Return of Dragon

Return of Dragon

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by Sisqó
     
 

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He may not be the most poetic new jack crooner, but you've got to give the platinum-coiffed little guy credit. Since he took a hiatus from his Dru Hill bandmates and extolled the virtues of booty-dental floss with summer 2000's flesh-for-fantasy anthem, "The Thong Song" from his naughty debut disc, UnleashSee more details below

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He may not be the most poetic new jack crooner, but you've got to give the platinum-coiffed little guy credit. Since he took a hiatus from his Dru Hill bandmates and extolled the virtues of booty-dental floss with summer 2000's flesh-for-fantasy anthem, "The Thong Song" from his naughty debut disc, Unleash the Dragon, Sisqó has continued to charm his way into our consumer subconscious. He's costarred in a major motion picture (the 2001 flop Get Over It), hosted an MTV dance show, and even launched his own action figure. Now Sisqó builds on that momentum with his second solo joint -- the aptly titled Return of Dragon -- his signature over-the-top, gospel-rooted vocals still in effect. Although the disc doesn't have the obvious standout anthems that distinguished his rookie effort, cuts such as the infectious "Dance for Me" and the bass-knocking, Teddy Riley-produced first single, "Can I Live," should bang the party just fine. And several songs will have urban radio on lockdown after dark, including the Boyz II Men ripoff "Without You," which features members of Dru Hill, and the saccharine-sweet ballad "Dream," featuring Chinky from the Sisqó-assembled girl group Lovher. With his charismatic, ghetto-fabulous vocals and well-produced, hook-heavy songs, Sisqó is sure to return to the charts with Return of Dragon.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Sisqó's second solo album, Return of Dragon, follows up a debut that unexpectedly shot to the top of the charts a year earlier and remained there, week after week. That debut album, Unleash the Dragon, was almost solely powered by an omnipresent summer anthem in "Thong Song" -- a difficult feat to duplicate, an even more difficult feat to top. But even if Return of Dragon doesn't have a surefire novelty hit like "Thong Song" on it, it still has enough firepower to carry Sisqó back to the top of the charts. It's a safe record, no doubt, offering only ten full-length songs and an ensemble cast of songwriters and producers. But regardless of how few risks Sisqó takes on this album, the result is commendable, an energetic, slick, and stylish album with plenty of subtle sex and overt gloss -- everything early-2000s pop listeners demand in their superstars. To be honest, though, pop fans aren't looking for well-crafted albums but rather dynamite singles. And this album has its fair share. In fact, somewhere around half of these ten songs could function as hit singles in 2001, with "Can I Live," "Dance for Me," and "Close Your Eyes" being the most obvious choices. In particular, "Can I Live" stands out on the album mostly because of its over-the-top execution; here, the timeless Teddy Riley takes the reigns with songwriting partner D'Wayne Jones, crafting a jittery Timbaland-style beat and working various members of Sisqó's new affiliates, the Dragon Family, into the song. Yet while "Can I Live" stands out as a step in a new direction for Sisqó, "Dance for Me" takes a look back to "Thong Song," resulting in a similarly sexy dancefloor anthem that is just dying for a sleazy, near-naked-dancers-everywhere MTV treatment. In short, Sisqó gives you exactly what you want -- assuming you liked his debut album -- offering a can't-miss collection of should-be hits and even more of his ceaseless crooning.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Def Soul Classics
UPC:
0731454883627
catalogNumber:
548836

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sisqó   Primary Artist,Vocals
Derek Scott   Guitar
Dru Hill   Track Performer
Traci Hale   Vocals
C. Stewart   Keyboards

Technical Credits

George Mayers   Engineer
Brian Thomas   Engineer
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
West   Producer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Tara Podolsky   Administration
Boy Genius   Producer
Patrice Reynolds   Administration
Andy Haller   Engineer
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer
Sisqó   Executive Producer
Warryn Campbell   Producer
Nathan Walton   Arranger,Producer
C. Stewart   Producer
Jason Edmonds   Producer
Tavia Ivey   Arranger
J Moss   Producer
John Hanes   Engineer

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