Doubleback: Evolution of R&B

Doubleback: Evolution of R&B

by Joe
     
 

Joe's tenth proper studio album arrived a month short of the 20-year anniversary of the release of his debut. On a new label but still with Kedar Massenburg, Joe has reached a major milestone that is all the more impressive considering the changes his genre has gone through since 1993 -- from the fade of new jackSee more details below

Overview

Joe's tenth proper studio album arrived a month short of the 20-year anniversary of the release of his debut. On a new label but still with Kedar Massenburg, Joe has reached a major milestone that is all the more impressive considering the changes his genre has gone through since 1993 -- from the fade of new jack swing to an era when core artists collaborated with European and Scandinavian dance-pop producers for a shot at cracking the R&B-resistant Hot 100. On Doubleback, Joe does work with Norwegian hitmakers Stargate, but it's one of the crew's slicker R&B tracks. Joe and Derek "DOA" Allen (Bobby Brown, Lionel Richie, Karyn White) divvy up most of the production work. The result is a little less salacious than 2009's Signature and 2011's The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, with classier elements that reach a Philly soul-evoking peak on "Love & Sex," a duet with Fantasia. That said, it's still obvious that Joe is a product of the new jack era. There's no mistaking that he's not referring to a writing instrument when he sings of his Bic. Despite nearing 40, he still has a player's mentality: "Sometimes I think I'm a son of King Solomon, but two beautiful girls is a problem." The grown-man macking goes down easier when it's applied to relaxed grooves -- as heard on "Something for You," "Easy," "Mary Jane" -- that owe much to smooth soul of the late '70s and early '80s. Those three songs help make Doubleback one of Joe's finer 2000s/2010s releases.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
Label:
Massenburg Media
UPC:
0040232026652
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
25981

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe   Primary Artist,Bass
Anthony Blea   Violin
Jeff Lewis   Horn
Richard Bona   Bass
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen   Guitar,Strings
Joe Behrman   Horn
Lewis Patzner   Cello
Doug Lovelace   Horn
Dawn Norfleet   Flute
Victor Cisnerous   Horn
Obed Cavalarie   Drums
Jory Frankuchen   Violin
John D. Martinez   Keyboards
Eric Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Bruce Irvine   Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Jolyon Skinner   Composer
Joshua Thompson   Composer
Stargate   Producer
Gerald Isaac   Composer,Engineer,Associate Executive Producer
Phil Jackson   Composer
Alvin Garrett   Composer
Derrick "D.O.A." Allen   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Martin K.   Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Martin K   Composer
Eric "Cire" Crawford   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Darnell Dalton   Composer
Lamar Taylor   Composer
J. Goody   Engineer
Doug Lovelace   Horn Arrangements
Steven A. Thompson   Engineer
Richard Castro   Composer
Larisa Rodriguez   Art Direction
Marcus McCauley   Orchestration,String Conductor
Jawan Hill   Composer
Aaron "Sincere" Boyd   Artwork

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