 3 This Hot - J-Ali (3:23)
  4. 4 Sooo Weak (3:52)
  5. 5 Unbreakable (4:52)
  6. 6 Interlude (Costine & Lee) (1:04)
  7. 7 My Heart Cries (4:28)
  8. 8 True Colors (3:13)
  9. 9 Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) (3:49)
  10. 10 Heaven (3:31)
  11. 11 Sista Sista (4:20)
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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, Mastering
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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