Hurricane

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Beleagured R&B crooner Eric Benet, now infamous for being Halle Berry's sex-addicted ex-husband, tries to regain his artistic footing with his latest disc, which draws thematically on his divorce from the Oscar-winning beauty.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Benet spent the better part of a decade carving out a niche for his laid-back loverman R&B, notching a minor hit in 1999 with "Spend My Life with You," before he hooked up with actress Halle Berry. The couple married in 2001 and things almost immediately started to unravel for the singer. He started to pursue an acting career in earnest by appearing in Mariah Carey's ...
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Beleagured R&B crooner Eric Benet, now infamous for being Halle Berry's sex-addicted ex-husband, tries to regain his artistic footing with his latest disc, which draws thematically on his divorce from the Oscar-winning beauty.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Benet spent the better part of a decade carving out a niche for his laid-back loverman R&B, notching a minor hit in 1999 with "Spend My Life with You," before he hooked up with actress Halle Berry. The couple married in 2001 and things almost immediately started to unravel for the singer. He started to pursue an acting career in earnest by appearing in Mariah Carey's legendary bomb Glitter, released the very year Berry starred in the gritty Monster's Ball, a career-making role that landed her the Academy Award for Best Actress. That soul-baring performance, combined with her chest-baring performance in Swordfish, made Berry a superstar and a sex symbol, which overshadowed Benet's perfectly respectable career as a quiet storm crooner and C-level actor, resulting in a downward spiral of jealousy manifesting itself in a lot of sleeping around. All this came to light in 2003, when Berry filed for divorce from Benet. Not long afterward, Benet's serial infidelities were revealed, and while he claimed to suffer from sex addiction, he was quickly pegged as the idiot who cheated on Halle Berry by both tabloids and the public, and nothing he did, including a gloriously weepy interview on Primetime Live in the summer of 2004, erased that perception. Hurricane -- his long-gestating third album, delivered in the summer of 2005, delivered well over six years after his second, A Day in the Life -- won't rehabilitate his image, either. Without hearing a note of "Be Myself Again," "Where Does the Love Go," "The Last Time," "In the End," "Cracks of My Broken Heart," or "I Wanna Be Loved," any casual observer will be able to deduce that Hurricane is a quintessential divorce album, where Benet spends the course of the record ruminating on what exactly went wrong in his marriage. There have been plenty of interesting, even brilliant, divorce albums in pop and soul history, and the best of them -- like Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks or Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear -- have lyrical ambiguities and some degree of self-recrimination, a realization that both parties share some guilt in the dissolution of their relationship. While Benet may indeed be "Man Enough to Cry," he's not willing to fess up some guilt on his end anywhere on Hurricane -- the closest he comes is acknowledging "I always loved, I always cared/But there was a part of me that wasn't always there" -- preferring to wonder why his love has vanished and to wish that he weren't alone. Which is all well and good, and perhaps it would even be mildly sympathetic if the audience didn't know one crucial fact: he cheated on Halle Berry. Repeatedly. This makes it a little difficult to buy the argument that he's been wounded by a love gone wrong -- he may not admit it, but anybody listening to Hurricane knows that Benet is the guilty party in his broken marriage. Not only that, but he uses his alleged heartbreak -- as well as his love for his daughter, who has the syrupy "India" dedicated to her -- as fuel for seduction, trying to turn his tales of loneliness into a bid for romance. That's because, no matter what he sings about, Benet simply makes sultry music that's intended to be the soundtrack to a romantic evening. There are plenty of lyrics about breaking up, but Hurricane sounds as if it were designed for hooking up. About half of the album is sleepy, maudlin quiet storm, while the other half is built directly on the template Prince created with "Adore," the warm, elegant closer to his 1987 double-album Sign 'O' the Times. The quiet storm is well performed but dull, yet the Prince-styled numbers are engaging, melodic, and nimble, strong showcases for Benet's mellow skills. Hurricane does have the best liner-note thank you of the summer of 2005: "David Foster...This album never would have seen the light of day without you. How do I ever repay you? Maybe another Grammy for your collection?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624797029
  • Catalog Number: 47970
  • Sales rank: 38,680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be Myself Again (3:21)
  2. 2 Pretty Baby (4:56)
  3. 3 Hurricane (4:40)
  4. 4 Where Does the Love Go (4:13)
  5. 5 My Prayer (5:09)
  6. 6 Man Enough to Cry (4:13)
  7. 7 I Know (3:43)
  8. 8 India (4:08)
  9. 9 The Last Time (3:41)
  10. 10 In the End (3:43)
  11. 11 Making Love (4:23)
  12. 12 Cracks of My Broken Heart (4:36)
  13. 13 I Wanna Be Loved (4:38)
  14. 14 Still With You (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Benét Primary Artist, Percussion, Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Conductor
David Foster Keyboards
Chris Botti Trumpet, Soloist
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Hod David Bass, Guitar, Drums
Andy Duncan Guitar
Nathan East Bass
Jef Lee Johnson Guitar
Viktor Krauss Bass
Frank Lacy Horn
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Pino Palladino Bass
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
James Poyser Keyboards
Norbert Stachel Saxophone
Juan Patino Percussion
Dan Needham Drums
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
William Ross Conductor
Dave Foster Keyboards
Spanky Alford Guitar, Soloist
Randall Bowland Guitar
Brian Frazier Moore Drums
Shannon Sanders Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Anthony Johnson Drums
Demonté Posey Organ, Keyboards
Jacques Schwarz-Bart Horn
Lucia Micarelli Violin
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Chris Boardman String Arrangements
Danny Duncan Engineer
David Foster Audio Production
Steve B. Engineer
Tim Blixseth Composer, Executive Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Jonathan Clark Composer
Hod David Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Andy Duncan Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Humberto Gatica Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Lang Composer
George Nash Jr. Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dean Parks Composer
Danny Peck Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Stephen Walker Art Direction
Mike O'Connor Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Eric Benét Composer, Producer, Audio Production
William Ross Arranger
Dave Foster Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Andrew Ramsey Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing
Shannon Sanders Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Demonté Posey Producer, Audio Production
Michael Carney Composer, Producer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
Patrick Woodward Engineer
Neil Devor Engineer
Jorge Vivo Engineer
John Sneltz Engineer
Andrew Wyatt Composer, Engineer
Drew Ramsey Audio Production
Jochem van der Saag Programming
Michael Carney Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goes Down Smooth!

