I Need an Angel

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
During his reign as 2003's American Idol, it was obvious that Ruben Studdard, with his bellowing vocals, has his roots firmly planted in the gospel tradition. While his hit-and-miss debut, Soulful, uncharacteristically found the jovial Studdard slumming with raunchy rapper Fat Joe on the track "What Is Sexy," on I Need an Angel he returns to his church upbringing. Although the "Velvet Teddy Bear" still fails to recapture on record the charisma that he exhibited on television, he sounds more convincing singing the Lord's praise than he did trying to convey a big and sexy image. The disc includes three new songs, including the R. Kelly–penned title track and "We Have ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
During his reign as 2003's American Idol, it was obvious that Ruben Studdard, with his bellowing vocals, has his roots firmly planted in the gospel tradition. While his hit-and-miss debut, Soulful, uncharacteristically found the jovial Studdard slumming with raunchy rapper Fat Joe on the track "What Is Sexy," on I Need an Angel he returns to his church upbringing. Although the "Velvet Teddy Bear" still fails to recapture on record the charisma that he exhibited on television, he sounds more convincing singing the Lord's praise than he did trying to convey a big and sexy image. The disc includes three new songs, including the R. Kelly–penned title track and "We Have Not Forgotten," written by and featuring Studdard's own idol, Fred Hammond (the track originally appeared on Soulful). The remaining songs are R&B-tinged renditions of classic black church staples. Standouts include Studdard's impassioned version of Hammond's "Running Back to You" and a stirring, choir-backed rendition of Walter Hawkins's "Goin' Up Yonder." With his Angel guiding him, Studdard's career is back on the right path.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It makes a certain amount of sense that Ruben Studdard's second album is a contemporary gospel album. His first album, 2003's Soulful, was pitched toward an urban soul audience, and an urban contemporary gospel album is a natural extension of that attitude, since the basic sound isn't all that far removed: the slow, smooth grooves are an uncanny ringer for the sound of quiet storm, only with a religious spin. Studdard sings songs from and works with many of the major names in contemporary gospel music -- Bill Gaither, Walter Hawkins, Fred Hammond, Marvin Winans, plus R. Kelly -- and while there are a number of cooks in the kitchen, the resulting album, I Need an Angel, winds up being cohesive since it's all coming from the same perspective. It's all easy-rolling, smooth, and polished slow grooves, sometimes easing by on the sound of the record, other times gelling quite nicely thanks to some sturdily written and arranged songs. Ruben sounds considerably better here than he did on Soulful -- the voice doesn't sound rushed or thin, it sounds like he had the time in the studio to concentrate and give good performances. He still isn't blessed with a tremendous amount of on-record charisma, but he sounds nice and grounds the album, giving it a likeable focus when it starts to sound a little samey. So, while it has no standout cuts, on the whole I Need an Angel winds up being a bit more solid than his proper debut and suggests that Studdard may be developing the skills that will given him an actual career outside of the confines of American Idol.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 828766262322
  • Catalog Number: 62623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jesus is Love
  2. 2 Ain't No Need to Worry
  3. 3 Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  4. 4 Running Back to You
  5. 5 Center of My Heart
  6. 6 Jesus is Real
  7. 7 No Weapon
  8. 8 His Eyes on the Sparrow
  9. 9 Amazing Grace
  10. 10 I Surrender All
  11. 11 There's Not a Friend Like Jesus
  12. 12 I Need An Angel
  13. 13 Shout to the Lord
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruben Studdard Primary Artist, Vocals
Harvey Watkins Jr. Vocals
Charles Veal Conductor
Andrew Gouche Bass, Bass Guitar
Fred Hammond Vocals, Background Vocals
Donnie Lyle Guitar
Tom McQueen Choir, Chorus
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Anson Dawkins Choir, Chorus, Choir Director
Joey Woolfalk Guitar
Noel Hall Keyboards
Tim Carmon Organ
Ethan Farmer Bass
Liam Tyson Choir, Chorus
Glendon Campbell Drums
Shanika Leeks Choir, Chorus
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Warryn Campbell Organ, Bass, Piano, Various
Seven Morris Background Vocals
Eric D. Jackson Guitar
Felipe "Philbrick" Baker Choir, Chorus
Eric King Choir, Chorus
Clarence Williams' Novelty Band Choir, Chorus
Juna Givhan Choir, Chorus
Eric Seats Drums
James Chip Burney Background Vocals
DeWayne Swan Piano, Keyboards
Dontae Winslow Horn
Alethea Mills Background Vocals
Chavonne Morris Background Vocals
Aminah Ofumbi Background Vocals
Clarissa Watkins Background Vocals
Matilda Baker Choir, Chorus
Divine Order Horns Horn
Natalie Ganther Choir, Chorus
Nicole Ganther Choir, Chorus
Calvin "Joonie" Gary Jr. Guitar
Camille Grigsby Choir, Chorus
Cassandra Grigsby Choir, Chorus
Chara Kristine Hammonds Choir, Chorus
Taneka Lemle Choir, Chorus
Rashawnda Marshall Choir, Chorus
Jeanine McCoy Choir, Chorus
Dion Neuble Drums
Alexandria Sanders Choir, Chorus
Rozlyn Seay Choir, Chorus
Tyrice Turner Choir, Chorus
Damian Michael Williams Choir, Chorus
Kerry Wilson Choir, Chorus
A.J. Wright & The Tribe Called Judah Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Bill Gaither Composer
Walter Hawkins Composer
Richard Smallwood Composer
Harvey Watkins Jr. Composer
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Fred Hammond Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Jerry Peters String Arrangements
Deke Richards Composer
Paul Riser String Conductor
Marvin Winans Composer
Anson Dawkins Arranger
Eric Dawkins Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Noel Hall Composer
Tommie Walker drum programming
Dave Russell Engineer
Tony Sheppard Engineer
Gloria Gaither Composer
Derek Clark Arranger, Composer, Producer
Abel Garibaldi Programming, Engineer
Doc Wiley Engineer
Kevin Wilson Engineer
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Warryn Campbell Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Alexis Yraola Art Direction
Ian Mereness Programming, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Dabling Harward Engineer
Ruben Studdard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bruce Buechner Engineer
DeWayne Swan Composer
Alvin Garrett Producer
Aaron Renner Engineer, Digital Editing
James Beville Engineer
Renner Vaughn Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is uplifting!!!!

