Hard

Hard

by Jagged Edge
     
 

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On their fourth album, Hard, Atlanta quartet Jagged Edge offer a winning mix of ballads and club-worthy grooves including the heart-tugging hit single "Walked Outta Heaven" and the funky bonus track "Car Show," featuring Big Boi of Outkast.See more details below

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On their fourth album, Hard, Atlanta quartet Jagged Edge offer a winning mix of ballads and club-worthy grooves including the heart-tugging hit single "Walked Outta Heaven" and the funky bonus track "Car Show," featuring Big Boi of Outkast.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jagged Edge seemed destined to assume Boyz II Men's place as the pre-eminent black male vocal group when its second album, 2000's J.E. Heartbreak, went double platinum. But 2001's Jagged Little Thrill did only half as much business, despite the presence on it of the group's most successful single, "Where the Party At," which topped the R&B chart and reached number three on the Hot 100. Maybe the problem was that that track, which featured a rap by Nelly, was more aggressive than most Jagged Edge songs and more identified with the guest star than the headliners. If so, Jagged Edge didn't repeat the mistake with their fourth album, Hard. This time, the leadoff single, released months ahead of the full-length disc and rising in the R&B Top Ten and the pop Top 40 as the album appeared, is the more characteristic ballad "Walked Outta Heaven." It's a good calling card for the collection, which as usual is full of slow-tempo love songs anchored by synthetic bass beats that will test the capacity of woofers and filled with involved group vocal choruses set against pleading solo lead lines that weave in and out. Jermaine Dupri, the group's musical guru, has pulled back from deep involvement in the writing and producing, leaving those duties largely to Bryan-Michael Cox, Sick Cents Productions, Inc., and Melvin Coleman, who allow group members Brandon and Brian Casey to write the romantic lyrics and provide all the other musical elements. For variation, reggae rapper Major Damage toasts over "Girls Gone Wild," and Big Boi from OutKast raps on the bonus track "Car Show." But for the most part, it's the four singers themselves who dominate.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998701724
catalogNumber:
87017

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jagged Edge   Primary Artist,Vocals
Melvin Coleman   Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Vocoder
Jermaine Dupri   Drums,Vocal Ad-Libs
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Lee Dixon   Rap
Kevin Hicks   Guitar
Big Boi   Rap
Major Damage   Rap
Joey P.   Guitar,Hand Clapping
Tiffany Beaudoin   Background Vocals
Pierre Medor   Keyboards
Dwayne Nesmith   Keyboards
Steve Wright   Guitar
Rod Harris   Guitar
Tatu "Joe Black" Hill   Rap
Ray Holton   Guitar
Tori Collier   Whisper
Rahj "Woonie" Rowe   Rap

Technical Credits

Phalon Alexander   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Melvin Coleman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Anthony Criss   Arranger,Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Dale Ramsey   Engineer,Digital Editing
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Vincent Brown   Arranger,Composer
Brandon Casey   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Brian Casey   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Lee Dixon   Arranger,Composer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Kevin Hicks   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joey P.   Engineer,Digital Editing
Michael J. Henderson   Arranger
Bryan-Michael Cox   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gerald "Eli" Smith   Digital Editing
Derek Delay   Engineer,Digital Editing
Pierre Medor   Arranger,Composer
Dwayne Nesmith   Arranger,Composer
Corna Boyz   Producer
Keir Gist   Arranger,Composer
Tatu "Joe Black" Hill   Arranger,Composer
Kaseam Turner   Groomer
Crystal Streets   Wardrobe Design
Chris Spruell   Groomer
Hockefa Lamar   Arranger,Composer
Antwon Patton   Arranger,Composer
Corey Presley   drum programming
Rahj "Woonie" Rowe   Arranger,Composer
Sick Cents Productions, Inc.   Arranger,Producer

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