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Last Train to Paris
     

Last Train to Paris

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by Diddy
 

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You can come at Diddy's 2010 effort from so many angles -- it's a concept album about heartbreak, it introduces the two-woman group Dirty Money, it's a house music album, his rapping is always up for debate, etc. -- that it's hard to pick just one, but to call Last Train to Paris a departure is not just a pun; it ignores the

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You can come at Diddy's 2010 effort from so many angles -- it's a concept album about heartbreak, it introduces the two-woman group Dirty Money, it's a house music album, his rapping is always up for debate, etc. -- that it's hard to pick just one, but to call Last Train to Paris a departure is not just a pun; it ignores the future-pop side of his 2006 effort Press Play and that "Jack U" single he did with dance producer Felix da Housecat. Take those releases into consideration -- and that Diddy is more a slick ringleader than competition-challenging rapper -- and this heavily European-influenced effort is the natural payoff with only the concept and the group left as surprises. Both are just window dressing, as the concept is more of a theme while Dirty Money -- Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard -- come off as fine background singers or members of Diddy's Fashion Week posse. Still, this is one delicious dish as it mashes together Italo-disco, pop-rap, tech-house, and the sound of Bad Boy in its prime, with an all-star guest list that goes from T.I. to Grace Jones. King Combs adds his billionaire vision of the 808s & Heartbreak album to the mix, offering unforgivable lines like "Yeah when the lights fade/The lights they turn to grey/Bitch you don't love me no more," during the great "Strobe Lights," which sounds like Diddy and Lil Wayne hanging at the interstellar disco. Big names like Usher ("Looking for Love") and Swizz Beatz ("Ass on the Floor") earn their big paychecks and then some, while elsewhere, Diddy goes skeletal creeping through a brokenhearted landscape on "Someone to Love Me" with nothing but a stark Stax sample and lyrics like "I can't even hold down food I'm so rude." No doubt, Diddy injects so much of his unfiltered self into the album that no hater can be swayed, but it's his unique attitude that makes Last Train such a delight. This hook-filled, vibrant effort is that rare heartbreak album that can speak on a lovelorn level and then put a little strut back in your step. In other words, Last Train to Paris doesn't just get the dirt off your shoulder; it fully presses your suit, sending you swaggering back into the wicked world of relationships in true style.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527403076
catalogNumber:
001438102
Rank:
83531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean "Puffy" Combs   Primary Artist
Eric Hudson   Keyboards
Mario Winans   Keyboards
LaShawn Daniels   Background Vocals
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Rico Love   Vocals
Dernst Emile   Guitar,Keyboards
Latoya Duggan   Background Vocals
Ben Defusco   Guitar
Diddy - Dirty Money   Vocals
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Musician
David "J-Maul" Johnson   Keyboards
Cassie Ventura   Background Vocals
Steve Styles   Bass
Jeffrey "J-Dub" Walker   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer
Ron Lawrence   Composer
Kevin McCall   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Nasheim Myrick   Composer
Jay-Z   Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Composer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Paul Foley   Engineer
Crystal Johnson   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Harve Pierre   Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Andrew Van Meter   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
7 Aurelius   Producer
Stephanie Hsu   Art Direction
Guy Gerber   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
James Lackey   Composer
Holly Brook   Composer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
DJ Leon Higgins   Cut
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Chris Brown   Composer
Rick Ross   Composer
Rico Love   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Wayne Carter   Composer
Seven Aurelius   Composer
Danja   Producer,Instrumentation
Wiz Khalifa   Composer
Steve "Rock Star" Dickey   Engineer
Matthew Testa   Engineer
Leroy Watson   Composer
Kevin "Kev-O" Wilson   Engineer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
DEEKAY   Producer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Dawn Richard   Composer
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Tim McEwan   Composer
LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels   Vocal Producer
Latoya Duggan   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
James "JLack" Lackey   Producer
Michael "Lo" Jones   Composer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Mike "Handz" Donaldson   Engineer
Nathaniel Hills   Composer
Jeremy Stevenson   Engineer
Polow da Don   Producer
Pat Viala   Engineer
Sly Jordan   Vocal Producer
Alja Jackson   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer,Engineer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Awesome Jones   Composer,Producer
Jermaine Cole   Composer
Dalya Taman   Art Direction
Zach Gurka   Engineer
Victoria McCants   Composer
Tyrone Johnson   keyboard arrangements
Stefan Johnson   Engineer
Kesia Hollins   Composer
Kalenna Vick   Composer
Jazmyn Michel   Composer
Indira Boodram   Composer
India Boodram   Composer
Hollywood Hotsauce   Composer,Producer
Full Circle   Composer
Don Trip   Composer

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