Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

4.6 9
by Carl Thomas
     
 

Fans have been waiting four long years to replace this smooth tenor's ballad-filled, pillow-talk debut from their bedroom nightstands. Not so fast; Let's Talk About It is a very different record from 2000's Emotional. It's more upbeat, slicker, and riskier. There are really two albums going on here: a moderate one that overcomes some workmanlikeSee more details below

Overview

Fans have been waiting four long years to replace this smooth tenor's ballad-filled, pillow-talk debut from their bedroom nightstands. Not so fast; Let's Talk About It is a very different record from 2000's Emotional. It's more upbeat, slicker, and riskier. There are really two albums going on here: a moderate one that overcomes some workmanlike production with naughty and clever lyrics, and a meandering one that's warm, personal, and visionary. "Rebound" is aching and cliché-free, "Make It Alright" is inspired and infectious, and the smart and sexy "The Baby Maker" ("I just want to thank you girl for allowing me to be myself in this bedroom tonight") are tracks that give the singer more personality than Emotional ever did. The four "interludes" are unfinished songs that give the album some deepness. Malik Yusef's cerebral love poem that ends with a Fantastic Four reference makes "Know It's Alright" the best interlude, but the other three also have bits of Thomas' wandering spirit shining through. When he's loose, this is a great album. Too bad there are a couple of commonplace numbers that break up the album's excitement, the worst being "A Promise." Producer Stevie J. miscasts Thomas as Luther at his happiest on the track, but he gives him lifeless background singers and a faceless beat. P. Diddy is at the controls for "She Is," an average track that's more about LL Cool J than Thomas. Diddy also disrupts the intimate album with some Bad Boy Records announcements and the usual "sounds good/I like it." Thomas' strong voice and sexy slither make these run-of-the-mill moments worth listening to, although the album would have been better off if the singer had total control. But with 16 tracks and only a couple fluff ones, it's easy to whittle this album down to a tight, totally Thomas listen.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Gail Mitchell
Whether being self-reflective ("Dreamer"), inspirational ("A Promise") or just plain groovin' ("The Baby Maker"), Thomas delivers on his quest to release "feel-good music."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0602498608593
catalogNumber:
11880

Tracks

  1. Let's Talk About It (Interlude)  - Carl Thomas
  2. Anything  - Carl Thomas
  3. My First Love  - Carl Thomas
  4. She Is  - Carl Thomas
  5. Know It's Alright (Interlude)  - Carl Thomas
  6. Make It Alright  - Carl Thomas
  7. The Baby Maker  - Carl Thomas
  8. Dreamer  - Carl Thomas
  9. A Promise  - Carl Thomas
  10. But Me  - Carl Thomas
  11. All You've Given  - Carl Thomas
  12. All My Love (Interlude)  - Carl Thomas
  13. Let Me Know  - Carl Thomas
  14. Rebound  - Carl Thomas
  15. That's What You Are (Interlude)  - Carl Thomas
  16. Work It Out  - Carl Thomas

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Thomas   Primary Artist
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Shannon Jones   Background Vocals
Jon B.   Keyboards
Malik Yusef   Spoken Word
Mike City   Background Vocals
Andre Harris   Guitar
Jack Knight   Background Vocals
Dave Young Orchestra   Vocals
Eric Walls   Guitar
Jermaine Mobley   Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

U2   Composer
Bono   Composer
S. Jordan   Composer
Rich Keller   Engineer
David Mingyue Liang   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Gene McFadden   Composer
Ed Raso   Engineer
Eddie Serrano   Composer
R. Simmons   Composer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Carl Thomas   Arranger,Composer,Producer
E.J. Harris   Composer
A. Harris   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer,Executive Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Producer
Stevie J.   Composer,Producer,Additional Music
Chris Athens   Mastering
Jessie Stewart   Engineer
Mike City   Producer
Andre Harris   Producer,Instrumentation
Milton Thornton   Producer
Eric Roberson   Producer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Harve Pierre   Composer,Associate Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Roger Che   Engineer
Jim Bottari   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
Vidal Davis   Producer,Instrumentation
S.T. Jones   Composer
Eric K. Sorensen   Digital Editing
V. Davis   Composer
Alexis Seton   Engineer
Ryan Leslie   Producer
Parris Bowens   Producer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Jeff Jones   Engineer

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