Music Fan First

Music Fan First

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by Eric Roberson
     
 

Every R&B artist needs to listen to this album, Eric Roberson's fifth, and take notes. If all R&B was this whimsical, this creative, this grooving, this earnest, this textured, this diverse, the genre wouldn't be stuck in such an artistic rut. Music Fan First -- such an apt title for the tireless "do it out of love" Roberson -- is a sprawling effort that isSee more details below

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Every R&B artist needs to listen to this album, Eric Roberson's fifth, and take notes. If all R&B was this whimsical, this creative, this grooving, this earnest, this textured, this diverse, the genre wouldn't be stuck in such an artistic rut. Music Fan First -- such an apt title for the tireless "do it out of love" Roberson -- is a sprawling effort that is every bit on the level of his previous album ...Left, which means that this is an album of importance in the R&B genre because so many of his contemporaries make music either pandering, broad, or deviant. The album begins with "Newness," one of Roberson's patented stories, this one of new love. He sings over what could be described as a synthed-out, hip-hop breakbeat, which is what sets this album apart from his previous efforts -- there's some serious grime on the production of many of the songs. Roberson also sets himself apart from his peers with more storytelling on songs like "A Tale of Two" and "Still," whose Afro-cuban asides and melodic coda are the type of artistic riffs missing on virtually every R&B album you hear these days. These aren't bedtime stories; they're more cinematic, closer to hip-hop scripts. To end the album, he offers what is becoming a must for any singing artist born between 1970 and 1990: a Michael Jackson tribute. Roberson is a fan of music indeed, an appreciator of art and creativity, and this is on constant display throughout Music Fan First.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Blue Erro Soul
UPC:
0775020968127
catalogNumber:
8
Rank:
36601

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Roberson   Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Craig Lane   Keyboards
Dana Sorey   Organ,Strings,Keyboards
Geno "Junebugg" Young   Vocals
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Wayna   Vocals,Background Vocals
Erro   Bass,Vocals
Aaron "Goody" Goode   Trombone
Curt Chambers   Guitar,fender rhodes
Wayne Moore   Bass
Aaron Abernathy   Vocals
Jay Bratten   Bass
Benjamin O'Neill   Guitar,Vocals
Brandon Hines   Vocals
Craig Lane   Keyboards
Allan Simpson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Arranger
Colin Emmanuel   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
D. Brown   Cover Photo
Brett Baker   Composer
Eric Roberson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Craig Lane   Composer
Dana Sorey   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Osunlade   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
A. Jermaine Mobley   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
James Roberson   Executive Producer
Young RJ   Producer
W. Ellington Felton   Composer
J.R. Hutson   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Erro   Arranger,drum programming
Curt Chambers   Composer,Producer
Charlotte Roberson   Executive Producer
Craig Lane   Composer
R. Rudolph   Composer
Allan Simpson   Composer
Brett Baker   Composer
B. Baker   Composer

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