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Award-winning producer and R&B crooner Babyface takes a decidedly adult contemporary pop direction with his latest disc, Playlist, a nostalgic set of mellow Top 40 classics including James Taylor's "Fire & Rain," Dan Fogelberg's "Longer," and Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle."
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Covers albums tend to be dashed off as a way to fulfill an artist's last remaining contractual obligation to his or her label. However, Playlist is Babyface's first release for Mercury, following 2005's Grown & Sexy, and he put a lot of heart and soul into the material, all of which connected with him as a youngster listening to '70s ...
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Award-winning producer and R&B crooner Babyface takes a decidedly adult contemporary pop direction with his latest disc, Playlist, a nostalgic set of mellow Top 40 classics including James Taylor's "Fire & Rain," Dan Fogelberg's "Longer," and Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle."
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Covers albums tend to be dashed off as a way to fulfill an artist's last remaining contractual obligation to his or her label. However, Playlist is Babyface's first release for Mercury, following 2005's Grown & Sexy, and he put a lot of heart and soul into the material, all of which connected with him as a youngster listening to '70s AM radio. Most of the sources are anything but cool: James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Dave Loggins, and Bread. Then again, Bread were sort of like the Coldplay of their day. Apart from Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," everything is suited for Babyface, often to the point where the songs don't sound tremendously different from what he has written during the last several years. While you could go back as far as the first Deele songs for indications that he had more than soul and funk in his background, this album really conveys how much he owes to '70s singer/songwriters. In addition to the eight covers, there are two new songs, both of which fit into the album's scheme sonically while being far from lightweight subject-wise. In "Not Going Nowhere," he talks to one of his sons in the wake of divorce "I've got a room with your name on the door/Your favorite things you could ever ask for", and "The Soldier Song" addresses those who have had their lives taken by war "Hope was all he had to cope/But he never made it home".
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
Passion, not laid-backness, rules on this set of originals and covers. [B]

Passion, not laid-backness, rules on this set of originals and covers. [B]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602517410428
  • Catalog Number: 000949502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shower the People - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (4:37)
  2. 2 Fire & Rain - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (4:59)
  3. 3 Not Going Nowhere - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (5:23)
  4. 4 Time in a Bottle - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (2:59)
  5. 5 Wonderful Tonight - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (3:42)
  6. 6 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (3:22)
  7. 7 Longer - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (3:24)
  8. 8 The Soldier Song - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (4:16)
  9. 9 Please Come to Boston - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (4:17)
  10. 10 Diary - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Babyface Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Rob Lewis Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Doug Livingston Steel Guitar
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Brandy Background Vocals
Ethan Farmer Bass
Michael Ripoll Acoustic Guitar
Sasha Allen Background Vocals
Keith Slettedahl Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Croce Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dan Fogelberg Composer
Dave Loggins Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer, Producer, drum programming
Paul Boutin Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I have heard a few of the songs from this CD on the radio but never knew who was singing. I am so excited to finally learn the name of this sweet songbird, 'Babyface'! I highly recommend 'Playlist' to everyone from my generation, late 60's-early 70's, from where these songs were taken, and also to the younger crowd, who will equally enjoy hearing sweet lyrics set to beautiful music, which seems to be so few & far between these days. (I'm sure they said the same about our 'Acid Rock', back in the day ! LOL !)Remakes of 'old songs' could sometimes be disastrous ! Thanks 'Babyface' for doing these 'oldies' proud !

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