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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Teena Marie's Sapphire -- named after a nickname given to her by onetime partner and late funk legend Rick James -- doesn't sound like the work of a 50-year-old artist. While 2004's La Doña, Marie's first commercially released album since 1990, hardly sounded like the work of a 48-year-old artist, it's clear that she was only getting started again. As with La Doña, there's the odd verse where Marie sounds like she's trying too hard to be hip. Longtime fans might also be a little surprised to hear Marie more sexed-up than ever, but any faults or jarring traits are canceled out by the supreme excellence of Marie's voice and the quality of the songs she has written and ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Teena Marie's Sapphire -- named after a nickname given to her by onetime partner and late funk legend Rick James -- doesn't sound like the work of a 50-year-old artist. While 2004's La Doña, Marie's first commercially released album since 1990, hardly sounded like the work of a 48-year-old artist, it's clear that she was only getting started again. As with La Doña, there's the odd verse where Marie sounds like she's trying too hard to be hip. Longtime fans might also be a little surprised to hear Marie more sexed-up than ever, but any faults or jarring traits are canceled out by the supreme excellence of Marie's voice and the quality of the songs she has written and produced. She gets some assistance, along with some guest spots from Smokey Robinson, George Duke, Gerald Albright, Kurupt, and daughter Alia Rose, but she calls the shots here as much as she did on any of her albums since Wild and Peaceful. This is another very long album that never runs out of ideas, with plenty of room for some of her classiest throwback ballads and her most up-to-date, colorful jams. Though some of the songs might be skippable -- it all depends on the mood of the listener -- there's no more meandering here than on any of Marie's half-as-long albums. There's a handful of particularly commanding songs to get stuck on. "Cruise Control," with Smokey Robinson, gets the album going and is pitched brilliantly between Marvin Gaye's "After the Dance" and Robinson's own "Cruisin'." "Make It Hot" bounces and struts with as much irresistible playfulness as "It Must Be Magic" or "Square Biz." "You Blow Me Away," a heartbreaking ballad, references "You and I," "Fire and Desire," and makes its subject completely clear at the very end: "I love you, Rick -- there, I've gone and said it." The greatest knockout of all is "Love Is a Gangsta," a fresh, dynamite acknowledgment of prime Dr. Dre-generated G-funk, with whining synths, sinewy wah-wah guitar, and layered vocal hooks that might make Nate Dogg keel over. Marie is her bad-ass best on this song, and her shout to Pam Grier is extremely apt. Why? Because Sapphire is her Jackie Brown.
Boston Globe - Siddhartha Mitter
This is an appealing throwback album, full of lush synth arrangements over winsome mid-tempo grooves, the perfect sound for songs like the single ``Ooh Wee" about seduction and the high life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Cash Money
  • UPC: 602498538906
  • Catalog Number: 000646802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Has Created (2:11)
  2. 2 Cruise Control (5:08)
  3. 3 Baby Who's Is It (5:05)
  4. 4 Make It Hot (4:31)
  5. 5 Ooh Wee (3:56)
  6. 6 Sleeping With the Enemy (5:08)
  7. 7 A.P.B. (4:51)
  8. 8 Love Is a Gangsta (5:18)
  9. 9 Ladies Choice - Gail Gotti (4:53)
  10. 10 Somebody Just Like You (5:36)
  11. 11 You Blow Me Away (6:16)
  12. 12 Simmer Down (5:17)
  13. 13 Romantica (5:42)
  14. 14 The Way You Love Me (5:03)
  15. 15 Ecstasy (4:42)
  16. 16 Resilient (Sapphire) (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teena Marie Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Smokey Robinson Guest Appearance
Gerald Albright Saxophone, Guest Appearance
George Duke Piano, Guest Appearance
Val Young Background Vocals
John Acosta Cello
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Larry Corbett Cello
Charles Everett Violin
Doug Grigsby Bass, Keyboards
Michael Markman Violin
Dennis Molchan Violin
Greg Moore Guitar
Maria Newman Viola
Edward Persi Viola
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Wali Ali Guitar
Hernan Constantino Violin
Allen McGrier Keyboards
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Edmund Stein Violin
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Nick Grant Violin
Rudy Stein Cello
Dede O'Neal Background Vocals
Kurupt Guest Appearance
Michael Miller Guitar
Noriko Olling Piano
Carolyn Riley Viola
Alicia Engley Violin
Igor Pandurski Violin
Paul Manaster Violin
Scott Hosfeld Viola
Gerry Hillera Violin
Jenesaisquoi Background Vocals
Dwight Seales Guitar
Yao Zao Cello
Alia Rose Background Vocals
Todor Pelev Violin
Technical Credits
Teena Marie Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, drum programming
Gerald Albright Horn Arrangements
Doug Grigsby Composer, Producer, drum programming
Erik Zobler Engineer
Allen McGrier drum programming
Mike Vaccaro String Contractor
Tony Shepard Vocal Engineer
Victor Vanacore String Arrangements
Ronald Williams Executive Producer
Bryan Williams Executive Producer
Lorna Leighton Art Direction, Images
Chad Wright drum programming
Robert Brooks Engineer
Lee Cadena Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent from start to finish!

    I only have one complaint about this cd. For the first time ever, Teena does not include a copy of the song lyrics with the liner notes. I have every cd that this woman has ever released and I can honestly say that this one ranks right up there with her best stuff of the 80's (with anything she's EVER done)Some highlites for me include: A.P.B, Somebody just like you, You blow me away, Simmer down and Ladies Choice, but it is all wonderful. This should have gotten WAY more airplay than it has...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    recommeded

    I enjoy Ms Teena still writing ballads and collaraborating with other legends/ rb/ rap ! Continue doing your thing you still write love music loving,sexy with class!! Butter Bean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Sapphire is sparkling....

    After the death of Rick James, no one expected the type of album Teena Marie would come out with. Would it be sad and mournful? Teena comes out with an explosive force...it is a celebration of the life of Rick James and it shows the growth as an artist and the revelance she has as an artist. La Dona was a really good album the Cash Money Production and her contributions from her defunct "Black Rain" album were great... but Sapphire takes it to the next level. Ooo Wee is soulful and funky, Cruise Control a duet with Smokey Robinson is sexy and hip. My highlights are near the end of the album the thrilling Ecstacy and the best honoring of the People of New Orleans sung by Marie and her daughter "Sapphire". The songs honoring Rick James are awesome and the lyrics are strong without.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thanks Lady T

    I would give this 6 stars if possible! Teena is definetly what music is all about. These so called stars of today should try and learn how to make REAL music. Full length songs on a full lentgh album, and she can really make you feel her love for Rick James.. Her voice is a gift from God. Go get this album and her lasr album and get taken back in time when music was worth listening too!

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