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It's Real
     

It's Real

by K-Ci & JoJo
 

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K-Ci & JoJo's first outing as a duo, 1997's LOVE ALWAYS, was exciting. The full power of their soul was often upstaged by the pure freakiness of Devante and Mr. Dalvin, so it was a treat to hear the harmonies of songs like the megahit "All My Life" unaffected by the raunch that made Jodeci a household name. The bittersweet, but no-holds-barred

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K-Ci & JoJo's first outing as a duo, 1997's LOVE ALWAYS, was exciting. The full power of their soul was often upstaged by the pure freakiness of Devante and Mr. Dalvin, so it was a treat to hear the harmonies of songs like the megahit "All My Life" unaffected by the raunch that made Jodeci a household name. The bittersweet, but no-holds-barred gospel power of "Making Me Say Goodbye" and the Babyface-penned "Here He Comes Again" are in the race for an "All My Life" followup, while the album's first single, "Tell Me It's Real" is a cute ballad with built-in crossover appeal. "Hello Darlin'" opens quietly, betraying an explosive chorus, and the pop of "Girl" and the darker tone of "What Am I Gonna Do" play off each other like day and night. "Life," from the Eddie Murphy movie of the same name is a subdued Southern groove deserving of more attention than it received, but if it's the funk you're after, try a dose of "Fee Fie Foe Fum" or the midtempo "I Wanna Get to Know You." The album's lasting impression comes from its ballads, but the Hailey brothers still know how to get down.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
K-Ci & JoJo's first album Love Always established the Jodeci refugees as fine R&B vocalists, blending classic soul traditions with contemporary urban production and technique. Blessed with strong sales and good reviews, Love Always became a hit, setting up high expectations for the duo's second album, It's Real. For those expecting a flat-out masterpiece, It's Real will disappoint, primarily because it doesn't so much as expand on past glories as it simply replicates them. Since they're good singers with generally good material, this isn't a problem, even if it makes it all seem a little too pat and predictable. Occasionally, the Hailey brothers decide to rely a little bit too much on their impressive vocal technique, taking off on soaring glissanados that ultimately distract as much as they impress. That, combined with the stylistic similarity of the material, makes It's Real bog down a little bit, but the very best moments -- "Makin' Me Say Goodbye," "I Wanna Get to Know You," "How Long Must I Cry," "Hello Darlin'," among others -- are contemporary urban romantic soul at its finest, which is reason enough to hear the disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811193744
catalogNumber:
11937

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Performance Credits

K-Ci & JoJo   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Strings
Sid Page   Strings
Rory Bennett   Multi Instruments
Chuck Berghofer   Strings
Charlie Bisharat   Strings
Rev. Dave Boruff   Strings
Jacqueline Brand   Strings
Darius Campo   Strings
Larry Corbett   Strings
Chuck Domanico   Strings
Charles Everett   Strings
Ronald Folsom   Strings
Juliann French   Strings
Armen Garabedian   Strings
Paul Hanson   Strings
Terry Harrington   Strings
Carrie Holzman-Little   Strings
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Peter Kent   Strings
Armen Ksadjikian   Strings
David Low   Strings
Brian O'Connor   Strings
Bobby O'Donnell   Strings
Simon Oswell   Strings
Darryl Pearson   Multi Instruments
Barbara Porter   Strings
Anatoly Rosinsky   Strings
Richard Treat   Strings
Randy Waldman   Conductor
Ken Wild   Strings
Evan Wilson   Strings
Ken Yerke   Strings
Mihail Zinovyev   Strings
John Scanlon   Strings
Craig Brockman   Keyboards
Joel "JoJo" Hailey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hershberger   Strings
Mike Smoov   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar
Julie Berghofer   Strings
Becky Bunnell   Strings
Steve Richards   Strings
James Thatcher   Strings
Franklyn D'Antonio   Strings
Karen Jones   Strings
David H. Speltz   Strings

Technical Credits

Jeff Redd   Executive Producer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer
Rory Bennett   Producer
Jonathan LeSane   Engineer
Emanuel Officer   Producer
Darryl Pearson   Producer
Randy Waldman   String Arrangements
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Craig Brockman   Producer
Stan Wood   Programming,Engineer
Greg Mull   Engineer
Ralph Stacy   Producer
Joel "JoJo" Hailey   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Damon Jones   Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Programming,Engineer
Mike Smoov   Producer
Jeff Vereb   Programming,Engineer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Jay Boberg   Executive Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Joey "The Don" Donatello   Programming,Engineer

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