Love IS

Love IS

by Ruben Studdard
     
 

Ruben Studdard's career has been a study in course corrections, with each album acting as an answer to what preceded it. Love IS is a reaction to the heavy seduction of The Return, scaling back the seductive Luther Vandross vibe -- something Studdard's couldn't really pull off in the first…  See more details below

Overview

Ruben Studdard's career has been a study in course corrections, with each album acting as an answer to what preceded it. Love IS is a reaction to the heavy seduction of The Return, scaling back the seductive Luther Vandross vibe -- something Studdard's couldn't really pull off in the first place -- and playing up Ruben's cuddly qualities. These are songs of longtime relationships, not new love, and the music is appropriately settled, grounded in quiet storm but drifting into adult contemporary via covers of Extreme's "More Than Words" and the Beatles' "Long and Winding Road," all of which helps give the album a bit of a retro-vibe; really only the stuttering rhythms of "Don't Make Em" make it seem like it could fit onto the contemporary R&B charts. This could be called resignation, but it's really an acceptance of what Ruben Studdard's peculiar strengths are: he's a smooth soul singer constitutionally incapable of suggesting anything racier than a tight snuggle, so it's best to keep him warm and huggable, as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis do here. Not that Love IS is perfect -- it's so relaxed it can sometimes be sleepy and Ruben's upper register, which he relies upon too much, can sometimes seem whiny -- but as a whole this is the best recorded representation of Ruben's talents to date.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
The bear-huggable American Idol champ is in predictably fine voice on his fourth studio set, Love Is, a romance-themed mix of crafty originals and sturdy covers. [B+]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Hickory Records
UPC:
0813453010058
catalogNumber:
301005
Rank:
44829

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruben Studdard   Primary Artist
John H. Jackson   Various
John Anderson   Keyboards
Skip Anderson   Keyboards
Mark Blair   Guitar
Francisco Centeno   Bass Guitar
Russ Pahl   Musician
Jonathan Yudkin   Musician
Taj Jackson   Background Vocals
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Nat Adderley   Piano
Michael Rojas   Musician
John D. Willis   Musician
Gregory Bufford   Percussion
Steven "Boogie" Brown   Drums
Tor Erik Hermanson   Various
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Various
Syience   Horn,fender rhodes
Tor Erik Hermansen   Background Vocals
Zach Kale   Horn
Martin Kleveland   Various
Eric Dubose   Guitar
Dayvd Houston   Drums
Lil' Man   Guitar

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
John Anderson   Programming
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Larry Addison   Composer
Nuno Bettencourt   Composer
Gary Cherone   Composer
Ricky Crespo   Programming
Barry Dean   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Teddy Riley   Audio Production
Chris Stone   Engineer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Taj Jackson   Composer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Nat Adderley   Producer,Audio Production
Vernon Mungo   Engineer,Audio Production
Stargate   Audio Production
Bill Luther   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Audio Production
Brian Porizek   Art Direction
Steven "Boogie" Brown   drum programming,Percussion Programming
Tor Erik Hermanson   Composer
Ruben Studdard   Composer
Martin K.   Producer,Instrumentation
PJ Morton   Composer
Fred Croshal   Marketing
Tremaine "Six7" Williams   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Syience   Arranger,Audio Production
Deborah Radel   Publicity
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Martin Kleveland   Composer,Audio Production
Juke Box   Programming
Getayveus Ealey   Composer
Lars H. Jensen   Composer
R. Perry   Composer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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