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Saucy New Orleans newcomer Teedra Moses peppers this compelling debut with all the right ingredients. You'll hear a pinch of hip-hop soul on the standout tracks "Be Your Girl" and "You'll Never Find (A Better Woman)," featuring Jadakiss, as well as a hint of Latin jazz on "I Think of You (Shirley's Song)" -- a tender dedication to her mother -- and a taste of dirty southern crunk on the bouncy "You Better Tell Her."
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The knock against neo-soul is that it looks desperately to the past instead of the present or future, having disconnected somewhere in the late '70s, just before the wicked drum machines and synthesizers ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Saucy New Orleans newcomer Teedra Moses peppers this compelling debut with all the right ingredients. You'll hear a pinch of hip-hop soul on the standout tracks "Be Your Girl" and "You'll Never Find (A Better Woman)," featuring Jadakiss, as well as a hint of Latin jazz on "I Think of You (Shirley's Song)" -- a tender dedication to her mother -- and a taste of dirty southern crunk on the bouncy "You Better Tell Her."
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The knock against neo-soul is that it looks desperately to the past instead of the present or future, having disconnected somewhere in the late '70s, just before the wicked drum machines and synthesizers came around to siphon the soul out of R&B. Pop-oriented R&B is routinely faulted for being insincere and inauthentic, full of flash and bleating-goat ululations. New R&B artists in 2004 tended to be slotted into one of the two categories, either next to Jill Scott and "the next D'Angelo", or next to Usher and "the next Beyoncé." Singer and songwriter Teedra Moses sees the good in both sides, realizing that there must be some people out there who are thrilled by modern-day hip-hop-minded productions but crave lyrical content that goes deeper than memorable hooks and identikit platitudes about desire, romantic drama, and soul-searching. Just as importantly, Moses and primary collaborator Paul Poli -- who also teamed up to write and produce Christina Milian's "Dip It Low," an ill-suited reference for the sound of this album -- draw from elements of the past that, save for some Bad Boy samples, have rarely fit into the framework of any R&B for the past several years. The two would be more likely to gush about Patrice Rushen's "Remind Me" or Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day" than Innervisions or What's Going On, and the spirit of their work can bring to mind the period when TLC and Mary J. Blige were coming of age. These references inform rather than define the songs. To further determine the angle of the album, the two tracks not handled by Poli are produced by the best ambassadors of neo-soul and pop-rap/R&B imaginable -- Raphael Saadiq and Lil Jon, respectively. Moses has a voice that is light and innocent-sounding, offset by all the evidence that she has been through her share of experiences. She may lack the showmanship of her gold and platinum contemporaries, but she can coast on the details that take several listens to surface, like the way "And listen daddy I'm too cute to fight/You better get that bitch told tonight" is somehow the sweetest, catchiest line on the album, or how the title track flips the common "party your troubles away" theme by preceding the joyous chorus, amidst Paisley Park percussion hits, with "Daddy he wasn't there/Momma she's gone now/I gotta be grown/I need you to hold me down." How many songs turn you into a baller and a bawler at the same time? This, Moses' debut, is the best R&B album of 2004 -- and possibly the best pop-oriented R&B album since CrazySexyCool.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581245020
  • Catalog Number: 2450
  • Sales rank: 46,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be Your Girl (4:09)
  2. 2 You'll Never Find (A Better Woman) (4:13)
  3. 3 Caution (4:37)
  4. 4 Backstroke (3:37)
  5. 5 No More Tears (4:11)
  6. 6 Rescue Me (4:06)
  7. 7 Take Me (4:44)
  8. 8 You Better Tell Her (6:15)
  9. 9 Outta My Head (3:39)
  10. 10 Complex Simplicity (4:16)
  11. 11 For a Lifetime (4:15)
  12. 12 Caught Up (4:14)
  13. 13 Last Day (3:41)
  14. 14 I Think of You (Shirley's Song) (6:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teedra Moses Primary Artist, Vocals
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Kelvin Wooten Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Jadakiss Rap
Poli Paul Keyboards
Gerald Clayton Keyboards
Mac Robinson Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Greg "Frosty" Smith Engineer
C. Jones Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Claire Fisher String Arrangements
Tony Gillis Mastering
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Bryan Leach Executive Producer
André Benjamin Composer
Daniel Romero Engineer
Paul Poli Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Patrick "Sleepy" Brown Composer
Jonathan Smith Producer, Audio Production
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Rich Balmer Engineer
Teedra Moses Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Antwon Patton Composer
Poli Paul Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Shaffer Smith Vocal Arrangements
R. Santiago Composer
J. Smith Composer
V. Allen Composer
J. Hall Composer
A. Hudson Composer
N. Jones Composer
Mac Robinson Composer
Bobby Weinstein Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Teedra"s The Truth

    I orginally got this album from a photo shot i did and it was the best thing i ever got for free....that was 2 years ago since then ive bought the album 4 times.i wish she had more exposure because she is no doubt one under reated artist...Everyone support teedra ""Young Lioness Coming Out Soon""

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE HOT CD

    This a great cd!!! When I first got the cd I didn't think it was going to be all that good but I was sadly mistaken....this cd is "a must" to get!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TEEDRA IS ON POINT

    This album is sooooooooooooo good. I love the dedication to her mother. She takes you back on that one. This cd is one that you want to listen to all the way through. There is no need to skip tracks. Her promotion team needs to pick up the pace. She didn't get that much radio play, and I only heard hera handful of times on the radio. I also only saw her video once; I wouldn't have caught it if I wasn't up late. I look forward to future works from her. My favorite songs - ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!!!!

    I love this CD, I also wish that she had more songs on the radio and television.. But don't worry Teedra I am promoting you myself. Alot of people asked me who you were and I had to let them know.. I can't wait to hear the new CD. Make sure you hire a whole new promoting staff....IJJ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD IS SO HOT

    DAMN THEY DONT GIVE THIS GIRL NO PLAY IN NC THIS GIRL IS OFF DA HOOK I HEARD SOME SONGS ON THE LOCAL A&T RADIO STATION AND I DIDNT KNOW WHO SHE WAS UNTIL MONTHS LATER ALL THE SONGS THEY PLAYED IT WAS HER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dont Sleep on this cd...

    I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this ablum...I especially like the duet with R. Saddaiq called 'Take Me'...I think this album should've received more promotion and publicity...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable!!

    I must say that I am enjoying this album. Unfortunately, I don't think she is being promoted very well because I havent heard anything on the radio (except for internet radio) or seen a video. Either way, this is is a decent album. I particularly like tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 and 14 the most! Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loving Ms. Moses!

    I am so glad that this album come out I was really getting tired of this movement of R&B without any soul or grooves. But Teedra's CD brought be way back to the late eighties and early to mid nineties when music still had soul an substance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    I have not listen to the entire cd but I've listen to songs number 1 through 7 so far and I love it dearly. Nice beats. I think Teedra Moses did an excellent job!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's About Time

    If you are tired of all the R&B sounding the same nowdays, this would be the breath of fresh air you need. She is new on the scene but has brought back and old sound. Thank god! It's a good listen. Check It Out!

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