Recovery

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The wait between Algebra Blessett's 2008 debut and 2014 follow-up was a mighty long time, but during it, she was featured on several songs by her contemporaries, including Raheem DeVaughn's "Nobody Wins a War," Anthony David's "4Evermore," Esperanza Spalding's "Black Gold," and Vivian Green's "Light the Universe." For her second album, she changed labels, from Kedar to eOne, and worked extensively with Kwamé Holland and LTMoe, both of whom produced five of these songs, as well as Shannon Sanders, Brett Baker, and Bryan-Michael Cox. Recovery is dressed up like a theatrical tale regarding a rocky relationship and resilience in its wake, from Blessett's elaborate butterfly ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The wait between Algebra Blessett's 2008 debut and 2014 follow-up was a mighty long time, but during it, she was featured on several songs by her contemporaries, including Raheem DeVaughn's "Nobody Wins a War," Anthony David's "4Evermore," Esperanza Spalding's "Black Gold," and Vivian Green's "Light the Universe." For her second album, she changed labels, from Kedar to eOne, and worked extensively with Kwamé Holland and LTMoe, both of whom produced five of these songs, as well as Shannon Sanders, Brett Baker, and Bryan-Michael Cox. Recovery is dressed up like a theatrical tale regarding a rocky relationship and resilience in its wake, from Blessett's elaborate butterfly dress to a carefully plotted-out sequence of songs. The album begins with an "exordium" rather than an introduction, the title track has an "augment" rather than a part two, and several cuts sound less like isolated ideas, more suited for specific points in the story. The strength of the material tends to justify the scheme. Each one of the Kwamé collaborations has at least a touch of dusty, classic style -- escalating string vamps and bittersweet horn lines -- with crunching and knocking drums and discreet synthesizer shading. He's the best creative match for her. Meanwhile, "Struggle to Be," produced by Baker, is a hypnotizing duet with lone guest vocalist Q. Parker, and "Forever" makes for an emotional high point with Sanders' slamming drums and drawn-out smears of organ. Blessett never sounds as if she's trying particularly hard. Her expressions merely pour out, making it easy to overlook her skill. While 2008's Purpose was enjoyable, this is more focused and has serious repeat-play quality, as if Blessett knew exactly what she wanted to do and did it to the fullest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2014
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923244226
  • Catalog Number: 2442
  • Sales rank: 32,202

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Algebra Blessett Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Algebra Indexed Contributor
Quinnes Parker Vocals, Background Vocals
Akil Thompson Bass, Guitar
Shannon Sanders Drums, Background Vocals
Carrie Bailey Violin
Bryan-Michael Cox Piano
James Thompson Bass
Mark Strowbridge Guitar
Josh Rivera Bass, Guitar
Derrick White Trombone
Rod Hardman Guitar
Eugene H. Russell IV Tenor Saxophone
Ali Barr Trumpet
Technical Credits
Todd Moore Composer, Engineer
Paul Grosso Cover Design
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Quinnes Parker Composer, Engineer
Algebra Blessett Composer, Executive Producer
Shannon Sanders Composer, Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Arnold Mischkulnig Mastering
Rudy Currence Composer
L.T. Moe Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Greg Fuqua Engineer
Kwame Holland Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Michael Gregory Engineer
Russell Johnson Executive Producer
Josh Rivera Composer
Brett Baker Composer, Programming, Producer
George Littlejohn Executive Producer
Victor Morante Production Director
Sean Marlowe Art Direction
Jerrell Allen Executive Producer
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