Pronounced Jah-Nay

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
In late 1993, the R&B vocal duo Zhané scored a Top Ten pop hit with the '70s Philly soul meets disco meets '90s hip-hop R&B smash "Hey Mr. DJ," a sleek slice of earthy, sophisticated soul that stands as one of the best R&B/pop hits of the '90s. Several months later the duo issued its highly anticipated debut, Pronounced Jah-Nay, on Motown, and the album yielded hit single after hit single for the better part of a year. Melding classic soul with honey-sweet vocals, hip-hop beats, jazz, disco, and pop, the duo stood out from the onslaught of manufactured R&B acts that dominated the airwaves and pop charts in the early to mid- '90s. The duo scored a Top 20 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
In late 1993, the R&B vocal duo Zhané scored a Top Ten pop hit with the '70s Philly soul meets disco meets '90s hip-hop R&B smash "Hey Mr. DJ," a sleek slice of earthy, sophisticated soul that stands as one of the best R&B/pop hits of the '90s. Several months later the duo issued its highly anticipated debut, Pronounced Jah-Nay, on Motown, and the album yielded hit single after hit single for the better part of a year. Melding classic soul with honey-sweet vocals, hip-hop beats, jazz, disco, and pop, the duo stood out from the onslaught of manufactured R&B acts that dominated the airwaves and pop charts in the early to mid- '90s. The duo scored a Top 20 pop hit with its follow-up single, "Groove Thang," which, although still smooth and infectious, sounds like "Hey Mr. DJ" part two. Other singles included the glorious, elegant, and sleek "Sending My Love," which also managed to crack the pop Top 40, the funky R&B hit "Vibe," and the ballad "You're Sorry Now." The duo seems to shine brightest when tackling jazz ballads, such as the Sade-ish "La, La, La" and "Off My Mind," two songs that were never hits but easily rank as the album's overlooked treasures. Pronounced Jah-Nay is definitely one of the better R&B albums of the '90s -- unfortunately, this album's success was never repeated, and that was most likely due to lousy marketing and single choices for the duo's sophomore outing, Saturday Night.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/1994
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463636926
  • Catalog Number: 6369
  • Sales rank: 10,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Mr. DJ (4:11)
  2. 2 Intro (Interlude) (0:35)
  3. 3 Vibe (3:30)
  4. 4 Sending My Love (3:41)
  5. 5 Sweet Taste of Love (3:50)
  6. 6 Changes (4:44)
  7. 7 You're Sorry Now (4:41)
  8. 8 Love Me Today (5:25)
  9. 9 Off My Mind (4:24)
  10. 10 La, La, La (5:29)
  11. 11 Groove Thang (3:55)
  12. 12 For a Reason (6:56)
  13. 13 Hey Mr. DJ (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zhané Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Babyface Vocals
Kevin Batchelor Trumpet
David Bellochio Piano, Keyboards
Alan Goldsher Bass
Frank Gravis Bass
Voe Hitmen Keyboards
Craig King Keyboards
Paul Levante Guitar
Renee Neufville Strings
Jean Norris Piano, Keyboards
Wendell & Face Vocals
Les ? Background Vocals
Kay Gee Vocals
Steve Williams Drums
Suga Pop Keyboards
Hitmen Keyboards
Technical Credits
Naughty by Nature Producer
Zhané Producer, Executive Producer
David Bellochio Producer, Engineer
Jonathan Clark Art Direction
Frank Fagnano Engineer
Craig King Producer, Contributor
Steve McKeever Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Renee Neufville Producer
Jean Norris Producer
Angela Piva Engineer
Kay Gee Programming, Executive Producer, drum programming
Hitmen Contributor
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