Landing on a Hundred

Landing on a Hundred

by Cody ChesnuTT
     
 

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Cody ChesnuTT arrived in 2002 with The Headphone Masterpiece, an eccentric and sprawling debut. He appeared to be the kind of artist who could release a bounty of scattershot but occasionally excellent material on an annual basis. As years without a proper follow-up elapsed -- past a handful of collaborations, compilation appearances, and a 2010 EP -- hisSee more details below

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Cody ChesnuTT arrived in 2002 with The Headphone Masterpiece, an eccentric and sprawling debut. He appeared to be the kind of artist who could release a bounty of scattershot but occasionally excellent material on an annual basis. As years without a proper follow-up elapsed -- past a handful of collaborations, compilation appearances, and a 2010 EP -- his enigmatic aura only swelled. It's reduced with Landing on a Hundred, a relatively straightforward second album. There are no vulgar, offhanded, eager-to-provoke moments like "Bitch I'm Broke" or "War Between the Sexes." There aren't any unvarnished edges, either, though it's all organic -- by no means is it slick. Each one of the 12 songs is fully developed, recorded in studios with a large supporting cast, including string and horn sections. The material is classicist, drawing much from socially conscious soul of the late '60s and early '70s, especially 1969-1973 Marvin Gaye. Now in his early forties, ChesnuTT's outlook is less inward. "'Til I Met Thee" opens the album by acknowledging fatherhood as salvation. Like much of what follows, it's stylish, almost extravagant soul with a dash of funk from scratchy rhythm guitar lines. Many bases are covered: Africa is honored and uplifted, a young man who disrespects his mother is chastised, romance and personal connections are placed over wealth and technology, self-reliance is promoted, temptations are combated, and global economic inequities are scrutinized. "Don't Follow Me," a bleak and heartbreaking ballad in which he offers advice to his son -- i.e., "Don't make the same mistakes I've made" -- hits hardest with slamming drums, mournful trumpet, and a great amount of reverb. That he follows with a new version of the EP track "Everybody's Brother," where he addresses the drugging, gambling, and womanizing he has left behind, makes it all the more powerful. ChesnuTT delivers everything with colorful, wise-yet-probing conviction. Compared to the debut, this is a deeper body of songs. Entertainment and enrichment are provided unsparingly.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Vibration Vineyard
UPC:
0634457573321
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
100197

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Tracks

  1. 'Til I Met Thee  - Cody ChesnuTT
  2. I've Been Life  - Cody ChesnuTT
  3. That's Still Mama  - Cody ChesnuTT
  4. What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next)  - Cody ChesnuTT
  5. Don't Follow Me  - Cody ChesnuTT
  6. Everybody's Brother  - Cody ChesnuTT
  7. Love Is More Than A Wedding Day  - Cody ChesnuTT
  8. Under the Spell of the Handout  - Cody ChesnuTT
  9. Don't Wanna Go the Other Way  - Cody ChesnuTT
  10. Chips Down (In No Landfill)  - Cody ChesnuTT
  11. Where Is All The Money Going  - Cody ChesnuTT
  12. Scroll Call  - Cody ChesnuTT

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cody ChesnuTT   Primary Artist
Mario Argandona   Percussion
Joel Johnson   Guitar
Phil "Soul" Sewell   Bass
Soccorro   Background Vocals
Demon Strings   Strings
Zdany Chisholm   Saxophone
Oliver Greene   Background Vocals
Michael Williams   Trumpet
Antoinette Giles   Tambourine
Alvin "Vthov" Giles   Keyboards
Timothy Clark   Guitar
Steve Fryson   Drums
Schelvin Robinson   Trumpet
Jeffrey Gaines   Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Brown   Engineer
Joel Johnson   Arranger
James Manning   Graphic Design
Cody ChesnuTT   Composer,Producer
Izzi Dunn   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Stefan Heger   Mastering
Matthew John   Producer
Soccorro   Vocal Arrangements
Boo Mitchell   Engineer
Ricky Ojijo   Engineer
Patrice Bart-Williams   Producer
Zdany Chisholm   Horn Arrangements
Oliver Greene   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Williams   Horn Arrangements
Matt Karmill   Engineer
Alvin "Vthov" Giles   Arranger
Timothy Clark   Arranger
Jeffrey Gaines   Arranger

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