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Gotta Tell You
     

Gotta Tell You

by Samantha Mumba
 

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Like many talented teenage pop singers, Samantha Mumba was initially promoted on the strength of her talent -- as in, "Isn't she much more talented than any other singer of her age?" It is true that Mumba is a fine singer, with a voice that sounds richer than most teen singers, and her material on her debut Gotta Tell You isn't strictly flimsy teen pop. It's

Overview

Like many talented teenage pop singers, Samantha Mumba was initially promoted on the strength of her talent -- as in, "Isn't she much more talented than any other singer of her age?" It is true that Mumba is a fine singer, with a voice that sounds richer than most teen singers, and her material on her debut Gotta Tell You isn't strictly flimsy teen pop. It's more soulful and pretty well-constructed, sultry without veering into Lolita territory. In short, this is a fine product, a sterling example of immaculately crafted dance-pop and radio-ready ballads. If there's any problem, it's that, apart from "Body II Body," which weirdly appropriates David Bowie's icy "Ashes to Ashes" for a seduction number, none of this is particularly memorable without repeated spins. After those plays, it still seems like Gotta Tell You is a little too heavy on filler -- the singles, like "Gotta Tell You" and "Baby, Come Over (This Is Our Night)" are what stand out, along with the slow-burning closer, "Lately" -- but it's still better crafted than much teen pop, and it's delivered with conviction by Mumba. It's not a stunner, but it's satisfying on its own (albeit ephemeral) terms, and it sets her up well for greater things.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0731454979924
catalogNumber:
549799

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Performance Credits

Samantha Mumba   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Toya Jackson   Background Vocals
Dawkins & Dawkins   Choir Conductor
Ron Fair   Keyboards,Vibes
John Goux   Guitar
Gary Grant   Horn
Jerry Hey   Conductor,Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn
John Michelle   Background Vocals
Lawrence Johnson   Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Anders Von Hofsten   Background Vocals
Patricia Scott   Background Vocals
Charlie Casey   Guitar
Anders Barren   Guitar
E. Dawk   Background Vocals
Rachel McFarlane   Background Vocals
Stockholm Session Orchestra   Strings
Michelle John Douglas   Background Vocals
Kim Johnson   Background Vocals
Arnthor   Background Vocals
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
Tal Herzberg   Bass
D Flex   Voices
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Luciano Peirone   Guitar
Jarl Ivar Andersen   Guitar
Erica Dymakkus   Background Vocals
Hans Dyvik   Horn
Larry Williams   Horn
Christina Undhjem   Background Vocals
John Powell   Background Vocals
Benedicte Swengaard And The Trondheim Gospel Choir   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Buchman   Keyboards
Coron Cole   Sounds
Johs   Guitar
Ju-Zee   Background Vocals
Tony Morell   Background Vocals
Tony Morrell   Background Vocals
Jany Perione   Background Vocals
Toya Smith   Background Vocals
Mats Sundstrom   Horn
Ju-Zee Talks   Background Vocals
Trondhelm Gospel Choir   Background Vocals
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Bag   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ron Fair   Arranger,Executive Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
George Mayers   Engineer
Richard Niles   String Arrangements
Dave Pensado   Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Alar Suurna   Arranger,Producer
Chris Wyles   Engineer
Matt Howe   String Arrangements
Ray Hamilton   Producer
Lawrence Johnson   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Vocal Production Assistance
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Kris Kello   drum programming
Patrick Thrasher   Programming
Sol Survivor   Arranger,Programming
Steve Mac   Arranger,Producer
Stargate   Producer
Yan Memmi   Engineer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
E. Dawk   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Sacha Skarbek   Producer
Arnthor   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Chris Laws   Programming,Engineer
Hallgeir Rustan   Instrumentation
Tal Herzberg   Programming
Lukas Burton   Producer
Louis Walsh   Management
DJ Mormile   Producer
Larry Williams   Orchestration
Janstorm Isley   String Arrangements
Jany Schella   Arranger,Producer
Jansson & Jansson   String Arrangements
Barren   Arranger,Producer
Bog   Arranger,Producer
Robbie Buchman   Programming
Dino Esposite   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Eri Hermansen   Instrumentation
Chris Mayfield   Sample Arrangements
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Instrumentation

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