Just Like You

Just Like You

4.5 12
by Keyshia Cole
     
 

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Keyshia Cole's ascent was prepared with an appearance on the Barbershop 2 soundtrack and a mixtape presented by DJ Green Lantern, yet 2005's The Way It Is wasn't exactly hotly anticipated. On the strength of two Top Ten R&B singles, the album eventually went platinum, several months afterSee more details below

Overview

Keyshia Cole's ascent was prepared with an appearance on the Barbershop 2 soundtrack and a mixtape presented by DJ Green Lantern, yet 2005's The Way It Is wasn't exactly hotly anticipated. On the strength of two Top Ten R&B singles, the album eventually went platinum, several months after release, slowly transforming her into one of R&B's biggest stars -- one often mentioned on a first-name basis, and one with several comparisons to Mary J. Blige. Cole's second album will only prompt more of those comparisons, nearly to the extent that it might seem like its purpose. In addition to becoming Blige's labelmate at Geffen, Cole prefaced the album's release with performances that included her takes on "I'm Going Down" and "Sweet Thing" -- two songs memorably updated by a young Blige -- which could be construed as insolence, reverence, or a combination of the two. In some ways, Just Like You plays out like an album that could've only been made after Blige's Breakthrough. The common collaborators include Rodney Jerkins, Ron Fair, and Bryan-Michael Cox, two of whom had nothing to do with The Way It Is. "Got to Get My Heart Back" could have been written to one-up The Breakthrough's "Enough Cryin"; these two Jerkins productions are somewhat similar in makeup, though the former's sting is a little more bittersweet while also hitting just a little bit harder. "Got to Get My Heart Back" would sound natural flowing out of The Breakthrough's "Take Me as I Am," not just sonically but as the next natural development in a busted relationship -- from putting a foot down to making a recovery. Both tracks are Ron Fair productions. Songs co-written and produced by others, like "Fallin' Out" and "Give Me More," would also be easy fits on The Breakthrough, balancing desperation with conviction and mixing lush arrangements with penetrative melodies. Add a wicked Missy Elliott-produced throwback to Bad Boy's golden era, a repeat appearance of Cole's album-stealing feature from Diddy's Press Play -- which, coincidentally, also contains a Blige feature -- and a photo spread that looks very Blige-like, and you might wonder whether or not Cole is pulling a Single Black Female. (Just Like You? Just like who, exactly?) Despite all this weirdness, this stands as a very good album by Keyshia Cole, also the point where Cole's voice grows from an occasionally powerful emotive device into a versatile instrument.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
She’s got a big voice, a knack for nasty kiss-off songs and the good sense to (usually) avoid over-singing.
Billboard
..."Just Like You" is rife with sincere lyrics about troubled relationships paired with soaring vocals and top-notch production. Mariel Concepcion

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517393974
catalogNumber:
000947502
Rank:
18196

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keyshia Cole   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Performing Ensemble,Concert Master
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Larry Corbett   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Brian Dembow   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Stephen Erdody   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Julie Gigante   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Alan Grunfeld   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello,Performing Ensemble
David Low   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Robin Olson   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Sid Paige   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Katia Popov   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Roger Wilkie   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Natalie Leggett   Violin,Performing Ensemble
J. Wells   Keyboards
Sara Parkins   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Roberto Cani   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Keyboards
Thomas Dienner   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Sarah Thornblade   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Samuel Formicola   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Bryan-Michael Cox   Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Adonis Stropshire   Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Songa Lee   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Tereza Stanislav   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean   Strings
Robert Brophy   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Jarquelle Brand   Violin,Performing Ensemble
K.D. Hicks   Bass,Guitar
Taurian "TJ" Osborne   Keyboards
Prince Maestro   Keyboards
Phillip Levy   Violin,Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Pastor Donald Alford   Producer
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer
Greg Curtis   Composer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,String Conductor
James Mtume   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
Todd Shaw   Composer
Soulshock   Composer,Producer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Karlin   Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Lamb   Producer
Missy Elliott   Composer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Josh Butler   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Tito Vasquez   Digital Editing
J. Wells   Producer
Gregory Curtis   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Lex   Producer
Jack Knight   Composer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence   Vocal Producer
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Producer
Tal Herzberg   Digital Editing
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Programming,Producer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Adonis Stropshire   Vocal Producer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Dru Castro   Engineer
Jason Farmer   Composer,Producer
Evan Peters   Mixing Coordinator
Sam Thomas   Engineer
Keyshia Cole   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Victor Abijaudi   Engineer
Danielle Demmerella   Marketing
Ashley Fox   Marketing
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean   Programming,Producer
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Vocal Engineer
Jesse Andrew Dixon   Composer
Runners   Producer
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott   Producer
Alex "Lex" Francis   Composer
C. Broan   Producer
Manny Halley   Executive Producer
Emily Ma   Contributor
Lanny Ma   Contributor
Andrew Harr   Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering
Kim Jones   Composer

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