Game Changer

Game Changer

by Johnny Gill
     
 
Johnny Gill's seventh proper studio album is markedly better than his 2011 return, Still Winning. Supported by another crop of male background vocalists, Gill once again sounds as if he's the leader of a group from time to time, but he is more prominent here, and the material -- contributed by Chuck

Overview

Johnny Gill's seventh proper studio album is markedly better than his 2011 return, Still Winning. Supported by another crop of male background vocalists, Gill once again sounds as if he's the leader of a group from time to time, but he is more prominent here, and the material -- contributed by Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, Gregg Pagani, and Vidal Davis, among others -- sticks a bit more. Gill benefits from a couple higher-profile collaborative songs. "This One's for Me and You" is a classy contemporary ballad made with New Edition, though it's closer to a duet between Gill and the group's Ralph Tresvant. The title track, a ballad about settling down that references sweet vintage soul and Roger Troutman at once, was produced by Babyface and Antonio Dixon. Stylistically, Game Changer is exceedingly varied. Mature contemporary sounds, sophisticated disco-funk, and Hi-like southern soul are handled with equal finesse. There's even a bit of nostalgia for the early '90s; some listeners might catch themselves thinking of Rude Boys' 1990 classic "Written All Over Your Face" while they play "Behind Closed Doors," the album's lead single. The only ill fit is the hard-charging EDM experiment "Guinevere," easy to quickly disregard and forget as the album's finale.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
Label:
J Skillz Entertainmt
UPC:
0811790021638
catalogNumber:
9002163
Rank:
1136

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Gill   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ralph Tresvant   Vocals
Ronnie DeVoe   Vocals
Emanuel Officer   Background Vocals
Greg Pagani   Guitar
Ricky Bell   Vocals
Babyface   Bass,Guitar,Background Music
Wirlie Morris   Background Vocals
Antonio Dixon   Percussion
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Benjamin Smith   Guitar
James Smith   Background Vocals
Lance Tolbert   Bass,Piano
Carlos Battey   Background Vocals
Steven Battey   Background Vocals
Kyle Owens   Background Vocals
Jaramye Daniels   Background Vocals
Michael Bivens   Vocals
Lemarvin Harris   Background Vocals
Michaelangelo   Background Vocals
Sean Cooper   Talk Box

Technical Credits

Johnny Gill   Composer,Executive Producer
Emanuel Officer   Composer
Greg Pagani   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ralph Stacy   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Babyface   Composer,Instrumentation
Paul Boutin   Engineer
David Lombard   Executive Producer
Wirlie Morris   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Michael Piazza   Engineer
Damon Sharpe   Composer
JFK   Vocal Producer
Andre Brissett   Composer,Producer
Antonio Dixon   Composer,Instrumentation
Sylvester Jordan   Composer,Vocal Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Patrick "J Que" Smith   Composer
Emile Ghantous   Composer
James Smith   Composer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Angie Romasanta   Graphic Design
Brandon Coleman   Composer,Programming
Charles Harmon   Composer
Lance Tolbert   Composer,Programming
Carlos Battey   Composer
Steven Battey   Composer
Dave Young   Composer
Kyle Owens   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jaramye Daniels   Composer,Vocal Producer
Akil King   Composer,Vocal Producer
Lemarvin Harris   Composer
Michaelangelo   Composer,drum programming

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