Love and Life

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
LaToya London had a real good girl image while she was a finalist during the third season of American Idol. She was always perceived as strong, matronly, poised, and collected. At the time, she was married and had two stepchildren. Shortly after her fourth place finish on the show, she separated from her husband and her good girl image, as evidence on her debut album Love and Life on Peak Records. As expected, London still sounds amazing. Her vocals were consistently the strongest during her run on the show, and the album's vocals are no exceptions. Every power note is delivered with conviction, and every smooth, soft sound is crooned flawlessly. The only concern with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
LaToya London had a real good girl image while she was a finalist during the third season of American Idol. She was always perceived as strong, matronly, poised, and collected. At the time, she was married and had two stepchildren. Shortly after her fourth place finish on the show, she separated from her husband and her good girl image, as evidence on her debut album Love and Life on Peak Records. As expected, London still sounds amazing. Her vocals were consistently the strongest during her run on the show, and the album's vocals are no exceptions. Every power note is delivered with conviction, and every smooth, soft sound is crooned flawlessly. The only concern with the album is more the content itself. It borders on X-rated at points. Lines in "Waiting for You" and "Practice Makes Perfect" contain lyrics that are too inappropriate to even publish. In addition, the central focus of this album is sex. For a woman who made her fame on a family show, this style choice seems really risky. However, the impressive team of producers that London has chosen to work with have made a really smooth album that falls somewhere between an Ashanti release and a Jill Scott piece. London has a strong collection of hits that would appeal to different branches of the R&B/soul market. The lead single, "Appreciate" is a power single, complete with terrifically catchy beats, and a well placed rap by Black Thought from the Roots. The ballad portion of the album, especially considering London's decision to sing ballads continuously during the show, is rather paltry. What's really unfortunate is that the ballads are strong and impressive. "State of My Heart" is a poignant piece where London has never sounded better, even more so than on the show. Unfortunately, she has simply made some mistakes as an artist. By taking a sexually charged approach to R&B, she has lost many of the fans who supported her along the way, and her songwriting skills are not strong. London has co-written four tracks on the album, but they are four of the weaker tracks here. The highlight of the album comes right at the end, with "All by Myself," the Celine Dion ballad that first garnered attention for London. Perhaps this should send a message to London, that trying something different isn't always the way to go. In the very least, she sounds nice singing the inappropriate material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 013431852926
  • Catalog Number: 8529
  • Sales rank: 251,263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scandalous (4:18)
  2. 2 Every Part of Me (3:26)
  3. 3 Learn to Breathe (4:20)
  4. 4 Appreciate (3:41)
  5. 5 State of My Heart (4:42)
  6. 6 Practice Makes Perfect (3:25)
  7. 7 Meet Me Halfway (4:01)
  8. 8 Waiting for You (4:55)
  9. 9 Anything (5:19)
  10. 10 Non a Whatcha Do (4:15)
  11. 11 I Can't Hide (What's in My Heart) (4:07)
  12. 12 More (4:14)
  13. 13 How I Love the Rain (5:09)
  14. 14 All by Myself (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Latoya London Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil Bass, Guitar
Dwight Sills Guitar
Perri Background Vocals
Tony Lindsey Background Vocals
Sekou Bunch Bass
Nikita Germaine Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Ray Bardani Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion
Barry J. Eastmond Percussion, Keyboards
Ray Fuller Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Horn
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Ricky Lawson Drums
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Rex Rideout Drums, Keyboards
Ira Siegel Guitar
Reed Vertelney Keyboards
Michael White Drums
Michael White Drums
Lori Perri Background Vocals
Phil Hamilton Guitar
Black Thought Rap
Victor Vanacore Strings, Synthesizer Strings
Cedricke Dennis Guitar
Dionyza Sutton Background Vocals
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Frank Gayer Martin Organ, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Ray Lawson Drums
Marquinho Brazil Percussion
Michael Herring Guitar
Technical Credits
Eric Carmen Composer
Robbie Nevil Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Aleese Simmons Composer, Vocal Producer
John Burk Producer, Audio Production
Barry J. Eastmond Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Matthew Gerrard Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Ken Hirsch Composer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jim Reitzel Engineer
Rex Rideout Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Philippe Saisse Engineer, Synthesizer Arrangements, Basic Track
Deborah Thomas Composer
Reed Vertelney Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Michael White Engineer
Philip White Composer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Lori Perri Vocal Arrangements
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Andi Howard Producer, Executive Producer
Bradley Spalter Composer
Eric Roberson Vocal Arrangements
Tiffany Palmer Composer
Victor Vanacore Engineer, String Arrangements
The Stereo Programming, Audio Production
Blake English Engineer
Andrew Leavitt Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Ryan Moys Engineer
Peer Astrom Composer
Omar Edwards Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Latoya London Composer
Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson Composer, Programming, Producer
Carlos Ricketts Composer
Phil Scott Composer
Reed Vartelney drum programming
B-Rad Audio Production
Russ Freeman Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LONDON ATTACKS!!!

    Folks, this is really a good + CD. I don't make a habit of writing reviews, but this cd is so refreshing and smooth that I had to share the news. Latoya delivers the goods on this one! If you like the classics like Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, or even Toni Braxton, you'll love this CD. I understand why APPRECIATE was the 1st single to be released, but, there are so many other hot tracks here to choose from. My favorites are ANYTHING (so so hot) and EVERY PART OF ME (getting a lot of air time in DC). All R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop lovers will "appreciate" this CD. This is one of the top 5 for 05!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star is Born

    i will have to say WOW on this cd Latoya did not disapoint at all with this . as i have said before she is better on the ballads as opposed to the upbeat jam'n songs . but she does alright with them . overall i would say the best songs are all ballads and they include "LEARN TO BREATH","STATE OF MY HEART ","WAITING FOR YOU ","HOW I LOVE THE RAIN " and the song that started it for her on idol "ALL BY MYSELF ". her singles "APPRECIATE"and "EVERY PART OF ME " are good as well and included as well on the cd. also PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is a nice pop sounding song that is really good as well. there are really no songs that are bad though "ANYTHING " and "NON A WHATCHA DO " are probably my least favorite on the cd . "ANYTHING a somewhat sensious,sultery song and "NON A WHATCHA DO "is somewhat of a dance jam. but overall Latoya has put out a beautiful cd which showcases her beautiful soulful voice and shows us a real talent finally

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hope to Hear More!!

    I thought she had a wonderful voice when I saw her on Idol and I'm really happy to see her growing with this CD. My favorite song is Waiting for You. I really like the ballad R&B songs the best. Those show off her vocal range the best. There is no doubt this girl can sing!! I look forward to seeing more development with her music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CD Worth Waiting For !

    Love & Life is such a wonderful Album. There are so many nice songs....it's hard to select a favorite that's because there are that many great songs. La Toya you made me proud! Finally a CD one would never get tired or bored listening to and definitely worth buying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have cd

    Ms London vocals are crystal clear, finally an artist that I can understand what's being said. If you're in a relationship or about to start one this is a must have cd. I recommend buying at least two cd's. One for the car and home. This cd will definitely set the mood for discussions and other things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best CD of the Year!

    Latoya has taken a very interesting step with “Love & Life.” While the artists that originated this type of music (classic R&B) are trying and (for the great majority) FAILING at molding to the new styles of popular music, she brings us this traditionalistic DEBUT album. Only a true star can dare to revoke current trends in the music industry and go for real art and succeeed. Props to Latoya and her crew for that! The album is split between vocally intense ballads and radio-friendly jams. The former include "Learne to Breathe," the gospely "Waiting for You" and the Babyface reminiscent "I Can't Hide." The later include "Scandalous," "Appreciate," the slow and sultry "Meet Me Halfway," "Practice Makes Perfect." and the Destiny's Child-ish songs "Anything" and "Non a Watcha Do." IMO, the album's best two tracks are the soulful "State of My Heart" and the classic jazz ballad "How I Love the Rain."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love & Life

    This debut CD gives us validation of why we voted for LaToya every week. Her vocal skins never faulter and send goosebumps down my arms. She has the voice we dream of. My personal favorites are the ballads. LEARN TO BREATH, STATE OF MY HEART, ALL BY MYSELF, but I also enjoy the upbeat PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, EVERY PART OF ME and growing on me more and more with each listen..... "MORE". Now "NONE OF WHAT YOU DO" has a catchy hook, along with "APPRECIATE", This is one of those CD's that I can't pick a favorite because it's going to depend on what mood i'm in and on what day! Cheers to you LaToya!

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