    Ruben sounded very good on this CD. My favorite songs are Shout to the Lord, I need an angel and I surrender all. I definitely think he should stay with gospel music. Even if he doesn't he's still talented in my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY ANNOINTED

    This is a must have for all that love being blessed by the gift of song. Ruben has such a beautiful and annointed voice I am just floored at how great the album really is. My standout favorites are I Need An Angel, Amazing Grace, Running Back to You & Center of My Joy. This will definately be on constant repeat in my cd players for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Soul to Gospel and Its done well!

    Ruben shines like no other on this ablum and I am glad that is letting the world know with this album that he can not do only one genre and that his voice is versatile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't wait

    Ruben is so wonderful, He is truly a man of god. And I know god will take him far in his career. We love you Ruben. The Album is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This is just breathtaking Beautiful Amazing Grace will touch your heart Anointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully Done!!!

    I'd hoped Ruben would do something musically like this album and he's done it beautifully. What an amazing voice and a wonderful choice of songs. Can't say enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, but not great

    To be honest, I was disappointed with this CD. Some songs were well done, but overall I thought that Rueben lacked passion and conviction. To me that's what Gospel music is all about! I thought that Rueben kind of lost his edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breath of Fresh Air

    This artist is definitely a breath of fresh air. Studdard's new album INAA is not traditional old school gospel, but there is a new breed of contemporary gospel artist that has been emerging for some time now. I could see people of the old school saying, leave the traditional alone, it is supposed to be sung the same old way, and I have to respect them for that. But, every artist needs a space to breathe in this industry. Why can't a contemporary artist bring something NEW to the table. This album was well put together. Mr Studdard has a wonderful voice which lends beautifully to what he was trying to accomplish on this album. The song choices are wonderful, and the arrangements are great. This is an album that anyone who can embrace change could enjoy. I agree we all have our own taste in music, it all depends on what flavor we choose. Why not choose a new/different flavor. Who knows you just might love it. Highly recommended.

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