    This is an excellent "quiet storm" type cd. Perfect for an intimate evening for two,dinner parties, or just chillin all alone. Eric delivers the goods as usual! I would have liked another duet ala Tamia's - spend my life with you, but maybe next time! This is a definite addition for your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Second Thoughts

    Sounds like he really misses Halle and these sounds is a cry that he is hurting a little bit and may have some regrets sometimes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The eye of the storm"

    I have never felt so much love and pain in the lyrics of a male singer before. Especially in "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Still With You." This is my first Eric Benet purchase but definately wont be my last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    Lyrics that are tangible. The growth from his trials are woven into this musical project. I am enjoying listening to this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the wait

    Okay... so he is the lady's ex-husband... can we move on?! Eric has... and he is back as himself in perfect voice! This album is a must have for anyone who likes to vibe... excellent grooves for any summer day. Yes I am fan, I have followed Eric since his Benet days with sister Lisa and yes I was skeptical to his "comeback" but thank goodness he has! We have missed Eric. I still believe his best is yet to come but I think "Hurricane" is his best to date... this is just a key piece of his foundation. The production is excellent... thanks to such greats as David Foster, Walter A... and the usual suspects, George Nash Jr. and Demonte Posey, as well as Eric himself. I believe this album has been in the making for a while and this is the record he wanted us to hear. Eric stands his ground and lives up to his name... Eric Benet Jordan, the smooth and retrospective crooner he always will be. Thanks Eric! Job well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glad he's back!

    Eric Benet is my favorite singer. This was a highly anticipated album, and once again, he delivered. You will love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautiful Storm

    Eric Benet's soulful voice can make you cry and inspire fans, just by the sheer emotion he injects into his music. His new album "Hurricane" is long awaited and is a shinning example of his great talent. Back from a 6 year hiatus (I'm sure fans are saying about time), Benet put together a shimmering gem for a third release. "Hurricane" is mostly ballad driven, which can weigh the listener down a bit, but each song shows off his vocal prowis perfectly. The style of the album varies with each track, taking a slight left turn from traditional R&B. Benet sings behind a lush backdrop of R&B,lite soul, acoustic and pop sounds, making "Hurricane" a well crafted mixed bag. With all the drama that's surrounded Eric Benet's life, those experiences has lead him to create an album both heart breaking and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely

    This has an Amos Lee R&B, chillin vibe - very contemporary and gentle - very musically lovely - especially "The Last Time" and "India" written for Benet's daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Yet!

    This is by far the absolute best of Eric Benet. The music and the voice clearly demonstrates superb talent. It shines through with a calmness and confidence that shows he is definitely back. Welcome back Eric. This is a BEAUTIFUL piece. Every selection is more beautiful than the one before it. Don't change a thing.

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