Outrun the Sky

Outrun the Sky

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by Lalah Hathaway
     
 
Few mainstream artists can keep the lazy release schedule Don Hathaway's daughter does and retain a strong fan base. It's been a whole decade since Lalah Hathaway released one of her own albums and half that long since she joined Joe Sample for The Song Lives On. It's her warm voice, smooth delivery, and

Overview

Few mainstream artists can keep the lazy release schedule Don Hathaway's daughter does and retain a strong fan base. It's been a whole decade since Lalah Hathaway released one of her own albums and half that long since she joined Joe Sample for The Song Lives On. It's her warm voice, smooth delivery, and allegiance to fad-free R&B that keeps the faithful patiently waiting. Delivering on all counts, Outrun the Sky is a fan's dream and the singer's best showcase since her debut. While The Song Lives On was more ambitious and in turn brought more fans, Outrun the Sky is a better showcase. Not only does Hathaway cover a wider spectrum of tones and moods but she also producers and writes most of the highlights of the album. Her stream-of-consciousness lyrics for the title track give a more personal picture of the artist and paint her as an approachable dreamer who's as unsure as anyone. Hathaway's inspired writing is responsible for many of the other warm and reflective winners but it's the closing "Boston" that best illustrates how this husky voiced siren can conjure up a cosmopolitan song and deliver it with heart. Including her smoky take on Luther Vandross' "Forever, for Always, for Love" from the Forever, for Always, for Luther tribute is the icing on this cool cake. The ballad-heavy album still has its fair share of grooves that are rooted in R&B but the overall easy temperament isn't going to alienate any of Hathaway's smooth jazz converts. Nice to have her back; here's to a shorter wait next time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Pyramid Records
UPC:
0802469110920
catalogNumber:
691109
Rank:
12378

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Poogie Bell   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Nick Lane   Trombone
Doug Livingston   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jenny Douglas McRea   Background Vocals
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Vivian Sessoms   Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Michael White   Drums
Michael White   Drums
Kenya Hathaway   Background Vocals
Tim Carmon   Organ,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Ricky Rodriguez   Percussion
David Delhomme   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike City   Various
Jubu Smith   Guitar
Chris Parks   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Eric Walls   Guitar
Sundra "Sun" Manning   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Composer,Producer
Luther Vandross   Composer
Mark Green   Engineer
Bud Harner   Producer
Nick Lane   Horn Arrangements
George Nauful   Executive Producer
Rex Rideout   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Vivian Sessoms   Composer,Producer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
Jim Morgan   Engineer
Raymond A. Shields   Executive Producer
David Delhomme   Composer,Producer
Mike City   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Jack Frisch   Art Direction
Chris Parks   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Francis Graham   Engineer
Wondress Hutchinson   Composer

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Outrun the Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lalah Hathaway is the female version of Luther Vandross. Her voice is smooth and sensual, with it's smoky texture. The songs and music fit her style perfectly. Great album.