Soulife

Soulife

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by Anthony Hamilton
     
 
Once 2004's Comin' From Where I'm From began to gather steam, it became common knowledge that Anthony Hamilton was no newcomer. New fans discovered that Hamilton had two other albums in his past. First, there was XTC, an album that was supposed to come out around 1995 but didn't see the light of day due the Uptown label's untimely death; MCA rescued it,

Overview

Once 2004's Comin' From Where I'm From began to gather steam, it became common knowledge that Anthony Hamilton was no newcomer. New fans discovered that Hamilton had two other albums in his past. First, there was XTC, an album that was supposed to come out around 1995 but didn't see the light of day due the Uptown label's untimely death; MCA rescued it, released it, and were content with letting it slide into oblivion. Good luck finding a copy. Later on, Hamilton became affiliated with the family-like Soulife label, which disintegrated before he was able to release yet another album. Talk about rotten luck. The appropriately titled Soulife, released by Atlantic/Rhino in 2005, presents ten (and perhaps all) of the songs that were due for release on the album for Soulife, in addition two previously released songs, including "Love and War," from the Baby Boy soundtrack. According to the liners and credits, the material was originally laid down between 1999 and 2001, but several songs were re-recorded and tweaked, likely to make them sound a little more like 2005. As evidenced on Comin' From Where I'm From, Hamilton's voice is best suited for spare arrangements with dusty beats, sensitively played keyboards, and distant wah-wah guitars. Soulife is comparatively slick, which might throw some of Hamilton's newer fans, but there's still plenty of down-home grit to keep ears glued to the speakers, in addition to the main attraction -- the earthy, listen-to-it-all-day voice. While not as wonderful as Comin' From Where I'm From, "Georgie Parker" alone makes the album a must for anyone won over by "Charlene." The song will break your heart and sink into your subconscious with one play, even if you aren't paying any attention to the compelling lyrics. After the first listen -- one of those "Everyone I know must hear this right now" moments -- you'll feel like you've pulled up a golden truffle.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227469528
catalogNumber:
74695

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Hamilton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vibes,Wurlitzer,Musician
Macy Gray   Vocals
Jimane Nelson   Organ,fender rhodes
Jacques Schwarz-Bart   Horn
Sunshine Anderson   Vocals
Eric Krasno   Guitar
Adam Deitch   Drums
Ron Feemster   Piano,Strings
Shawn Cruise   Guitar
Billi Redd   Percussion,Background Vocals
Dolo Pichino   Vocals,Track Performer
Erick Walls   Guitar
Ron Feenster   Piano
Theron Feemster   Piano,Strings

Technical Credits

Bruce Irvine   Engineer
Walter Stewart   Producer
Mark Sparks   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Anthony Hamilton   Producer
Mike City   Producer,Audio Production
S. A. Anderson   Composer
Bob Engel   Engineer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction
D. Kirkland   Composer
B.C. 3 Ent.   Producer
Hua Hsu   Liner Notes
Doug Mayhem   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Swiff   Programming
JB Nelson   Composer

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Soulife 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where most "artists" strive to make the most money and focus less and less on the very thing that brought them their fame and riches, Anthony Hamilton EXCEEDS any and all expectations of his debut album "Comin from where I'm from". He shows us that "soul searchin" and love has no room for pride and lays his heart bare for all to receive. I wouldn't consider myself one to be into R&B (with the exception of 70's and early 80"s), but THIS cat truly shows that he hasn't forgotten his roots!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish the music industry would have released this album back in 1999. The music is so good and still relevant today! I was hoping the music was as good as his Comin' From Where I'm From CD I was not disappointed!! Thank you Mr. Hamilton and I look forward to your next CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You're only cheating yourself if you don't listen to this album and while you're at it please pick up Comin from where I'm from. Anthony reminds me that there are still great artists out thanks anthony for the listening pleasure!!!!