Lyfe 268-192

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Opening with an intro and going right into a talky interlude, you just know Lyfe 268-192 is a heavy-with-message, ambitious album that's going to flirt with ponderous disaster. Quit worrying, because what Lyfe Jennings has to say is worth hearing, well presented for the most part, and you only have to excuse some overeagerness. The biggest problem with this smooth, thinking singer's debut is that there's no prologue or "hey, how ya doing?" Instead, Jennings vividly pours out his troubles with little background, assuming you're down. A couple listens later and you'll get him, but few debuts are this wandering and deep from the get-go. What makes it worth it is Jennings' ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Opening with an intro and going right into a talky interlude, you just know Lyfe 268-192 is a heavy-with-message, ambitious album that's going to flirt with ponderous disaster. Quit worrying, because what Lyfe Jennings has to say is worth hearing, well presented for the most part, and you only have to excuse some overeagerness. The biggest problem with this smooth, thinking singer's debut is that there's no prologue or "hey, how ya doing?" Instead, Jennings vividly pours out his troubles with little background, assuming you're down. A couple listens later and you'll get him, but few debuts are this wandering and deep from the get-go. What makes it worth it is Jennings' honest, poignant, and warm writing, empowering at times and occasionally heartbreaking. "Made Up My Mind," "She's Got Kids," and "Must Be Nice" all display the kind of Gil Scott-Heron realism meets D'Angelo smokiness and Bilal soul-searching that had Jennings take the amateur title five times at the Apollo, but "Greedy" is the album's centerpiece. It's only one side of what is a most definitely a complicated story, but "Greedy"'s tale of being chased by the cops for child support is a chilling can of worms few artists could open so confidently. The metaphor-free track is a stark portrayal of "this crazy, lazy lady" who is using a baby for revenge, and when Jennings sings about his friends dismissing him as a worrywart, it captures with crystal clarity the isolation that so many experience when confronting a crisis. A couple tracks refuse to get to the point and too much narration gives sections of the album the repeat listening appeal of an audio book. It could have been tighter and more approachable, but few debuts hold this much promise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969094624
  • Catalog Number: 90946
  • Sales rank: 16,756

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:05)
  2. 2 Interlude (0:14)
  3. 3 Must Be Nice (3:53)
  4. 4 The Way I Feel About You (3:33)
  5. 5 She Got Kids (4:05)
  6. 6 I Can't (3:57)
  7. 7 Hypothetically - Erin (3:45)
  8. 8 Smile (4:06)
  9. 9 Greedy (3:21)
  10. 10 Stick Up Kid (4:09)
  11. 11 Cry (4:11)
  12. 12 26 Years, 17 Days (4:11)
  13. 13 Made Up My Mind (3:30)
  14. 14 My Life (4:25)
  15. 15 Let's Do This Right (9:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyfe Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar
Joy Bounds Voices
Taurus Kinch Guitar
Erin Track Performer
Technical Credits
Eugene Lambchops Curry Composer
Rich Keller Engineer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Walter Sigler Composer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
James Cruz Mastering
Dylan Ely Engineer
Rhemario Webber Producer, Engineer
Lyfe Jennings Producer, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    got to get it

    this is the best album i've heard in a long time.its one of those cds that you can let play from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I feel his story

    Lyfe tells a story in all of his songs. I was really feelin this whole cd. I listen to this cd at least once a day. If you don't have it....You have to get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Going Places

    I truly think that this artist is going places. His words touched me. And I feel that the album is worth buying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PLEASE GET THIS ALBUM IT IS HOT !!!!!!!

    Yo I don't even listen to full cds but when it comes to this I love the whole thing every song on here is hot I got all my friends listenig to this cd when I was on a trip to tennessee from Charleston we were fighting bout what cd to play i told them to put on this cd and we listen to this whole thing going there and coming back this cd is RAW he is like a young version of D'Angelo another song he has out is called "I Know what you want" he has lil Flip gameover beat and him at the end but's like he took over the song it is hot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Muscians Must Have CD!!!!

    Lyrical abyss he is- listen to Lyfe cry and become one with him you can't help but too - He's eclectic and draws you into his world. GREAT ARTIST LIKE LYFE ARE HARD TO FIND!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful Music

    This new artist is da' bomb!!! I am excited about him and would love to see his career go further. It's one of those CD's in which it can play all the way through and not just certain cuts'. You all need to cop this disc fo' real. Cry and My Life happens to be my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST EVER!!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE GET THIS CD IT IS THE BEST I'VE HEARD IN AWHILE. IT WORTH EVERY PENNY. I LOVE EVERY SONG ON THIS CD IT'S REAL AND HIS VOICE IS UNIQUE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best cd's I have EVER heard!!!

    Everybody talks about seeing him on Apollo, I didn't see him. I got this cd because of his video "Stick Up Kid" that plays on BET sometimes. This cd tells a lot stories that he has experienced and you can experience it with throughout the cd. Lyfe and Anthony Hamilton are shutting the male R&B artists down right. Both have that same gritty sound that makes the you feel all of their emotions. I can't even pick what my favorite songs are because I love them all. I've had the cd for 2 weeks and haven't been able to stop listening to it since I got. Please get this cd and support him.

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