Groove Theory

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Groove Theory's debut effort is an exquisite, even innovative album. Not only did it in retrospect help to herald the progressive neo-soul movement, but its melding of decidedly hip-hop production techniques -- steady drum patterns, plentiful loops and samples though mixed with live instrumentation, even a modicum of turntable scratching -- with the emotional impulses and themes of soul was still a novel approach to making R&B at the time. Just a year later, in fact, Aaliyah hit commercial and artistic pay dirt with her second album, One in a Million, which plays precisely as if Timbaland had heard and then used Groove Theory as its sonic blueprint, right down to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Groove Theory's debut effort is an exquisite, even innovative album. Not only did it in retrospect help to herald the progressive neo-soul movement, but its melding of decidedly hip-hop production techniques -- steady drum patterns, plentiful loops and samples though mixed with live instrumentation, even a modicum of turntable scratching -- with the emotional impulses and themes of soul was still a novel approach to making R&B at the time. Just a year later, in fact, Aaliyah hit commercial and artistic pay dirt with her second album, One in a Million, which plays precisely as if Timbaland had heard and then used Groove Theory as its sonic blueprint, right down to the cool, prepossessing vocals, which are demure rather than ostentatious, unlike the flashy singers then-dominating the genre. But Groove Theory need not live in the shadow of any other record, since it has an abundance of its own virtues. Its main attribute may be that it introduced the world to Amel Larrieux, whose alluring vocal stylings enliven the proceedings considerably, giving them a certain laid-back radiance. Even without her in the mix, however, the musical valentines created by former Mantronix rapper Bryce Wilson are so butter-slick and slide down so easily that the album would have been worth the time regardless. The delicious trip-pop singles "Baby Luv" and "Tell Me" are two of the most seductive, romantic songs of 1995, energetic enough to adapt to the dancefloor or win over the normally R&B-averse heads on the street, but also perfect mood music to play behind those sweet nothings during pillow time. And they aren't the only treasures tucked away on Groove Theory. Groove is not, in fact, merely a hypothesis but a reality throughout, particularly on expansive gems like the drive-time chill-out of "Ride," or "Angel" and "You're Not the 1," which beautifully whisk through jazz-flavored atmospheres. Highly recommended to a wide range of music fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972378220
  • Catalog Number: 723782
  • Sales rank: 12,113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 10 Minute High (4:06)
  2. 2 Time Flies (4:15)
  3. 3 Ride (5:08)
  4. 4 Come Home (4:40)
  5. 5 Baby Luv (4:48)
  6. 6 Tell Me (3:56)
  7. 7 Hey U (6:34)
  8. 8 Hello It's Me (5:03)
  9. 9 Good 2 Me (4:12)
  10. 10 Angel (3:56)
  11. 11 Keep Tryin' (4:20)
  12. 12 You're Not the 1 (4:25)
  13. 13 Didja Know (3:55)
  14. 14 Boy at the Window (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Groove Theory Primary Artist
Mike Campbell Guitar
Trey Lorenz Background Vocals
Darrell Brown Bass
Eric Butler Bass
Kevin Deane Keyboards
Jeff Haynes Percussion
Jean Background Vocals
Kirk Lyons Bass
Ralph Rolle Drums
Michael Phillips Saxophone
Darryl Brown Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Sean Jasper Background Vocals
Amel Larrieux Vocals, Background Vocals
Laru Larrieux Vocals, Background Vocals
Troy Montgomery Background Vocals
Gary Montoute Keyboards
Bryce Wilson Keyboards
Mike Phillips Saxophone
Michael "Dino" Campbell Guitar
Eric "Ebo" Butler Bass
Technical Credits
Trey Lorenz Vocal Arrangements
Eric Butler Engineer
Russell Elevado Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Troy Hightower Engineer
D. Brown Composer
Darryl Brown Composer, Contributor
Sean Jasper Composer
Amel Larrieux Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Laru Larrieux Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Bryce Wilson Composer, Producer, keyboard arrangements
Carol Chen Art Direction
Joe Hornof Engineer
Danny Bernini Engineer
Isiah Lee Composer, Programming, Contributor
Eric "Ebo" Butler Engineer
Jimmy Henchmen Executive Producer
Lamont Boles Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE SAYING 'DIAMOND IN THE RUFF' BEST DESCRIBES THIS THE R&B MASTERPIECE!

    It's not often that you can play an album for years and be just as refreshed or inspired as when you first heard it. Groove Theory's self titled album does just that. To say it's 'different from other R&B titles wouldn't do it any justice. R&B today has become littered with uninspired, soulless efforts. It seems like each song is really the same but with a sampled beat to make 'appeal' to the listener or maybe people are taking being a thug or independent too far. How about keeping it real and feeling something real. When I hear Amel voice it's like something that I've been longing for in R&B for years. She sings songs of inspiration-Baby Love, caring for someone for real-Come Home, Boy In the Window and 10 Minute High and being strong without being so hard that you can't allow yourself to care for another-You're Not The 1 and Did You Know. Props defintely to producer Bryce Wilson who turned out a rare upbeat and uplifting album. I play this album to this day and hope that in the future I can find other titles like this that inspire me to press on for something better in this everyday struggle know as life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a great cd

    You can play this cd when you are riding in you car with the top down on a sunny day. You can relate to at least one song on the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfection to the last scratch!

    When looking for R&B that stays real to it's roots, check out Groove Theory, one of the most popular and gifted R&B groups to come out of the 90's. With the help of the production of Bryce Wilson (former rapper of Mantronix) and the beautiful vocals of Amel Larrieux (who went on to release two solo albums which are truly gorgeous) you receive some real soul music here that touches on a lot of jazz, classic R&B, latin, and hip-hop beats. This is one album that remains ahead of it's time and yet true to it's roots. One of the most beautiful R&B/soul albums, not only out of the 90's, but throughout history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R&B MUSIC AT ITS BEST

    Groove Theory's debut album is a must have for any music lover. I don't really buy too much R&B but this is a gem. This album is real music not just an attempt to get somebody to pay your bills or any other nonsense. You can feel Amil's voice and she definitely sings from the heart. Bryce works the boards, very hot beats. Do yourself a favor and buy this album.

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