Self Portrait

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Had Lalah Hathaway's third and fourth solo albums been separated by a gap in time equal to the one between her second and third, Self Portrait would not have come out until 2014. But it arrived six years earlier, in time for her to connect with the rejuvenated Stax label, home of Angie Stone. The set reunites Hathaway with Rex Rideout, the producer/songwriter who worked with the singer on "Forever, for Always, for Love," the title cut of the Luther Vandross tribute album that appeared in 2004. Rideout is the primary collaborator, with his input on half of the songs, while kindred spirits Rahsaan Patterson and Sandra St. Victor also contribute to a handful of tracks. More ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Had Lalah Hathaway's third and fourth solo albums been separated by a gap in time equal to the one between her second and third, Self Portrait would not have come out until 2014. But it arrived six years earlier, in time for her to connect with the rejuvenated Stax label, home of Angie Stone. The set reunites Hathaway with Rex Rideout, the producer/songwriter who worked with the singer on "Forever, for Always, for Love," the title cut of the Luther Vandross tribute album that appeared in 2004. Rideout is the primary collaborator, with his input on half of the songs, while kindred spirits Rahsaan Patterson and Sandra St. Victor also contribute to a handful of tracks. More mellow and unified than 2004's Outrun the Sky, the album maintains a steady flow, whether the backdrops feature midtempo dance rhythms and horns, deep basslines and finger snaps, or acoustic guitars and glistening keyboards. Nothing is bound to jump out of the speakers and pull you around the room, but there's an unshakable lingering effect with nearly every song. More than anything, the album helps bring back the art of the subtly seductive slow jam, despite the lyrical range, which covers personal issues almost as frequently as relationships. Slowest and most stunning is the closer, "Tragic Inevitability," co-produced with Manuel Hugas, Wiboud Burkens, and Anthony Jeffries; it's a breakup song "It hurts me so/And I will not be consoled", but no one will be doing any kind of separating while the song is within earshot. In the liners, check the random jabs at vocalists who, unlike Hathaway herself, require studio enhancements: "Pitch is the new black"; "Auto tune this!" She uses some effects of her own here, but they are used for effect, not as a corrective device. In total control of her voice at all times, she has never been prone to showing off for the sake of it, so it is easy to not fully appreciate just how exceptional she is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072303089
  • Catalog Number: 30308
  • Sales rank: 28,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Go (4:06)
  2. 2 Breathe (5:04)
  3. 3 On Your Own (6:39)
  4. 4 For Always (4:22)
  5. 5 That Was Then (5:10)
  6. 6 Learning to Swim (4:35)
  7. 7 1 Mile (4:30)
  8. 8 Little Girl (4:23)
  9. 9 What Goes Around (5:39)
  10. 10 Naked Truth (4:12)
  11. 11 Udo (3:37)
  12. 12 Tragic Inevitability (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalah Hathaway Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Lenny Castro Percussion
Larry Corbett Cello
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Melvin Davis Bass
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Nick Lane Trombone
Marcus Miller Fretless Bass Guitar
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Albert Wing Saxophone
Craig Brockman Keyboards
Rahsaan Patterson Vocals
Suzie Katayama Conductor, Leader
Taj Jackson Vocals
Tim Carmon Keyboards
Marlon Williams Bass, Guitar
Charlie Campagna Guitar
Michael Ripoll Acoustic Guitar
Manuel Hugas Bass
Paula Gallitano Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Errol Cooney Guitar
Keith Wilkins Drums
Steve Richards Cello
Cyril Directie Drums
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Lalah Hathaway Composer, Producer, Art Conception
Ray Bardani Engineer
Larry Corbett Principal
Kenneth Crouch Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Nick Lane Horn Arrangements
Eric Larson Lighting Director
Herb Powers Mastering
Jimi Randolph Engineer
Rex Rideout Composer, Producer, Engineer
Sandra St. Victor Composer
Craig Brockman Composer
Rahsaan Patterson Composer
Suzie Katayama Orchestration
Raymond A. Shields II Executive Producer, Management
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Marlon Williams Composer
John Lathan Production Director
Marc Green Engineer, Percussion Engineer
Michael Ripoll Composer
Manuel Hugas Composer, Producer
Paula Gallitano Composer, Producer
Andrew Duckles Principal
Matt Taylor Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her dad is smiling.

    If Donny was here he would be so proud of his daughter. &quot Self Portrait&quot is a wonderful escape from the boring music of today. If you could have one perfect CD this year this has got to be it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The voice alone will pull you in. Buy it on the strength that she carries the legendary Hathaway name and does it proud. She's debuting on the revived STAX label and bringing it with pure SOUL. You will be moved with so many emotions, joy and tears of joy! Just by it and experience good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Beautiful, sensuous, sexy, oh yeah and her voice ain't too shabby either. I have love for Lalah. Great music here.

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