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Mr. Brown
     

Mr. Brown

by Sleepy Brown
 

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Singer, keyboardist, and producer Sleepy Brown has had many outlets throughout the past 15 years. One-third of the long-running and accomplished Organized Noize production crew (OutKast, Goodie Mob, TLC), he has been central to a number of short-lived and one-off

Overview

Singer, keyboardist, and producer Sleepy Brown has had many outlets throughout the past 15 years. One-third of the long-running and accomplished Organized Noize production crew (OutKast, Goodie Mob, TLC), he has been central to a number of short-lived and one-off projects -- including Society of Soul, Sleepy's Theme, and Dungeon Family -- and became more visible than ever when OutKast's "The Way You Move," featuring his hypnotizing voice on the hook, escalated to the top of just about every singles chart in 2004. However, he has run into some walls when attempting to go on his own: a solo album for DreamWorks was shelved during a shake-up with Interscope, and even if it had been released on time, it would've seemed a couple years late. With "Can't Wait," from 2004's Barbershop 2 soundtrack, he finally attained a solo hit, but most people continue to associate the song with OutKast since it involved both Big Boi and André 3000. Mr. Brown, his first full-fledged solo work, is unsurprisingly framed around his laid-back persona, a mixture of a lechery-prone Curtis Mayfield and I Want You-era Marvin Gaye with the imagery of Hot Buttered Soul-era Isaac Hayes. The frustrating thing? When Brown's space becomes crowded with guests -- as on "Margarita," with Pharrell and Big Boi -- one wishes he'd kick them out and do his thing. And, during the extended patches where his voice is the only one heard, something seems missing. Brown has everything required to play the role of the consummate solo artist, yet it's possible that he's so accustomed to collaborating and feeding off the energy of others that he can't quite fully deliver. Even so, most of the album is enjoyable and worthy of relaxed, party-enhancing replays. Given Brown's talents, it could have been much more. Hopefully a smart label will grant him two or three more shots at making the kind of album that lives up to the greatness of his collaborative output. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0094637425626
catalogNumber:
74256

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy Brown   Primary Artist,Horn,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Preston Crump   Bass
Joi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Kendricks   Piano
Dave Robbins   Keyboards
Jimmy Brown   Horn
Tony Reyes   Bass,Guitar
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
South Central Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Mike Hartnett   Bass,Guitar
Ray Murray   Bass
Samuel Christian   Background Vocals
Tim Izo   Flute,Saxophone
Tony Towerz   Background Vocals
Gloria Justen   Violin
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Charles Veal   Orchestral Arrangements
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Charnessa Jones   Engineer
Organized Noize   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Neil Pogue   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
P. Brown   Composer
Tatiana Litvin   Management
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Ray Murray   Engineer
Sleepy Brown   Programming,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Malik Albert   Engineer
Raymond Campbell   Engineer
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer,Piano Engineer
Tony Towerz   Vocal Arrangements
Antwan "Big Boi" Patton   Executive Producer

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