Second Chance

Second Chance

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by El DeBarge
     
 

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El DeBarge was away longer than he was around. The first DeBarge album and the last El DeBarge album were separated by 13 years, and then 16 years passed between Heart, Mind & Soul and Second Chance. Apart from a handful of guest appearances during the latter half of the '90s and early 2000s, El was (to put it mildly) out ofSee more details below

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El DeBarge was away longer than he was around. The first DeBarge album and the last El DeBarge album were separated by 13 years, and then 16 years passed between Heart, Mind & Soul and Second Chance. Apart from a handful of guest appearances during the latter half of the '90s and early 2000s, El was (to put it mildly) out of commission. So it's extraordinary that this, his fifth solo album, exists. It's something else that he's in top form. Working with an assortment of mostly complementary collaborators, including Ron Fair, Mike City, Jam & Lewis, and the Avila Brothers, El tends to stick to sweet love songs -- pleasurable, fresh updates of his tried and true approach. His voice remains capable of elevating substandard material, not that there is much of it here. The acrobatic falsetto and supple harmonies are as present as ever. While the first ten songs would have made for a strong return on their own, the final three put Second Chance over the top as one of the year's best R&B albums. The rippling "Sad Songs" and the sparse "The Other Side," two of the three songs written with Jam & Lewis, illustrate heartbreak while tapping into a vivid anguish that El had never before approached. They are both exceptionally poignant; anyone with the vaguest idea about the singer's struggles will hear them as more than just remorseful breakup songs. In this context, the closing "Second Chance" -- issued as the album's lead single -- sounds nothing short of triumphant. [Initial copies of the album, released in late November 2010, came with a three-song, Christmas-themed bonus disc.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2010
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527550183
catalogNumber:
001504572

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

DeBarge   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vocoder
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Drums
Rick Baptist   Horn
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Ron Fair   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Conductor
Julie Gigante   Violin
John Goux   Guitar
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Strings,Keyboards
Carole Kleister-Castillo   Viola
Warren Leuning   Horn
George Merrill   Background Vocals
Joe Meyer   Horn
Mischke   Background Vocals
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Robin Olson   Violin
Sid Paige   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Shannon Rubicam   Background Vocals
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Faith Evans   Vocals
Robert Peterson   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Chris Bleth   Alto Flute,Oboe
Iz   Percussion,Drums
Sara Parkins   Violin
Paul Klintworth   Horn
Roberto Cani   Violin
Trevor Handy   Celli
Timothy Loo   Celli
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ryan Roberts   Bass
Leo Mellace   Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Steve Richards   Celli
Rudolph Stein   Celli
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Aaron Oltman   Viola
Jeanie Lim   Viola
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Nina Evtuhov   Violin
Jason Perry   Keyboards
Armen Ksajikian   Celli
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Thomas Harte   Bass
Hot Sauce   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   drum programming
DeBarge   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Orchestral Arrangements,Additional Production
Clark Germain   Engineer
John Goux   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Vocal Engineer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
George Merrill   Engineer
Mischke   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
James Harris   Composer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Sam Salter   Vocal Producer
Mike City   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Christian Davis   Producer,Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jeff Halbert   Engineer
Ianthe Zevos   Creative Art
Pete Farmer   Executive Producer
John D. Norten   Engineer
Avila Brothers   Producer
Tremaine "Six7" Williams   Engineer
Corey Shoemaker   Engineer
Tal Oz   Engineer
Jeremy Stevenson   Engineer
Mike Snodgress   Marketing Coordinator
Issiah J. Avila   Composer
Awesome Jones   Composer,Producer
Victor "V Dubb" Wilson   Composer,Producer
Gabe Moffatt   Engineer
E.J. Coulter   Composer
Michael Angelo   Producer,Engineer

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