Ms. Kelly [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Even the best of artists make mistakes. Such is the case for Kelly Rowland, whose second release, Ms. Kelly, was not what many fans expected. In hopes of creating a dancefloor ready, hot and spicy R&B album, Rowland dropped a tepid release of middling midtempo beats splattered with a couple of strong dance tracks. Therefore, when news of a reissue of the album first began, many fans were left wondering why. Low and behold, the "Deluxe Edition" of Ms. Kelly is nearly a whole new album in its entirety, with only a few tracks left intact from the original release. Of the 13 tracks on this deluxe reissue, only five are from the original album, including the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Even the best of artists make mistakes. Such is the case for Kelly Rowland, whose second release, Ms. Kelly, was not what many fans expected. In hopes of creating a dancefloor ready, hot and spicy R&B album, Rowland dropped a tepid release of middling midtempo beats splattered with a couple of strong dance tracks. Therefore, when news of a reissue of the album first began, many fans were left wondering why. Low and behold, the "Deluxe Edition" of Ms. Kelly is nearly a whole new album in its entirety, with only a few tracks left intact from the original release. Of the 13 tracks on this deluxe reissue, only five are from the original album, including the collaboration with Eve, while the album's original lead single, "Like This," is one of the few tracks that survived the overhaul. Other singles such as "Ghetto" and "Comeback" are scrapped though "Comeback" is replaced with a dance remix of the same song. Left over are steamy songs such as "This Is Love" and "Every Thought Is You." Recent singles that weren't on the original release but are now included are "Daylight," a breezy, sunny dance track featuring Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and the Freemasons remix of a Ms. Kelly track entitled "Work." The two popping pieces are Rowland at her peak, and the latter in the remix form is one of Rowland's most successful tracks globally, and her strongest pop recording to date. Included on this release are four other new tracks: "Broken," "Unity," "No Man No Cry," and "Love Again," all of which are slowed down, thick jams which speak of heartache and desire. On this album, the slow tunes are plentiful, however where on the first album they seemed like sloppy, watered down tunes; on the deluxe edition, the sounds are split between well-crafted R&B hits and strong adult contemporary songs specifically "Unity," where Rowland reveals how strong a vocalist and artist she is, even if the music isn't straight-up rhythm & blues. What's cool about this second sophomore release is that because the dance tracks are so strong Rowland handpicked the best of the remixes and original numbers off her former release in addition to "Daylight," creating a super selection of dance beats, when combined with the slower jams like "Love Again," a piano ballad where Rowland sparkles, the overall feel of the album is much tighter, much stronger, and holds more impact for the listener. There are only a couple of weak links, the re-release is Rowland's best one yet by miles, a satisfying, well-planned record consisting of the best of the funky Kelly and the dramatic Kelly, who've come together here to prove why this Child's destiny is to be a superstar. This album is an incredible showing of taste, talent, and charisma at every speed, and is one of the strongest mainstream R&B releases in many years. [Released at the same time digitally was "Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe," which bore all the new tracks from from the deluxe edition in an EP format.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886972881126
  • Catalog Number: 728811
  • Sales rank: 123,075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Work (3:12)
  2. 2 Daylight (3:29)
  3. 3 Like This (3:37)
  4. 4 Love (3:52)
  5. 5 This Is Love (4:47)
  6. 6 Broken (3:25)
  7. 7 Better Without You (3:57)
  8. 8 Every Thought Is You (3:56)
  9. 9 Love Again (3:51)
  10. 10 Unity (3:51)
  11. 11 No Man No Cry (3:29)
  12. 12 Daylight (7:04)
  13. 13 Comeback (6:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Rowland Primary Artist, Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Carl Marsh Conductor
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Christopher Farrell Viola
Montina Cooper Background Vocals
Sean Gould Bass, Guitar
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy Vocals
Matt McGinley Drums
J. "Lonny" Bereal Vocals, Background Vocals
Ben Levels Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Carl Marsh String Arrangements
Solange Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Billy Mann Producer
D. Sharpe Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Jim Caruana Engineer
John O'Donnell Remixing
Max Gousse Vocal Arrangements
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Rockwilder Composer
Mark J. Feist Producer, Engineer
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Kelly Rowland Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Jennifer Gray Remix Coordinator
Sam Hollander Programming
Jeff Dawson Producer, Engineer
Wayne Allison Engineer
Charile "CSUN" Bereal Producer
Montina Cooper Vocal Producer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Kenny Bereal Producer
Sean Gould Engineer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Elvis Williams Producer
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Rommel Nino Villanueva Engineer
Sean Garrett Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Engineer, Instrumentation
J. "Lonny" Bereal Producer, Vocal Producer
Britney Jackson Vocal Arrangements
Troy Samson Vocal Producer
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