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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
R&B loverman Noel Gourdin made a splash with his 2008 debut album, After My Time, released by the Epic Records division of Sony Music Entertainment. But three years later, his follow-up finds him departed from major-label status. Nevertheless, he sticks to his guns, coming up with a series of midtempo ballads on which he professes his love and devotion to a significant other. Right at the start, in "In Love," he declares that he's going to give her his name. He also confesses that at times he has not been the perfect boyfriend, however. In the first single, "Beautiful," he acknowledges using "the 'B' word" and even "the 'H' word" to address her. But all that has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
R&B loverman Noel Gourdin made a splash with his 2008 debut album, After My Time, released by the Epic Records division of Sony Music Entertainment. But three years later, his follow-up finds him departed from major-label status. Nevertheless, he sticks to his guns, coming up with a series of midtempo ballads on which he professes his love and devotion to a significant other. Right at the start, in "In Love," he declares that he's going to give her his name. He also confesses that at times he has not been the perfect boyfriend, however. In the first single, "Beautiful," he acknowledges using "the 'B' word" and even "the 'H' word" to address her. But all that has changed. Now he's only ever going to call her "beautiful." Similarly, in "Change for You," he pledges that he is through playing Casanova and will devote his attention to her from now on. That attention definitely has a sexual component that he is not averse to spelling out in his own poetic way. "Let me marinate in your pleasure," he requests in "Been a Long Time." Throughout, Gourdin expresses himself in a high tenor full of emotional embellishments that will be familiar to anyone who's listened to R&B music over the last half century or so. In fact, if they ever get around to doing a movie about Sam Cooke, this is a man who deserves an audition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923214120
  • Catalog Number: 2141
  • Sales rank: 90,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Love (3:23)
  2. 2 Puppet (3:50)
  3. 3 Beautiful (4:00)
  4. 4 Brand New (Fresh) (3:55)
  5. 5 Not Around (4:14)
  6. 6 Been a Long Time (3:35)
  7. 7 Only You (3:37)
  8. 8 Save Our Love (4:30)
  9. 9 Change For You (3:56)
  10. 10 Assurance Policy (3:25)
  11. 11 Young Love (4:11)
  12. 12 Sex In the City (3:25)
  13. 13 No Regrets (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noel Gourdin Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Larry Gold Conductor
Steve Saxon Piano
Ryan Toby Background Vocals
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Anthony Grant Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Kevin Ross Background Vocals
Alvin Garrett Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Courtney Harrell Background Vocals
Sandy Leem Viola
David Langford Guitar
Gerald Langford Bass
Chris Loftlin Bass
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Eric Dubose Guitar
Charles Parker Violin
Mark Sanchez Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Cameron Sankey Keyboards
Joseph Stuart Trombone
Sheldon Thwaites Drums
Technical Credits
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Steve Saxon Composer
Ryan Toby Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Anthony Grant Horn Arrangements
John Franck Marketing
Ruben Studdard Composer
Kevin Ross Vocal Arrangements
Alvin Garrett Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Courtney Harrell Vocal Arrangements
Marleny Dominguez Label Direction
Heavy Weights Producer
David Langford Composer, Producer
Gerald Langford Composer, Producer
R. Toby Composer
Giles Christenson Engineer
Marcus Siskind "DL" Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Noel Gourdin Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Chris Herche Marketing
Giovanna Melchiorre Publicity
Alvin "Cornbread" Garrett Producer
James Zaner Engineer
C. Harrell Composer
Reo Producer
Melvin Sparkman Composer
Courtney Lowery Publicity
Alex Garrett Vocal Arrangements
Nef Ryder Producer
Marvin Mack Management
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