Neo-Soul Music for Dummies

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The blurb on the back of the disc says this: "Fuses together a flavorful mix of pioneering soulful artists." These artists aren't pioneering in the least, at least not when compared to their forebears: Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and several others. That's why they've been labeled neo-soul. If you're coming at this from more of a rock angle, it's not much different than referring to modern-day rock bands as neo-rock. What we're dealing with here is basically '90s and 2000s R&B that, while heavy on melody, isn't as chart-oriented as what you're likely to hear from Monica or Usher. Seventies soul plays a significant factor in sound and in...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The blurb on the back of the disc says this: "Fuses together a flavorful mix of pioneering soulful artists." These artists aren't pioneering in the least, at least not when compared to their forebears: Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and several others. That's why they've been labeled neo-soul. If you're coming at this from more of a rock angle, it's not much different than referring to modern-day rock bands as neo-rock. What we're dealing with here is basically '90s and 2000s R&B that, while heavy on melody, isn't as chart-oriented as what you're likely to hear from Monica or Usher. Seventies soul plays a significant factor in sound and in spirit. This type of thing tends to be more sophisticated, meaning that it's geared toward twentysomethings and thirtysomethings instead of teenagers. The problem with Neo-Soul for Dummies is that it drops the ball by not including songs from many of the era's leading players. D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Alicia Keys are just some of the biggest MIAs, perhaps due to steep licensing costs. That doesn't mean that the disc isn't enjoyable highlights come from Terence Trent D'Arby, Musiq, and Neneh Cherry, but it does mean that it doesn't make for a great introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: MUSIC FOR DUMMIES
  • UPC: 632157500623
  • Catalog Number: 5006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wishing Well (3:31)
  2. 2 What's So Different? (3:57)
  3. 3 Don't You Forget It (4:12)
  4. 4 Still Be Mine - Jeune (4:06)
  5. 5 Just Friends (Sunny) (4:12)
  6. 6 Sweet Baby (3:50)
  7. 7 Hey Mr. DJ - Zhané (4:12)
  8. 8 Golden Boys - RES (4:41)
  9. 9 Black Ivory Soul - Angélique Kidjo (4:34)
  10. 10 Happy - Laurneá (4:34)
  11. 11 Woman - Neneh Cherry (4:30)
  12. 12 Even If (4:39)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Rick James Composer
Prince Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
A. Bahr Composer
Maxton G. Beesley Jr. Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Neneh Cherry Composer
Terence Trent D'Arby Composer
Tommy Faragher Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Jean Hébrail Composer
T. Johnson Composer
Jeremy Meehan Composer
Renee Neufville Composer
Jean Norris Composer
Sean Oliver Composer
Laurnea Wilkerson Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Amel Larrieux Composer
Laru Larrieux Composer
Joe Solo Composer
Shiro Gutzie Composer, Executive Producer
Cameron McVey Composer
Andre Harris Composer
Elgin Lumpkin Composer
Omar Lye-Fook Composer
Martin McKinney Composer
Tim Mosley Composer
Macy Gray Composer
Glenn Lewis Composer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer
Jonathan Sharp Composer
Santi White Composer
Kay Gee Composer
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