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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Let's Do It Again, a covers album released on an independent label in 2009, fared significantly better on the charts than Leela James' 2005 debut, a major-label release. One could interpret this irony as a case of a major mishandling an artist, but it's just as likely that it took a few years for word about James to spread. She's one of those R&B singers whose '70s-throwback voice belies her birth year (1983), built more for a steady career and a slowly developing fan base than overnight platinum success. Now on Stax, longtime home of Mavis Staples (one of her most evident inspirations), James finds herself in an ideal setting. My Soul is James' best yet in every way. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Let's Do It Again, a covers album released on an independent label in 2009, fared significantly better on the charts than Leela James' 2005 debut, a major-label release. One could interpret this irony as a case of a major mishandling an artist, but it's just as likely that it took a few years for word about James to spread. She's one of those R&B singers whose '70s-throwback voice belies her birth year (1983), built more for a steady career and a slowly developing fan base than overnight platinum success. Now on Stax, longtime home of Mavis Staples (one of her most evident inspirations), James finds herself in an ideal setting. My Soul is James' best yet in every way. It does not feature quite as many big-name collaborators or eye-popping elements as her debut, but the material is stronger, more balanced between vintage and contemporary sounds, and James sounds more comfortable in her voice. Just as important is that she is coming into her own as a songwriter; four of the songs were written entirely by her, and they are among the album's most affecting moments, ranging from the yearning, dropped-guard "So Cold," to the forceful "I Want It All," to the carefree "Let It Roll." Do make sure you stay until the end, through the steamy "Supa Luva" and "If It's Wrong," as well as the deadly "It's Over" ("That's why I changed the locks on my door, 'cause love don't live here no more").
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072316416
  • Catalog Number: 31641
  • Sales rank: 13,197

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Ain't New To This (2:30)
  2. 2 So Cold (3:43)
  3. 3 The Fact is (4:08)
  4. 4 I Want It All (3:33)
  5. 5 Party All Night (4:03)
  6. 6 Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable (3:52)
  7. 7 Tell Me You Love Me (3:30)
  8. 8 Let It Roll - B-Dub Horns (2:44)
  9. 9 Supa Luva (4:52)
  10. 10 If It's Wrong (3:21)
  11. 11 It's Over (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leela James Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrea Martin Background Vocals
Tiffany Wilson Background Vocals
Raheem DeVaughn Vocals, Background Vocals
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Keyboards
George "Spanky" McCurdy Drums
Ben Wendel Tenor Saxophone
Mark Bowers Bass, Guitar
Dwayne Moore Bass
Shelby Johnson Background Vocals
Milton Fletcher Jr. Keyboards
Bud Wales Tenor Saxophone
Brenda Walkin Tenor Saxophone
Barry Wilson Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Al Goodman Composer
Chris Dunn Executive Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Andrea Martin Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Gordon Williams Composer, Engineer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Billy Brown Composer
Eric "Ebo" Butler Engineer
Ray Murray Producer, Engineer
Malik Albert Producer, Engineer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Producer, Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer, Engineer
Raheem DeVaughn Composer
Steve "Supe" White Producer, Engineer
Leela James Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Additional Production
Kadis Producer, Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Kyonte Vincent Engineer
Al Manerson Executive Producer
Shelby Johnson Composer
Sammy Friedman Composer
Gus McKinney Composer
Gerrard Baker Producer
Gerald Craig Glanville Composer
Carl "Chucky" Thompson Producer
Billy Earl Kennedy Composer
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