Mr. Brown [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
  • EAN: 4988006846913
  • Catalog Number: 66623
  • Sales rank: 311,495

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sleepy Brown Primary Artist, Horn, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Preston Crump Bass
Kevin Kendricks Piano
Dave Robbins Keyboards
Shorty B. Bass
Jimmy Brown Horn
Tony Reyes Bass, Guitar
Joi Gilliam Vocals, Background Vocals
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Brandon Bennett Background Vocals
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Mike Hartnett Bass, Guitar
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman Piano
Ray Murray Bass
Samuel Christian Background Vocals
Tim Izo Flute, Saxophone
Gloria Justin Violin
Peaches Vocals
Tony Towerz Background Vocals
Charles Parker Violin
Keith Harris Electric Bass, Drums
Technical Credits
Charles Veal Orchestral Arrangements
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
J.B. Freeman Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Charnessa Jones Engineer
Organized Noize Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Neil Pogue Engineer
Sean Davis Engineer
Brandon Bennett Vocal Arrangements
Edward Taylor Art Direction
Brian Garten Engineer
Antwan Patton Executive Producer
P. Brown Composer
Tatiana Litvin Management
The Neptunes Producer
Carl Mo Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Printz Board Producer, Engineer
Dylan Dresdow Engineer
Ray Murray Engineer
K. Harris Composer
Sleepy Brown Programming, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Malik Albert Engineer
Raymond Campbell Engineer
B. Bennett Composer
Jason Villaroman Engineer
Vincent Alexander Engineer
Chris Carmouche Engineer, Piano Engineer
Antwon Patton Executive Producer
Tony Towerz Vocal Arrangements
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