Even Closer [Bonus Track]

Even Closer [Bonus Track]

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by Goapele
     
 

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Even Closer is a reworked version of Goapele's limited-release debut, Closer, with five additional songs: "Ease Your Mind" (featuring Pep Love), "Got It," "The Daze" (featuring Zion I and Casual), "Back to You," and "Red, White & Blues" (an antiwar songSee more details below

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Even Closer is a reworked version of Goapele's limited-release debut, Closer, with five additional songs: "Ease Your Mind" (featuring Pep Love), "Got It," "The Daze" (featuring Zion I and Casual), "Back to You," and "Red, White & Blues" (an antiwar song featuring a blistering guitar solo by Errol Cooney). It showcases Goapele's sultry, cascading voice with relatively sparse vocal arrangements and the contributions of producers such as Amp Live, Jeff Bhasker, Eric Krasno, and Mike Tiger, who help create a smooth, tasty mixture of soul, hip-hop, jazz, and occasional touches of other styles. Goapele navigates this potpourri quite adeptly, although the album does tread a thin line between appealingly eclectic and insufficiently cohesive; fortunately, she has enough talent, including a sufficiently distinctive vocal personality, to pull it off. The words tend toward lyrical and enigmatic, but occasionally, they are effectively straightforward and to the point (e.g., "'Cause you're so f*ck'n romantic/I can't stand it" from "Romantic"); Goapele also manages to tackle social/political issues without getting too preachy. However, some may wish her social protest lyrics were less vague and more incisive; also, the album isn't replete with clever wordplay, and the rhymes tend to be conventional combinations such as "friend"/"end" and "same"/"blame." Nonetheless, this album is worth a listen if you enjoy contemporary soul. [The record was reissued in 2004 on Columbia with the addition of a bonus track: a remix of album track "Childhood Drama."]

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Billboard
This arresting set organically mixes R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica in introspective, candid songs that colorfully reflect this soulful sista's diverse range and life experiences.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
Label:
Red Urban Records
UPC:
0098707279522
catalogNumber:
72795

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goapele   Primary Artist
Brian Collier   Drums
Josh Jones   Drums
Mark Kellye   Bass
Eric Smith   Bass
James Hurt   Keyboards
Neal Evans   Hammond Organ
Alan Evans   Drums
Eric Krasno   Guitar
Mike Tiger   Guitar,Keyboards,Mini Moog
Charles Haines   Drums
Nate Greenberg   Saxophone

Technical Credits

DJ Fuze   Cut
E. Evans   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Rob Rodrigues   Paintings
Keba Konte   Cover Art
Soulive   Producer
Alan Evans   Composer
Eric Krasno   Composer,Producer
Goapele   Producer
J.J. Johnson   Producer
Mike Tiger   Producer
Nate Greenberg   Producer
Namane Mohlabane   Executive Producer
Theo Rodrigues   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Shaka Ramsey   Producer

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