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Songs About Girls
     

Songs About Girls

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by will.i.am
 

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Boasting the best album-length production of the year, will.i.am's Songs About Girls is a tour de force of next-generation contemporary R&B, all of it devoted to girls -- girls he wants, girls he wants back, girls who are gone, girls he's glad are gone, and, of course, girls trying hard to make a living for their family as strippers. Although the trailer single

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Boasting the best album-length production of the year, will.i.am's Songs About Girls is a tour de force of next-generation contemporary R&B, all of it devoted to girls -- girls he wants, girls he wants back, girls who are gone, girls he's glad are gone, and, of course, girls trying hard to make a living for their family as strippers. Although the trailer single, "I Got It from My Mama," had threatened to become even more obnoxious and unescapable than Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" -- replacing Fergie's awkward come-ons with will.i.am's clumsy rapping -- it's the lone note of pandering on this record. (Perhaps another should be guest Snoop Dogg lofting the word "donque" into the popular consciousness.) Recorded everywhere from Rio to The Record Plant, Songs About Girls percolates with more innovation, enthusiasm, and excitement than contemporary work by Pharrell, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, or anyone else remotely in the same league. Fortunately, will keeps the anthemic rapping to a minimum, instead sing-speaking or pleading plaintively behind a parade of filters and emoting rather than motivating. Musically, there's all manner of technical wizardry on display, including vocoderized electronics, surprisingly acid-washed synth on "The Donque Song" (how long has it been since Snoop Dogg rapped over a 303, doctored or not), and "Get Your Money," the latter of which may be the classic tale of a stripper with a heart of gold, but, powered by a swing-house M.A.N.D.Y. sample, should provide the requisite credibility to rehabilitate the man who unleashed "humps" on the populace.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517468245
catalogNumber:
000996402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

will.i.am   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
John Kirby   Keyboards
Snoop Dogg   Guest Appearance
George Pajon   Guitar
Mike Hartnett   Bass,Guitar
Jason Perry   Keyboards
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Dante Santiago   Background Vocals
Ray Brady   Guitar
Josh Lopez   Guitar
Tara Ellis   Background Vocals
Keri Hilson   Background Vocals
Elvis Williams   Piano
Melanie Johnson   Background Vocals
Caleb Speir   Bass
Simon Battle   Background Vocals
Marti G.   Background Vocals
Katerina Graham   Background Vocals
Polow da Don   Keyboards
Keith Harris   Drums,Keyboards,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Berry Gordy   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Jean-Luc Drion   Composer
Fernando Garibay   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Art Direction,Audio Production
George Pajon   Composer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Seth Friedman   Art Direction
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Tony Terrebonne   Engineer
Palow tha Don   Producer
Caleb Speir   Composer
Padraic "Padlock" Kerin   Engineer
Walter Merziger   Composer
Patrick Bodmer   Composer
Joshua Singleton   Composer
Mike McHenry   Composer
Paper-Boy   Audio Production
Polow da Don   Producer,Audio Production
William Adams   Composer

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Songs About Girls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that people expected superficial, commercial hip hop from this unique individual and were initially disappointed. Will.i.am's first single, "I got it from my momma," is perhaps the most commercial ready song on the album. With that said, the rest of the album is awesome and unexpected, and is something I play from start to finish not skipping one track. As Christian Siriano would say, "Fierce!" Haha...
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can anyone not like Will-I-Am, he is innovative, unique, and highly talented. You can even call him a pioneer. Hot album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago