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Love Crimes
     

Love Crimes

by Ruff Endz
 
Following in the chart-busting footsteps of Dru Hill, Baltimore-bred duo Ruff Endz are trying to make a name for themselves with their ballad-heavy debut, Love Crimes. Borrowing heavily from the gospel-edged sound of K-Ci and Jo Jo, Ruff Endz's fluid tenor, David "Davinch" Chance, and raspy baritone, Dante "Chi" Jordan, work overtime

Overview

Following in the chart-busting footsteps of Dru Hill, Baltimore-bred duo Ruff Endz are trying to make a name for themselves with their ballad-heavy debut, Love Crimes. Borrowing heavily from the gospel-edged sound of K-Ci and Jo Jo, Ruff Endz's fluid tenor, David "Davinch" Chance, and raspy baritone, Dante "Chi" Jordan, work overtime to fill the lover man shoes of the former Jodeci frontmen. Out of the disc's 12 songs, nine are ballads. One of the few up-tempo tracks, the break-through lead single, "No More," has a danceable beat and a catchy, gold-digger bashing chorus ("No more shopping sprees/No more VIP/No more dough/We can't even kick it no more"). With its wistful instrumentation, the flowing ballad "The World to Me" is the album's most pop-tinged track, while the more street-credible "Phone Sex" includes rough-hewn shout-outs to get "dirty, dirty, rowdy, rowdy" over the droning sound of a busy telephone signal. Showing that members of Baltimore's growing talent pool like to keep it all in the family, Dru Hill's Nokio produced the percussion-driven, mid-tempo track "Please Don't Forget About Me," which was originally featured on the Blue Streak soundtrack. Although they don't stray far from the beg-and-moan formula we've come to expect from contemporary R&B artists such as Jagged Edge, Ideal, and Next, Ruff Endz are skilled enough to win the hearts of fans who like their R&B a little ruff around the edges. Marlynn Snyder

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As "No More," Rough Endz's debut single, kept rising on the R&B/hip-hop charts during the summer of 2000, Epic Records kept delaying the release of Love Crimes, their first album, finally issuing it the same week that "No More" hit number one. The Baltimore-based duo employs a sweet-and-sour dichotomy typical of soul teams dating back to Sam & Dave and as recent as K-Ci & JoJo, with David "Davinch" Chance's smooth tenor contrasted by Dante "Chi" Jordan's gruff baritone. Of course, Rough Endz are closer to the latter predecessors than the former, much closer, in fact. Musically, this is formula contemporary R&B: the tempos are mostly slow, the beats pronounced, and the songs are either expressions of idealized love or romantic dismissals based on infidelity. (In this context, even Diane Warren's "If I Was the One," a typically hackneyed tale of a best friend's lust, seems original.) The choruses are lengthy and carried by a high-pitched vocal group as the lead singers improvise expressively. After a couple of verses and a bridge, each track contains an extended out-chorus section. What matters, of course, is the singers' emoting, and Chance and Jordan know all the necessary vocal tricks to make these lover-man jams work. It's too bad they have gone for street credibility by injecting the occasional obscenity and "N" word when such language is gratuitous on this kind of record. Oddly, those same words have been dropped out in the rap version of "No More," entitled "Cuban Linx 2000" and featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, that ends the disc. Love Crimes demonstrates that the two singers who make up Ruff Endz have soulful vocal chops; next time it would be nice if their material were less contrived, but in a genre as circumscribed as contemporary R&B, that may be asking a lot.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646971925
catalogNumber:
69719

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Performance Credits

Ruff Endz   Primary Artist
James Harrah   Guitar
Guy Roche   Keyboards
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Ghostface Killah   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kip Collins   Producer
Brian Cox   Producer
Michael Cox   Producer
Khris Kellow   Producer
Mario Lucy   Engineer
Oji Pierce   Producer
Leland Robinson   Producer
Guy Roche   Producer,drum programming
Manuel Seal   Producer
Moana Suchard   Engineer
Charles Harrison   Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Stretch Armstrong   Producer
Nate Love   Producer

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