Lust, Love & Lies: an Audio Novel

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Will Downing has been on a creative tear in the 21st century. Though he's released 14 albums in his 22-year career, he's issued eight of them since 2000. On his debut offering for Concord, Downing finalizes a project he's been working on for five years: a concept album. Lust, Love & Lies An Audio Novel is the most straightforward adult R&B recording of his career. With co-production by Downing, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and longtime collaborator Rex Rideout, the jazzy side is left behind on this date, and all of Downing's energies are concentrated on an upscale, smooth-as-silk, 20-track investigation of various states of attraction, indulgence, love, betrayal, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Will Downing has been on a creative tear in the 21st century. Though he's released 14 albums in his 22-year career, he's issued eight of them since 2000. On his debut offering for Concord, Downing finalizes a project he's been working on for five years: a concept album. Lust, Love & Lies An Audio Novel is the most straightforward adult R&B recording of his career. With co-production by Downing, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and longtime collaborator Rex Rideout, the jazzy side is left behind on this date, and all of Downing's energies are concentrated on an upscale, smooth-as-silk, 20-track investigation of various states of attraction, indulgence, love, betrayal, and romantic confusion with a host of players and vocalists. Among these tunes some brief, scattered spoken word interludes meant to serve as conversations actually add weight and heft to the plot, which is more complex than it might otherwise seem. While this is the most seamlessly focused record Downing's issued and taken as a whole is deeply satisfying, there are some standout cuts: the lithe, shimmeringly light funk on "Glad I Met You Tonight," the steamy babymaker "Consensual," the full-blown romantic soul of "Fly Higher," the heartbreaker "At This Moment," and the light club stepper "Coulda Been/Shoulda Been." The story is for the listener to decipher, but it does have an unexpected ending in the spoken word reprise of "Glad I Met You Tonight," entitled "Déjà Vu." From conception to production to sequencing to songwriting to performance, Lust, Love & Lies An Audio Novel is another watermark for Downing. That said, it will be interesting to see how longtime fans who have relied on his fence-walking talent between smooth soul and contemporary jazz will react to a strictly R&B album -- the guess is very favorably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072324633
  • Catalog Number: 32463
  • Sales rank: 38,600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glad I Met You Tonight (3:49)
  2. 2 Feelin' Alright (4:33)
  3. 3 Lust At First Sight (0:49)
  4. 4 Get To Know You (4:06)
  5. 5 Tell Me (4:00)
  6. 6 Consensual (4:01)
  7. 7 Safe In His Arms (4:18)
  8. 8 Put Yo Momma On the Phone (0:38)
  9. 9 Fly Higher (4:49)
  10. 10 Saturday (2:48)
  11. 11 Guess Who's Back (1:58)
  12. 12 Shades (4:25)
  13. 13 Extra! Extra! (1:03)
  14. 14 Libido Interuptus (0:53)
  15. 15 Do You Know (4:15)
  16. 16 You Do U (0:54)
  17. 17 At This Moment (4:41)
  18. 18 I Got You Back (0:31)
  19. 19 Coulda Been/Shoulda Been (4:05)
  20. 20 Déjà Vu (Glad I Met You Tonight) (1:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Downing Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Voices
Phil Davis Keyboards
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Randy Bowland Guitar
Carl Carter Bass
Melvin Davis Bass
Noel Goring Voices
Dave Hollister Vocals
Anthony Jackson Bass
Rex Rideout Keyboards, Voices
Mark Walker Bass
Michael White Drums
Jerry Brooks Bass
Darryl Dixon Alto Saxophone
David Watson Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Adam Blackstone Bass
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Keyboards
Audrey Wheeler Downing Background Vocals, Voices
Jonathan Arons Trombone
Freddie Hendrix Flugelhorn
Aja Downing Background Vocals
Michael Rippoll Guitar
Jason Morales Background Vocals
Herman "Peanut" Johnson Drums
Chops Horns Horn
Dyana Williams Voices, Spoken Word
Deacon Eric Williams Spoken Word
LaJuan Carter Dent Background Vocals
Kaz Wright Voices
Technical Credits
Will Downing Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Management
Phil Davis Engineer
Ray Bardani Engineer
Randy Bowland Composer, Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Rex Rideout Producer
Billy Vera Composer
Darryl Dixon Horn Arrangements
Manfred Knoop Engineer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Composer, Producer, Engineer
Caliph Gamble Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Tip Wyman Engineer
G. Taylor Composer
D. Hollister Composer
Manny Jimenez Engineer
Kyle Newport Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    Easy to listen and dance to!

    Will has a hit with this one. I was shocked at first to here the vocal "drama filled" interludes, but nonetheless, the tracks are nice. I particularly like Glad I Met You Tonight; Feelin' Alright; Get To Know You; and Coulda Been;Shoulda Been. I like music I can drive to, clean to, DANCE to especially Stppin', and then just relax to---this is it!

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