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From the Bottom Up
     

From the Bottom Up

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by Brownstone
 

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The Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio Brownstone released its first album From the Bottom Up (on Michael Jackson's label) in 1995. A solid debut, From the Bottom Up showcases the group's considerable vocal talents, but Brownstone is somewhat distinctive in that the group's members also had a

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The Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio Brownstone released its first album From the Bottom Up (on Michael Jackson's label) in 1995. A solid debut, From the Bottom Up showcases the group's considerable vocal talents, but Brownstone is somewhat distinctive in that the group's members also had a hand in writing their own material. Predictably, the album's songs alternate between R&B funk workouts and slinky slow jams, but the vocals rise above the material, making the album a delightful listen. The opener, "Party Wit' Me," gets things off to a funky start, and the hip-shakers "Pass the Lovin'" and "True to Me" prove Brownstone, unlike many R&B vocal groups, doesn't rely too heavily on ballads. Fortunately, the album's slow numbers are just as strong as the more up-tempo material; the group's Gospel influences are evident in the album's hit single, "If You Love Me" (a slow-burning slice of R&B vocal heaven) and especially in the slow, sad "Don't Cry for Me." Brownstone's unlikely cover of the Eagles' hit ballad "I Can't Tell You Why" is one of the album's most successful tracks, as is the beautiful, piano-led "Half of You." From the Bottom Up is somewhat undermined by an overabundance of producers (of the album's 12 tunes, the group uses no less than ten producers/production teams). But this doesn't take away from the quality of the songs and the solid vocal performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972366821
catalogNumber:
723668
Rank:
20097

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brownstone   Primary Artist
Marlon McClain   Guitar
Gordon Chambers   Piano,Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Keith Lewis   Keyboards
Shawn Lilly   Multi Instruments
P. Dennis Mitchell   Percussion
Troy Taylor   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ida Bodin   Bass,Upright Bass,Standup Bass
James Strong   Bass
Eduardo Rickets   Percussion
Torrel Ruffin   Guitar
Nicci Gilbert   Percussion

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Executive Producer
Juliana Hatfield   Composer
Gerald Baillergeau   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dewey Browder   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Gordon Chambers   Lyricist,Producer,Writer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Charles Farrar   Producer
Jerry Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Lloyd James   Composer
Ken Kessie   Producer,Engineer
Jay Lean   Engineer
Keith Lewis   Programming,Producer
Shawn Lilly   Instrumentation
Dennis Mitchell   Engineer
P. Dennis Mitchell   Engineer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Soulshock   Composer,Producer
John P. Strohm   Composer
Troy Taylor   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Darin Whittington   Composer,Producer
Keston Wright   Engineer
Brownstone   Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Karlin   Composer,Producer
Jorge Corante   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Instrumentation,Assistant Tracking Engineer
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Chad Fridirici   Engineer
Charmayne Maxwell   Lyricist
Ron Martin   Composer
Dave Hall   Producer,Vocal Producer
Charlie Watts   Engineer
Nicci Gilbert   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Writer,Contributor

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From the Bottom Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago