Love IS

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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+]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Hickory Records
  • UPC: 813453010058
  • Catalog Number: 301005
  • Sales rank: 78,731

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruben Studdard Primary Artist
Skip Anderson Keyboards
Mark Blair Guitar
Russ Pahl Musician
Jonathan Yudkin Musician
Taj Jackson Background Vocals
Phil Hamilton Guitar
Nat Adderley Jr. Piano
Michael Rojas Musician
John D. Willis Musician
Gregory Bufford Percussion
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Tor Erik Hermansen Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Jackson Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Kris Kristofferson Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Larry Addison Composer
Nuno Bettencourt Composer
Gary Cherone Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Jimmy Jam Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
Chris Stone Engineer
Stan Wallace Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Susaye Greene Composer
Nat Adderley Jr. Producer
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Bill Luther Composer
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Steven "Boogie" Brown drum programming, Percussion Programming
Ruben Studdard Composer
Martin K. Producer, Instrumentation
Fred Croshal Marketing
Tremaine "Six7" Williams Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Deborah Radel Publicity
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
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