Floetry Re:Birth

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Floacist, Natalie Stewart, opens "Step Out" by declaring, "New dawn, new day -- perfect moment to embrace change." A few aspects of her second solo album don't mirror this mentality. The back cover of this album, titled Floetry Re:Birth, proclaims, "Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Floetry!" Floetry ended in 2007, when Marsha Ambrosius left to pursue a solo career. Stewart, not so quick to embrace change, addresses the split on "Soul" and takes shots at her ex-partner with "Where you wanna be, it's not for me" and "I just can't sell my soul." The Floacist's husband, Nolan Weekes, makes it a double team as he pointedly asks, "Are you gonna do anything for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Floacist, Natalie Stewart, opens "Step Out" by declaring, "New dawn, new day -- perfect moment to embrace change." A few aspects of her second solo album don't mirror this mentality. The back cover of this album, titled Floetry Re:Birth, proclaims, "Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Floetry!" Floetry ended in 2007, when Marsha Ambrosius left to pursue a solo career. Stewart, not so quick to embrace change, addresses the split on "Soul" and takes shots at her ex-partner with "Where you wanna be, it's not for me" and "I just can't sell my soul." The Floacist's husband, Nolan Weekes, makes it a double team as he pointedly asks, "Are you gonna do anything for anything, or are you gonna make real music for real-music lovers?" You'd think Ambrosius bailed to make dance-pop records or compete with Ciara; a number one R&B album (Late Nights & Early Mornings) and two R&B Grammy nominations prove otherwise. Even with the late post-breakup material and attachment to the past -- this might be a good spot to mention that there is a "10 Year Anniversary Edition" re-recording of Floetry's Top Ten R&B single "Say Yes" -- Floetry Re:Birth trumps Stewart's previous album, Floetic Soul. The songs are sturdier, the grooves are more memorable, and there's less personal-growth fluff. As a singer, Stewart is more confident and capable. "Children of the Sun" recalls the uplifting chamber soul of 4hero's 2000s albums. "This Love" works a liquid, almost Sade-like soul-reggae backing for one of Stewart's breezier, most seductive performances. Another highlight is album-opener "Start Again," a collaboration with Raheem DeVaughn that echoes '70s Marvin Gaye.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351580429
  • Catalog Number: 5804
  • Sales rank: 67,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Start Again (4:42)
  2. 2 Children of the Sun (3:56)
  3. 3 Step Out (3:20)
  4. 4 Slow Down (3:40)
  5. 5 Soul (2:55)
  6. 6 Say Yes (4:09)
  7. 7 Could It Be You? (3:16)
  8. 8 Speechless (3:42)
  9. 9 This Love (3:28)
  10. 10 Roots of Love (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Floacist Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Mann Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Neville Malcolm Double Bass
Perry Melius Drums
Alex Bennett Keyboards
Alan Weekes Guitar
Raheem DeVaughn Vocals, Background Vocals
Thandiswa Mazwai Vocals
Mike Davis Trombone, Bass Trombone
Debonair Background Vocals
Hannah Khemoh Background Vocals
Aleysha Gordon Background Vocals
Nolan Weekes Drums, Background Vocals, Double Bass
Keisha John Background Vocals
Celina Grant Background Vocals
Antonia McNamee Background Vocals
Remi Weekes Bass, Guitar, Drums, Double Bass
Technical Credits
David Mann Horn Arrangements
Dave Darlington Mastering
Alex Bennett String Arrangements
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
Marsha Ambrosius Composer
Natalie Stewart Composer
Raheem DeVaughn Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Charles Whitfield Management
Thandiswa Mazwai Composer, Vocal Arrangements
The Floacist Vocal Arrangements
Aleysha Gordon Vocal Arrangements
Nolan Weekes Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Natalie Weekes Executive Producer
Demi Mseleku-Gibson Composer
Remi Weekes Composer
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