Promise to Love [Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Ronald Isley's This Song Is for You, released in 2013, included "My Favorite Thing," a song written and co-produced by Kem. It seemed more like a Kem song featuring Isley, not the other way around, since Isley was not at the fore. The song reappears on Kem's fourth proper album, and it neatly falls into place, like it belonged here all along. It could also be inserted into any of Kem's previous albums with non-disruptive ease. That underscores Kem's consistency or, more skeptically, his penchant for doing the same thing over and over. As with the three albums that preceded it, Promise to Love consists almost entirely of smooth and quiet ballads that regard long-term ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Ronald Isley's This Song Is for You, released in 2013, included "My Favorite Thing," a song written and co-produced by Kem. It seemed more like a Kem song featuring Isley, not the other way around, since Isley was not at the fore. The song reappears on Kem's fourth proper album, and it neatly falls into place, like it belonged here all along. It could also be inserted into any of Kem's previous albums with non-disruptive ease. That underscores Kem's consistency or, more skeptically, his penchant for doing the same thing over and over. As with the three albums that preceded it, Promise to Love consists almost entirely of smooth and quiet ballads that regard long-term devotion and self-improvement. He remains an antidote to prevailing contemporary R&B sounds. When he sings of going downtown, he means geographically, not anatomically -- and guest Snoop Dogg, on his best behavior, displays restraint. Even "Say Something Real," which bears a significant instrumental resemblance to Prince's "Soft and Wet," is free of innuendo. The backdrops, as usual, are unwaveringly silky, yet filled with nuances. Kem might do one thing, but he does that one thing very well. Four- and five-year waits aside, the man knows how to please his listeners. [The Deluxe Edition adds two bonus tracks. "Moments," bizarrely left off the standard edition, features some sweet horns and an electric piano solo. The other cut is a showcase for L'Renee, whose approach is similar to that of Marsha Ambrosius. It's a ballad with rhythmic punch heavier than anything on the album proper.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2014
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537957651
  • Catalog Number: 002145602
  • Sales rank: 91

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saving My Love dor You (2:50)
  2. 2 Promise to Love (4:09)
  3. 3 Downtown (3:49)
  4. 4 Beautiful World (4:50)
  5. 5 Do What You Gotta Do (4:58)
  6. 6 Say Something Real (4:44)
  7. 7 My Favorite Thing (3:44)
  8. 8 It's You (5:23)
  9. 9 The Soft Side of Love (4:43)
  10. 10 Nobody (4:33)
  11. 11 Pray for Me (2:51)
  12. 12 Moments (4:15)
  13. 13 Don't Say Goodbye - L'Renee (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kem Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg Rap
Rayse Biggs Trumpet, Saxophone
Randy Bowland Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion
Edward Gooch Trumpet, Saxophone
Ronald Isley Vocals
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Al Turner Bass
Joe Foster Guitar
Ron Otis Drums
Beth Griffith Background Vocals
Marlon Curry Percussion
Jose "Pepe" Espinosa Percussion
Anesha Birchett Background Vocals
Brian O'Neal Piano, Keyboards
John Madison Strings
Demetrius Nabors Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Kern Brantley Bass
L'Renee Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Randy Bowland Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Eric Morgeson Programming, Engineer, Additional Production
Rex Rideout Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, Vocal Producer, Additional Production
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Al Turner Composer
Todd Fairall Engineer
I.V. Duncan Engineer
Kem Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Cordell Watson Additional Production
Brian Woodring Engineer
Anesha Birchett Vocal Arrangements
TaVon Sampson Art Direction
Seth Firkins Engineer
Lloyd Dwayne Vocal Arrangements
John Madison String Arrangements, String Contractor
Demetrius Nabors Programming, Producer, drum programming, Additional Production
Mike Wyatt Engineer
David Andris Engineer
Joe Ryan Additional Production
4 Drums Productions Composer
Russell Davis IV Vocal Producer
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