Music Speaks

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In a matter of four years, Candice Glover went from being told that her career wouldn't go farther than a hotel lobby, to recording a song co-written by her favorite artist. Descriptively dispatched by Simon Cowell during the Hollywood round of American Idol's ninth season, she returned for the 11th season and fared only a little better. On her third attempt, during season 12, she won the competition -- the first woman champion since season six's Jordin Sparks. Her progression through season 12 was built on traditionally minded, guts-spilling ballads originally recorded by the likes of Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and Adele. Heartrending ballads are indeed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In a matter of four years, Candice Glover went from being told that her career wouldn't go farther than a hotel lobby, to recording a song co-written by her favorite artist. Descriptively dispatched by Simon Cowell during the Hollywood round of American Idol's ninth season, she returned for the 11th season and fared only a little better. On her third attempt, during season 12, she won the competition -- the first woman champion since season six's Jordin Sparks. Her progression through season 12 was built on traditionally minded, guts-spilling ballads originally recorded by the likes of Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and Adele. Heartrending ballads are indeed what make up the majority of Music Speaks. Album opener "Cried," co-written by inspiration Jazmine Sullivan, lays it all out. Glover belts "I tried to be the girl that never complains, but holding it in is driving me insane" with such force that the sentiment is 100-percent believable. It's no outlier. In each song, Glover sings with complete conviction, best heard in the winding "Die Without You" (somewhat redolent of Usher's "There Goes My Baby"), the floating kiss-off "Thank You," and the self-smacking "Same Kinda Man" -- the last of which was written by producers Rock City and the Co-Captains, though it's easily mistakable for the work of Sullivan. Given the dominance of slow material, the album is a bit stifling; Glover loosens up a little for only "In the Middle," co-written by Fantasia Barrino with a touch of "Ting-a-Ling," yet even that has some heartache. At the end is "Love Song," a cover of the Cure's "Lovesong" that lacks the emotionally raw drama of the version she performed on American Idol. It closes Glover's debut on an anticlimactic note, but the singer should be around for a while -- hopefully long enough to make some albums that have as much character and boldness as Sullivan's Fearless and Love Me Back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2014
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537426072
  • Catalog Number: 001863702
  • Sales rank: 9,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cried (3:20)
  2. 2 Die Without You (4:04)
  3. 3 Same Kinda Man (3:58)
  4. 4 Damn (3:43)
  5. 5 Passenger (4:36)
  6. 6 Forever That Man (4:12)
  7. 7 Kiss Me (4:36)
  8. 8 In The Middle (3:51)
  9. 9 Coulda Been Me (3:32)
  10. 10 Thank You (3:57)
  11. 11 Love Song (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Candice Glover Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Stephen Erdody Strings
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Rob Kleiner Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Alyssa Park Strings
Andrew Duckles Strings
Matt Rubin Trumpet
Lisa Liu Strings
Serena McKinney Strings
Robert Brophy Strings
Anesha Birchett Background Vocals
Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs Piano
Aaron Leibowitz Saxophone
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Strings
Jessica E. Guideri Strings
Damien "Dammo" Farmer Bass
Elijah Blake Background Vocals
Vikram Davasthali Trombone
Technical Credits
Norman Feels Composer
Simon Gallup Composer
Larry Jackson Producer
Robert Smith Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Anthony Taylor Composer
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Apex Producer
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Rexton Gordon Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Vocal Producer
Nikki Leonti Composer
Andrew Hey Engineer
Les Scurry Producer
Rob Kleiner Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Michael Williams Composer
Daniel Heath String Arrangements
Stephanie Hsu Creation
Jazmine Sullivan Composer
Jay Dmuchowski Composer
Ginger Ramsey Management
Anesha Birchett Composer
Fantasia Barrino Composer
Ester Dean Composer
Jevon Hill Composer, Vocal Producer
Iain Pirie Producer
Da Internz Producer
David Boyd Engineer
Theodore Thomas Composer
Timothy Thomas Composer
Redd Stylez Composer
Marcos Palacios Composer
Theron Thomas Composer
Rich Velonskis Composer
Carlos Battey Composer
Steven Battey Composer
Paul "Hot Sauce" Dawson Producer, Instrumentation
Jackie Boyz Producer
The Underdogs Producer, Instrumentation
Ernest Clark Composer
Rock City Producer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Producer, Instrumentation
Stephen Hybicki Engineer
Greville Gordon Composer
Samantha Tripses Marketing Coordinator
Aaron Michael Cox Composer
Antea Shelton Composer
Charles "Chizzy" Stephens III Composer
Matt Champlin Engineer
Justine Massa Creative Coordinator
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
P-Nasty Producer
Pierre Ramon Slaughter Composer
Mike WiLL Made It Producer
Dernst "D'mile" Emile II Composer, Producer
Wycliffe Johnson Composer
Cleveland Constantine Browne Composer
Candice Glover Composer
The Co-Captains Producer
Nicole Bilzerian Marketing
Julian Milam Management
Chris Geheringer Mastering
Ant Taylor Producer
Andrew W. Gould Producer
Timothy "Christian Minor" Zimnoch Composer, Engineer
Paul Thompson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    A remarkably talented young lady!  It is a joy to hear her voice

    A remarkably talented young lady!  It is a joy to hear her voice. SC is proud of you.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    Well-deserved season 12 American Idol winner! This gal is right

    Well-deserved season 12 American Idol winner! This gal is right up there with Mary J, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Cece Penniston, Jody Whatley. Her cover of the Cure's Lovesong is, in my opinion, better than Adele's. Candice could sing the next Bond song. You go Gullah girl! and all the best to your aunt Lucinda.

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