Nivea

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in the '80s -- when rap was the new kid on the block -- there were plenty of urban contemporary stations and R&B singers who wanted nothing to do with hip-hop. But times have changed, and these days rap and urban contemporary are joined at the hip. Just as an electric blues/classic soul mixture works well at a blues festival, an urban station might play Destiny's Child one minute and Jay-Z the next. Nivea's self-titled debut album is a perfect example of how hip-hop-drenched R&B has become; from the production to the lyrics, this CD frequently underscores hip-hop's influence on modern R&B. Nivea doesn't get heavily into the neo-soul trend ? la Mary J. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in the '80s -- when rap was the new kid on the block -- there were plenty of urban contemporary stations and R&B singers who wanted nothing to do with hip-hop. But times have changed, and these days rap and urban contemporary are joined at the hip. Just as an electric blues/classic soul mixture works well at a blues festival, an urban station might play Destiny's Child one minute and Jay-Z the next. Nivea's self-titled debut album is a perfect example of how hip-hop-drenched R&B has become; from the production to the lyrics, this CD frequently underscores hip-hop's influence on modern R&B. Nivea doesn't get heavily into the neo-soul trend à la Mary J. Blige, Jaguar Wright, Alicia Keyes, or Jill Scott, although one does hear some '70s sweet soul influence on the slow jam "Laundromat" which R. Kelly wrote and produced. Nivea is much more girlish than the neo-soul divas, which isn't to say that her material lacks bite. In fact, Nivea provides a likable blend of girlishness and grit on catchy, hip-hop-minded offerings like "Ya Ya Ya" another Kelly contribution and the single "Don't Mess With My Man" which was produced by Bryan-Michael Cox. Nivea can be teen-friendly, although not in a bubblegum way; in Nivea's case, teen-friendly doesn't mean teen pop. Like a lot of younger urban contemporary artists who record for major labels, Nivea works with different producers and songwriters on different songs -- and of course, she is at their mercy. Most of them serve her well, especially Kelly and Cox. There are, however, a few weak tracks. But if Nivea's debut is slightly uneven, it still has more ups than downs and is -- thanks to the more on-the-ball producers and writers -- worth the price of admission.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974850021
  • Catalog Number: 748500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still in Love (3:43)
  2. 2 Ya Ya Ya (4:08)
  3. 3 Don't Mess With My Man (3:34)
  4. 4 The One for Me (3:35)
  5. 5 Laundromat (4:24)
  6. 6 You Don't Even Know - Nick Cannon (3:55)
  7. 7 Run Away - Pusha T (3:43)
  8. 8 Just in Case (3:59)
  9. 9 No Doubt (4:06)
  10. 10 Never Had a Girl Like Me (3:53)
  11. 11 Have Mercy (3:52)
  12. 12 Don't Mess With the Radio (3:58)
  13. 13 25 Reasons (4:07)
  14. 14 Don't Mess With My Man (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nivea Primary Artist
Donnie Lyle Guitar
C.L. Smooth Background Vocals
Charles Pettaway Guitar
Malachy Robinson Guitar
Sleepy Brown Bass
Technical Credits
R. Kelly Arranger, Producer
Ted Bishop Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Leslie Brathwaite Producer, Engineer
Organized Noize Programming, Producer
Bernasky Wall Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Chaz Harper Mastering
Abel Garibaldi Programming, Engineer
Paul Poli Producer
Patrick Viala Engineer
Swift C Producer, drum programming
Andy Gallas Programming, Engineer
Ian Mereness Programming, Engineer
Arnold Wolfe Engineer
Nivea Hamilton Executive Producer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Producer, Remixing
Rowie Nameri Engineer
Adonis Stropshire Engineer
Azuolas Sinkevicius Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    25 Reasons Put Nivea on the map!

    Nivea did her thang with this cd and does not get the credit she deserves. She is hip and has soul a lot like Lil Mo. Nivea gets mad props for 25 reasons, laundromat and hopefully she'll get the publicity she deserves on her next album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU GO GIRL !!!

    LAUNDROMAT.....I AGREE WITH THE FIRST NOTATION, THIS LADY NEEDS MORE PUBLICITY AND TRUTHFULLY I BELIEVE SHE SINGS WAY BETTER THAN SOME OF THESE ARTIST WHO ARE ON THE RADIO.........J. LO.....WHY?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's Hot

    Nivea album isn't being advertised right.It's one of the best albums I've heard in a while. If it was advertised like Ashanti's it would be triple platinum right know. Now you know she has a get cd when there is only two song I don't like. I listen to her every day. I would advise you to do the same,so go out and get Nivea today. It's worth every peeny. Nivea has just gain one more fan.

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