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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
As Jodeci's wise-cracking pretty boy, Dalvin DeGrate a.k.a Mr. Dalvin rapped on and produced many of the group's up-tempo songs, but lead singing duties were strictly a K-Ci and Jo-Jo Hailey family affair. With the release of his self-assured debut disc, however, DeGrate will quiet anyone who doubted his talent. On the prophetically titled MET.A.MOR.PHIC, DeGrate rebounds with a set of sexy, sentimental songs about love and its consequences. Most impressive are "Why Can't We," the danceable lead single produced by Stevie J.; the soulfully off-beat "Dangerous," written and produced by Dalvin's older brother DeVante; and DeGrate's ambitious cover of Def Leppard's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
As Jodeci's wise-cracking pretty boy, Dalvin DeGrate a.k.a Mr. Dalvin rapped on and produced many of the group's up-tempo songs, but lead singing duties were strictly a K-Ci and Jo-Jo Hailey family affair. With the release of his self-assured debut disc, however, DeGrate will quiet anyone who doubted his talent. On the prophetically titled MET.A.MOR.PHIC, DeGrate rebounds with a set of sexy, sentimental songs about love and its consequences. Most impressive are "Why Can't We," the danceable lead single produced by Stevie J.; the soulfully off-beat "Dangerous," written and produced by Dalvin's older brother DeVante; and DeGrate's ambitious cover of Def Leppard's hard-rock ballad "Love Bites." While most folks will be amazed that DeGrate can sing at all, it's even more surprising how well he does it. On the tender ballad "Long Day," DeGrate caresses each seductive verse with as much skill as fellow macksters Usher and Tyrese. Be warned: There's a new R&B star on the rise, and his name is Dalvin DeGrate.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The emergence of K-Ci & JoJo from Jodeci was a no-brainer, since the brothers were the main singers of the popular group. But Mr. Dalvin, Jodeci's resident rapper, was a less-sure bet for solo stardom, and a long five years have passed before his emergence under his real name, Dalvin DeGrate. Met.A.Mor.Phic indicates by its title that DeGrate has undergone a transformation, and he is now presenting himself as a singer, though on the album's opening track, "I Got That," as he declares, "It's time to get mine" and berates his female listener for doubting that he'll "sell a mill," he still sounds like a rapper at heart. He also reveals an affection for R&B singers of an earlier generation, borrowing song titles "Dangerous" and "'Til You Get Enough" from Michael Jackson, and "Scandalous" from Prince. But he has a rough singing voice that sometimes disappears into the rhythmic instrumentation and prominent background singing. The best cuts are those written and produced by Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson, ballads that trade on the singer's sex appeal in interesting ways. On "Long Day," DeGrate invites an overworked girlfriend over, but he is less than an assured lover; After offering to lick champagne off her, he notes, "It'll be better than the other night." Such deviations from formula, along with a surprising cover of Def Leppard's "Love Bites" mark DeGrate as potentially an at least slightly different figure in the ranks of young male R&B singers. But he will have to improve on his debut to fulfill that potential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624762522
  • Catalog Number: 47625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Got That (3:42)
  2. 2 Why Can't We (4:28)
  3. 3 Dangerous (3:14)
  4. 4 She Wanted (4:02)
  5. 5 Soft & Wet (Interlude) (0:36)
  6. 6 Long Day (4:40)
  7. 7 More Than Friends (4:54)
  8. 8 Not My Girl (3:54)
  9. 9 Scandalous (4:32)
  10. 10 'Til U Get Enough (3:30)
  11. 11 I Can't Help It (4:53)
  12. 12 Love Bites (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dalvin DeGrate Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Primary Artist
Mike Jordan Bass, Guitar
Tim Kelley Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bob Robinson Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Kevin Scott Bass, Guitar
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Stevie J. Background Vocals
Mike Mason Piano, Strings
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Kevin Scott Bass, Guitar
Kim Jefferson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony Black Engineer, Engineering
Rob Chiarelli Engineer, Engineering
Tim Kelley Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Bob Robinson Arranger, Programming, Producer
Thom Russo Engineering
Kevin Scott Producer
DeVante Swing Producer
Cassandra Mills Executive Producer, Art Direction
Dalvin DeGrate Producer, Executive Producer
Stevie J. Producer
Vernon Mungo Assistant Recording Consultant
Skip Engineering
Brian Smith Engineer, Engineering
Tim & Bob Producer
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