I Used to Be

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the late '80s and early '90s, Lenny Kravitz and Living Colour accomplished something that Gail Ann Dorsey was unable to accomplish: they demonstrated that an African-American artist could, in fact, become a superstar with an R&B-influenced approach to alternative rock. Dorsey's excellent debut album, The Corporate World a 1989 release on Warner Bros., was too rock for R&B stations, but at the same time, many rock programmers no doubt assumed that because she was black, she must have been urban contemporary -- and the same problems persisted when Island released her sophomore outing, Rude Blue, in 1992. Not that Dorsey hasn't done well for herself in the music ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the late '80s and early '90s, Lenny Kravitz and Living Colour accomplished something that Gail Ann Dorsey was unable to accomplish: they demonstrated that an African-American artist could, in fact, become a superstar with an R&B-influenced approach to alternative rock. Dorsey's excellent debut album, The Corporate World a 1989 release on Warner Bros., was too rock for R&B stations, but at the same time, many rock programmers no doubt assumed that because she was black, she must have been urban contemporary -- and the same problems persisted when Island released her sophomore outing, Rude Blue, in 1992. Not that Dorsey hasn't done well for herself in the music industry; anyone who traveled all over the world as David Bowie's bassist in the mid- to late- '90s and early 2000s has a lot to be thankful for. Still, it would be nice to see Dorsey enjoy a big commercial breakthrough as a solo artist, and this 2004 release demonstrates that her talents as a singer/songwriter haven't suffered a bit over the years. The impressively consistent I Used to Be, Dorsey's first solo album in 12 years, isn't a radical departure from her earlier recordings; the Philadelphia native still favors a very R&B-influenced approach to pop
ock. Despite that R&B influence, urban stations are unlikely to embrace introspective gems like "Philadelphia" and "Nether Land" -- this alternative pop
ock/adult alternative disc is much more likely to appeal to a Sarah McLachlan/Indigo Girls/Joan Osborne type of audience. It's regrettable that Dorsey hasn't provided more solo albums over the years -- regrettable, but understandable considering how busy she has been as a session player. Nonetheless, those who remember The Corporate World or Rude Blue have kept hoping that Dorsey would eventually record some more albums of her own, and she doesn't disappoint us on this rewarding CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: United Opportunity
  • UPC: 790777011926
  • Catalog Number: 770119
  • Sales rank: 105,096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nether Land (3:07)
  2. 2 This Time (Barely Alive) (6:02)
  3. 3 Magical (6:08)
  4. 4 Take Me to Your Love (4:57)
  5. 5 The Fool (4:13)
  6. 6 Be My Angel (4:08)
  7. 7 Whether You Are the One (4:29)
  8. 8 The Big Decision (4:09)
  9. 9 Always True (4:21)
  10. 10 Philadelphia (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gail Ann Dorsey Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Sampling, keyboard bass, Soloist, Fuzz Bass, Roland TR-808
Zachary Alford Cymbals, Drums
Rob Arthur Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Catherine Russell Background Vocals
Antony Widoff Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Adam Widoff Bass, Guitar
Sara Lee Bass, Bass Guitar
Brandon Mason Synthesizer, Hand Clapping
Eric Red Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gail Ann Dorsey Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production, Envelope Filter
Kristen Hall Composer
Zachary Alford Drum Fills
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roland Orzabal Composer
Oscar Wilde Author
Sara Lee Executive Producer
Brandon Mason Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Agnes B. Clothing Design
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