Even Closer [Bonus Track]

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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Red Urban Records
  • UPC: 098707279522
  • Catalog Number: 72795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer (3:49)
  2. 2 Ease Your Mind (3:37)
  3. 3 Got It (3:15)
  4. 4 Romantic (5:38)
  5. 5 Too Much the Same (3:57)
  6. 6 Catch (4:09)
  7. 7 The Daze (3:07)
  8. 8 Thing's Don't Exist (4:32)
  9. 9 Childhood Drama (3:15)
  10. 10 Salvation (3:42)
  11. 11 Back to You (4:17)
  12. 12 Butterflykisses (3:20)
  13. 13 It Takes More (3:58)
  14. 14 Red White & Blues (5:40)
  15. 15 Childhood Drama (6:35)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Goapele is an amazing talent. Her album radiates great quality R&B music. It is worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Buy for serious music lovers

    This is an excellent album. You can listen to every song. I hope she gets some credit for this because a lot of singers out there, do not possess her talent, singing, songwriting and producing. I am so glad to buy this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!

    When I heard the song "Closer" I can say that it was a breathe of fresh air to the always crowded R&B world. There aren't too many credible female R&B singers in the game right now. I feel that Goapele brings a refreshing new outlook on music and gives a different perspective of life...To me, she's our generations version of SADE. Now this may be saying alot in comparing Goapele to Sade, but if you buy the album you will see what it is that I'm talking about.

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