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by Gerald Levert
 
If he were a crooner of lesser regard, Gerald Levert's plea for listeners to say his name on his fourth, solo disc, G, would sound contrived. But for vocals as flawless and as seductive as Levert's, you'll be more than happy to comply. Rather than just collecting a smattering of half-thought-out ideas, every song on G tells a fully developed story. The first track,

Overview

If he were a crooner of lesser regard, Gerald Levert's plea for listeners to say his name on his fourth, solo disc, G, would sound contrived. But for vocals as flawless and as seductive as Levert's, you'll be more than happy to comply. Rather than just collecting a smattering of half-thought-out ideas, every song on G tells a fully developed story. The first track, "Application," finds him looking for more than a hot body -- and his longing for a professional woman with wholesome, middle-class values is an adult response of sorts to Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up." Levert also meticulously incorporates elements of vintage soul with a contemporary flair. On "Baby U Are," Levert doesn't merely borrow the chorus to Bloodstone's classic "Natural High," but weaves the melody of that song into the music. It isn't surprising that Levert is so meticulous. He's the son of Eddie Levert of the legendary O'Jays, so his musical roots run deep. And on G, Levert shows that he's a lover man who wants you to think as well as to feel.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Not one to remain stagnant or rely on past successes, Gerald Levert explores his vocal abilities on this set more than he has on past efforts. Outside producer Darrell Allamby captains the CD's first three tracks and stretches Gerald's voice; Allamby has him reaching for notes and provides fresh rhythms for G's soulful delivery, making the singer more acceptable to less mature ears. Gerald produces the next ten tracks and proves more adventuresome (with his voice) than Allamby by executing "Baby U Are" in falsetto. Allamby's tracks are phat, sure winners with "Application," the stronger but slower "Callin' Me," and "Nothin to Somethin." There's quiet storm fodder galore, including a smoldering duet with Kelly Price and the hitting "Mr. Too Damn Good," written with ex-Rude Boy Joe Little.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596241724
catalogNumber:
62417
Rank:
35540

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerald Levert   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Miller   Trumpet
Michael Jackson   Keyboards
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Ann Gilbert   Bass
R. Kelly   Track Performer
Darrell "Delite" Allamby   Background Vocals
Linda Anderson   Cello
Diane Barnett   Violin
Randy Bowland   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lincoln Browder   Background Vocals
Craig T. Cooper   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Jack Faith   Flute
Joe Little   Drums
Edwin Nicholas   Drums,Keyboards
Peter Nocella   Viola
Harvey Price   Percussion
Christine Reeves   Violin
Antoinette Roberson   Background Vocals
Walter White   Trumpet
Sherena Wynn   Background Vocals
Murf   Guitar
Dennis Williams   Conductor
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Niles McKinney   Keyboards
Mark Ward   Celli
Kenny Dickerson   Keyboards
Wei-Shu Co.   Violin
Ellen Herskowitz   Viola
Brandi "Chyna" Simpson   Background Vocals
Tom Fetherston   Violin
Susan Britton   Violin
Paul Ferguson   Trombone
Kenny Anderson   Flute,Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gerald Levert   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Darrell "Delite" Allamby   Producer,Engineer
Merlin Bobb   Executive Producer
Joe Little   Arranger,Producer
Edwin Nicholas   Arranger,Producer
Shawn Smith   Programming
Pete Tokar   Engineer
Sherena Wynn   Vocal Arrangements
Dennis Williams   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ben Arrindell   Vocal Engineer
Kelly Price   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Kenny Dickerson   Producer,drum programming
Ivan "St. Ives" Walker   Engineer
Kenny Anderson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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G 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is classic Gerald Levert. I love Mr. Too Damn Good and Second Time Around. Gerald's music makes everyone want to be in love.