Love Me Back

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
One of the fears Jazmine Sullivan expressed near the end of her debut was that of being dropped by her label. Three remarkably distinctive Hot 100 singles, gold album sales, and five Grammy nominations later, the singer/songwriter's safety was ensured. Thankfully, the J label isn't merely keeping Sullivan around but allowing her to remain her creative, imaginative self. Odds are that no other major-label R&B singer would be allowed to record a song like "Redemption," in which Sullivan raps cold-eyed in the first person as a female crack addict and as a male woman-beater while breaking up the tales with a fraught gospel chorus. None of Sullivan's contemporaries could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
One of the fears Jazmine Sullivan expressed near the end of her debut was that of being dropped by her label. Three remarkably distinctive Hot 100 singles, gold album sales, and five Grammy nominations later, the singer/songwriter's safety was ensured. Thankfully, the J label isn't merely keeping Sullivan around but allowing her to remain her creative, imaginative self. Odds are that no other major-label R&B singer would be allowed to record a song like "Redemption," in which Sullivan raps cold-eyed in the first person as a female crack addict and as a male woman-beater while breaking up the tales with a fraught gospel chorus. None of Sullivan's contemporaries could possibly pull off "Stuttering" -- a gimmicky but palpable piano-led ballad conveying anxiety over a romantic interest -- without sounding like clumsy comedy. Love Me Back is, by no means, strictly experiments. Those who dug Fearless' throwback soul have plenty to soak up. The Missy-produced, Manhattans-sampling "Excuse Me" is Sullivan's most gorgeous in-love song yet, while the scorned-lover "10 Seconds" makes the ultimate case for her frequent in-the-red mode, which always serves the song; when you're bugging out, "throwing and breaking shit," and threatening to get your mom and cousins involved, there's no sense in trying to be the least bit restrained or cool about it. And then, just a couple songs later, perhaps as a way to prove that she can pull back, she adds the meringue to the impeccable synthetic pop-funk of "Don't Make Me Wait" like it's nothing, mentioning Vanity 6 in the hook as she lures a one-night stand. After factoring in the fictitious post-breakup duet with Ne-Yo (which is more like a verbal joust), the self-flagellating "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" (a collision of oft-used samples and references that does not sound the least bit tired), and the nakedly ambitious "Famous" (where she yearns for girls to want to be like her), it becomes increasingly clear that Love Me Back sprawls and stuns in equal measure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886977535727
  • Catalog Number: 775357
  • Sales rank: 43,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles) (3:36)
  2. 2 10 Seconds (3:07)
  3. 3 Good Enough (4:02)
  4. 4 Don't Make Me Wait (3:29)
  5. 5 Love You Long Time (3:12)
  6. 6 Redemption (3:51)
  7. 7 Excuse Me (3:33)
  8. 8 U Get On My Nerves (3:53)
  9. 9 Stuttering (3:10)
  10. 10 Famous (4:43)
  11. 11 Luv Back (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jazmine Sullivan Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Vincent Henry Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, wah wah guitar
Salaam Remi Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, fender rhodes
?uestlove Drums
Kevin Randolph Keyboards
Toby Gad Piano
Ne-Yo Background Vocals
Davide Rossi Strings, Violin, Cello, Viola
Steve Wyreman Guitar
Los DaMystro Conductor
Calvin Parmer Bass
Harold Robinson Bass
Jesse Bonds Guitar
DJ Showoff Vocals
StayBent KrunkaDelic Keyboards
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Evie Sands Composer
Samuel Barnes Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer
Douglas Davis Composer
Carlos McKinney Composer
Salaam Remi Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Ricky Walters Composer
Ernest Wilson Composer
Craig Brockman Composer
Anthony Bell Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
William Miller Composer
Lamb Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Missy Elliott Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Dave Atkinson Composer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
?uestlove Engineer
Richard Germinaro Composer
Inga Marchand Composer
Kevin Randolph Composer
Arlene DelValle Composer
Roy Hammond Composer
Peter Edge Producer
Anita Marisa Boriboon Art Direction
Trevor Jerideau Producer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Cory McKay Composer
Jazmine Sullivan Composer, Producer
Toby Gad Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve McKie Composer
Ne-Yo Producer, Duet
Bei Maejor Producer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Andros Rodriguez Engineer
Christian Baker Engineer
Prolyfic Additional Production
Anthony Cruz Composer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla Engineer
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Producer
Davide Rossi String Arrangements
Scott Naughton Engineer
Chuck Harmony Producer
Geno Regist Engineer
Brandon Parks Engineer
Ricky Blaze Producer, drum programming
Rebel One Management
Los DaMystro Producer
Sean Combs Composer
No-ID Producer
Charles Harmon Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Cainon Lamb Composer
Anthony "Rocky" Gallo Engineer
Gilbert Askey Composer
Brandon Green Composer
Benjamin Weisman Composer
Jean Claude Olivier Composer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson Engineer
Nasir Jones Composer
Cary Clark Engineer
Pam Sullivan Management
Sam Wheat Engineer
Rick Frederick Engineer
David Ewing Composer
Quame Riley Composer
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