RS2

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the great aspects about having a steady, lucrative side gig -- in the case of versatile bassist, singer and songwriter Rhonda Smith, nearly ten years playing with Prince -- is the freedom to create a solo project that happily defies any easy genre categorization. Of course, it's also nice to have Prince himself in the house, lending a promotional quote ("This is Rhonda...and she is funky!") and his crunchy lead and rhythm guitars to the old-school soul)-(\rock jam "Time." Smith says it all about the eclectic nature of her disc in the half-minute industrial vibing intro called "What Do They Think Music Is." She answers that in many ways throughout RS2, beginning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the great aspects about having a steady, lucrative side gig -- in the case of versatile bassist, singer and songwriter Rhonda Smith, nearly ten years playing with Prince -- is the freedom to create a solo project that happily defies any easy genre categorization. Of course, it's also nice to have Prince himself in the house, lending a promotional quote ("This is Rhonda...and she is funky!") and his crunchy lead and rhythm guitars to the old-school soul)-(\rock jam "Time." Smith says it all about the eclectic nature of her disc in the half-minute industrial vibing intro called "What Do They Think Music Is." She answers that in many ways throughout RS2, beginning with the adventurous, sensuous soul meets trippy electronica tune "To Get with You," and engaging in some biting commentary about an emotionally stunted lover on the sparse, percussive neo-soul-jazz piece "Lost Child." "Always" moves into progressive urban smooth jazz territory, with Smith focusing more on the melodic capabilities of her axe, accompanied by Ron James' soprano sax and some gently echoing background vocals. "Why Criticize" takes this same road, complementing its long intro with a brief dose of Smith's most beautiful vocals. There are also some percussive jazzy elements on the hypnotic closer "Ray of Light." Smith never stays in one place too long, however zipping next to the swampy, front porch blues declaring her love for "Country Music." "Sunshine" is like an avant-garde mishmash of gospel, electronica, jazz and world percussion -- bright as promised -- while "It's You" is a sweet but very conventional mid-tempo duet with gospel legend Fred Hammond. If there's a mainstream hit here, that's the one; it's not the most original tune in the bunch, but it's a safe entry point to Smith's intensely creative free-for-all world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 898841000385
  • Catalog Number: 5637448237
  • Sales rank: 17,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Do They Think Music Is? (0:27)
  2. 2 To Get with You (3:58)
  3. 3 Lost Child (3:07)
  4. 4 Time (3:22)
  5. 5 Always - Ron James (3:55)
  6. 6 Country Music (3:18)
  7. 7 Gotta Believe (4:16)
  8. 8 Sunshine (4:10)
  9. 9 127 (3:34)
  10. 10 It's You (3:21)
  11. 11 The Hypnotic (2:26)
  12. 12 Grind (3:39)
  13. 13 Why Criticize (2:01)
  14. 14 I Miss You - Abyss (3:05)
  15. 15 Ray of Light (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhonda Smith Primary Artist, Electric Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass
Eric Essix Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Phil Davis Keyboards, fender rhodes
Kathleen Dyson Guitar
Fred Hammond Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Derek Scott Guitar
Mike Scott Guitar
Renato Neto fender rhodes
Felicia Collins Guitar
Omar Phillips Percussion
Anthony Perry Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Billy Odum Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Roberts Drums
Joey Sommerville Trumpet, Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass, Newscast
Ronald James Soprano Saxophone
Latrese Bush Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Technical Credits
Kathleen Dyson Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Ian Boxill Engineer
Rhonda Smith Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Felicia Collins Composer
Larry Darrell drum programming
Joey Sommerville Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Carl Shackleton Composer
Andre Bowman Composer, Programming, Producer
Tre Nagella Engineer
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