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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Diddy spent the five years since the release of his previous solo album making (and shelving) a gospel album, dabbling (or flailing) in dance music, running in the New York City Marathon, developing a perfume called (almost unbelievably) Unforgivable, and undoubtedly doing many other important things. His Bad Boy empire settled into a severe lull until the summer of 2006, when Yung Joc's "It's Going Down," Cassie's "Me&U," and the Danity Kane album revived the label. Press Play is well timed, and it's also well endowed: the roster of collaborators and guests is both extensive and impressive enough to entice the severely Diddy-resistant. Peculiarly enough, Diddy's ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Diddy spent the five years since the release of his previous solo album making (and shelving) a gospel album, dabbling (or flailing) in dance music, running in the New York City Marathon, developing a perfume called (almost unbelievably) Unforgivable, and undoubtedly doing many other important things. His Bad Boy empire settled into a severe lull until the summer of 2006, when Yung Joc's "It's Going Down," Cassie's "Me&U," and the Danity Kane album revived the label. Press Play is well timed, and it's also well endowed: the roster of collaborators and guests is both extensive and impressive enough to entice the severely Diddy-resistant. Peculiarly enough, Diddy's practically the opening act on his own album. During the first several tracks, he's the dominant voice, dishing out the expected variations on his wildly hubristic boasts of old, and that includes a baffling gritted-teeth threat like "America, fall back, you can't stop me/Got a thing for pigeon-toed chicks who walk knock-kneed." On his own, he does not deliver. Around track six, the guests begin to take over the 80-minute program, and the album morphs into a theatrical examination of love and romance that is partly randomized but mostly tremendous. Apparently inspired by his relationships with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and his wife, Diddy and his shifting cast of fellow songwriters/producers pen a series of songs -- you could almost call it a suite -- emboldened by a round of knockout performances from several women. Multi-threat up-and-comer Keri Hilson (watch for her), Brandy, Keyshia Cole, and Mary J. Blige all take lead roles and make up the heart of the album. This last half-hour of the album, with the exception of a couple instances where Diddy could've left everything in the hands of the vocalists, teeters on the edge of brilliance. Timbaland (with partner Nathanial "Danja" Hill) and Mario Winans (with Diddy) deliver robust, imaginative productions that lay the majority of modern-day R&B tracks to waste (glints of left-field dance music and the new wave that inspired it are incorporated to great effect), while Rich Harrison expectedly and thrillingly blends the blaring with the lush behind Blige. The rest of the album is worth talking about, as it involves noteworthy appearances from Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Nas, Big Boi, Cee-Lo, and several others, but it's less risky and not nearly as remarkable as the closing stretch. All told, the number of memorable hooks on display here is surprising. [A clean version of the albums was also released.]
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
The best songs surround Diddy's clumsy verses with inventive beats.
Billboard - Jeff Vrabel
A solid and often appealing party jam.
Washington Post - Dan Charnas
He may be, as he says on his new album, "hard to love," yet Diddy has a certain genius -- and it's clearly on display in "Press Play." He knows what rocks the dance floor.

A solid and often appealing party jam.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • UPC: 075678386428
  • Catalog Number: 83864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Testimonial (Intro) - Diddy (2:24)
  2. 2 We Gon' Make It - Jack Knight (3:33)
  3. 3 I Am (Interlude) - Diddy (1:46)
  4. 4 The Future - Diddy (3:12)
  5. 5 Hold Up - Diddy (3:29)
  6. 6 Come to Me - Nicole Scherzinger (4:36)
  7. 7 Tell Me - Christina Aguilera (4:06)
  8. 8 Wanna Move - Ciara (5:18)
  9. 9 Diddy Rock - Shawnna (5:12)
  10. 10 Claim My Place (Interlude) - Diddy (3:25)
  11. 11 Everything I Love - Diddy (4:23)
  12. 12 Special Feeling - Mika Lett (4:25)
  13. 13 Crazy Thang (Interlude) - Diddy (1:15)
  14. 14 After Love - Diddy (4:47)
  15. 15 Through the Pain (She Told Me) - Diddy (5:28)
  16. 16 Thought You Said - Diddy (5:49)
  17. 17 Last Night - Keyshia Cole (6:26)
  18. 18 Making It Hard - Diddy (4:54)
  19. 19 Partners for Life - Diddy (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
P. Diddy Primary Artist
Diddy Indexed Contributor
Betty Wright Vocals
John Blackwell Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Rob Lewis Conductor, fender rhodes
Mario Winans Drums, Keyboards, Overdubs
David Woodford Tenor Saxophone
Brandy Vocals
Sarah Rosete Vocals
Tower of Power Horn Section Track Performer
Ethan Farmer Bass
Adolfo Acosta Trumpet
Jack Knight Vocals, Background Vocals
will.i.am Keyboards
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence Vocals
Christina Aguilera Vocals
Nicole Scherzinger Vocals
Charile "CSUN" Bereal Guitar
Angela Hunte Vocals
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway Bass
Mabvuto Carpenter Vocals
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheri Dennis Vocals
Katrinia Carson Background Vocals
Iyanna Dean Vocals, Background Vocals
Precious Harrison Vocals
Arden Keys Keyboards
Mika Lett Vocals
Shay Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Stacy Lamont Sydnor Percussion
Technical Credits
Betty Wright Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Curt Smith Composer
Katreese Barnes Horn Arrangements
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Shannon Jones Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Rob Lewis Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Roland Orzabal Composer
Jerry Peters Composer
Mario Winans Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation, Additional Music
Johnny Pate Composer
Jeff Lane Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Ethan Farmer Arranger
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Pharrell Williams Composer
Jack Knight Composer, Vocal Arrangements
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Shannon "Slam" Lawrence Composer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Oscar Ramirez Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Fredrick "Toxic" Taylor Engineer
Will Adams Composer
J.D. Andrew Engineer
Brenda Davis Composer
Rich Harrison Composer, Producer
Nicole Scherzinger Composer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Pierre Medor Vocal Producer
Angela Hunte Composer
Keri Hilson Composer
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Robert Gold Art Manager
Nasir "Nas" Jones Composer
Kejuan Muchita Composer
Andrew Geel Engineer, overdub engineer
Sean Garrett Composer, Vocal Producer
Patrick Fong Art Direction
Jon Spurgeon Engineer
Geno Sims Vocal Arrangements
Jayceon Taylor Composer
Ryan Montgomery Composer
Fr Composer
Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre Executive Producer
Jim Beanz Engineer, Vocal Producer
Devon Barber "Press" Engineer
Steve "Rock Star" Dickey Engineer
Christopher Gilbert "Fly" Engineer
Michael Carlos Jones Vocal Arrangements
Pierre Jones Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Leroy Watson Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Kevin "Kev-O" Wilson Engineer
Shay Winans Composer
Mike Winans Composer
Terrence "Scar" Smith Composer
Stephen Garrett Composer
David Brown Engineer
Marcella Araica Engineer
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