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Doubleback: Evolution of R&B

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Massenburg Media
  • UPC: 040232026652
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 24,225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something for You (3:44)
  2. 2 Easy (3:58)
  3. 3 Baby (4:17)
  4. 4 Compromise (3:47)
  5. 5 Magic City (3:46)
  6. 6 I'd Rather Have a Love - Fantasia (3:45)
  7. 7 Love & Sex - Fantasia Barrino (4:42)
  8. 8 Sexy (4:18)
  9. 9 More (3:46)
  10. 10 Mary Jane (3:56)
  11. 11 1 To 1 Ratio (4:26)
  12. 12 DoubleBack (4:23)
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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
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
Mikkel Eriksen Composer
Steven A. Thompson Engineer
Richard Castro Jr. Composer
Larisa Rodriguez Art Direction
Marcus McCauley Orchestration, String Conductor
Jawan Hill Composer
Aaron "Sincere" Boyd Artwork
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