Soulstar

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Like fellow Philadelphian Jill Scott and New York City girl Alicia Keys, Musiq shows a tremendous affinity for the classic soul of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Unlike his peers, however, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild also enjoys playing with words: After titling his first two albums Ajuswanaseing and Juslisen, respectively, he's dubbed his third disc Soulstar. Gimmickry aside, however, the soul star's graceful tenor is in fine voice on his latest release, and its classic R&B-inspired grooves are sure to set the mood for many a downtown Brooklyn house party. At 15 songs, however, the disc is a bit overstuffed -- tracks such as the clichéd ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Like fellow Philadelphian Jill Scott and New York City girl Alicia Keys, Musiq shows a tremendous affinity for the classic soul of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Unlike his peers, however, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild also enjoys playing with words: After titling his first two albums Ajuswanaseing and Juslisen, respectively, he's dubbed his third disc Soulstar. Gimmickry aside, however, the soul star's graceful tenor is in fine voice on his latest release, and its classic R&B-inspired grooves are sure to set the mood for many a downtown Brooklyn house party. At 15 songs, however, the disc is a bit overstuffed -- tracks such as the clichéd "Babymother" and admirable-yet-underwhelming reggae-tinged cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" of course, here it's titled "Missyou" could have been cut. Even so, Musiq shines on the bulk of the album. Highlights include the disco-inspired lead single "Forthenight," the string-laden title track, and the Roy Ayers–esque "Momentinlife," featuring husband-and-wife duo Kindred and eccentric rapper Cee-Lo. Although he still has miles to go before he's as prolific as Mr. Wonder or as singular a voice as his fearless peer Bilal with whom Musiq duets on "Dontstop", Musiq shows artistic growth with each effort. And for that, he truly is a rising Soulstar.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Not a whole lot has changed in Musiq's world since releasing his second album in 2002 -- if this really isn't the case, you wouldn't know it from Soulstar. He's still following in the tradition of his '70s-era idols, he's still taking liberties with the compoundwords for his song titles, and he's still making modern soul that's equally classy and absorbing. Though the steady development of Musiq's songwriting and vocal skills is a major draw as ever, his greatest charm is that he never puts on airs -- he never hides behind a persona or affectations, which gives him a sense of intimacy that many of his contemporaries lack. Perhaps that's the greatest lesson he has learned from those who paved the road he rolls down. At just over 70 minutes, Soulstar is another unnecessarily lengthy listen, but there's a great deal of depth beyond the big single picks. Sweet and laid-back from start to finish, the only bona fide boner is a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You," which is detrimental to the album's flow even if you've never heard the original. Otherwise, this is one of the finest contemporary R&B releases of 2003, with both style and substance in good supply.
Vibe - Jason King
A remarkably self-assured album, Soulstar is brimming with positive affirmations.
Blender - Nelson George
One of the best R&B records of the year.

A remarkably self-assured album, Soulstar is brimming with positive affirmations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498611920
  • Catalog Number: 000161602
  • Sales rank: 41,263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soulstar - DJ Aktive (3:02)
  2. 2 Youloveme (3:50)
  3. 3 Womanopoly (4:55)
  4. 4 Forthenight - AAries (3:50)
  5. 5 Infatueighties (4:36)
  6. 6 Whoknows (4:55)
  7. 7 Babymother (4:43)
  8. 8 Missyou (4:00)
  9. 9 Moment in Life - Kindred the Family Soul (4:43)
  10. 10 Thereason (5:29)
  11. 11 Dontstop - Bilal (8:08)
  12. 12 Her (4:28)
  13. 13 Whereareyougoing (4:10)
  14. 14 Romancipation (0:38)
  15. 15 Givemorelove/Leaveamessage (9:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Musiq (Soulchild) Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bootsy Collins Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
John Lawson Drums
James Poyser Drums
Kenny Lattimore Background Vocals
Dawn Robinson Background Vocals
Ora Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Cee Lo Green Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Levar "Lil' Tone" Wilson Background Vocals
April Williams Background Vocals
Algebra Blessett Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Thaddeus T. Tribbett Bass
Torrie Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Vikter Duplaix Percussion
Pops Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Andre Voices
John Roberts Percussion, Drums
Kindred the Family Soul Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
AAries Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Multi Instruments
Junius Bervine Multi Instruments
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Matt Cappy Trumpet
Troy Corbin Background Vocals
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Background Vocals, Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Carol Riddick Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rick Tate Jr. Saxophone
Timothy Hicks Background Vocals
Nicole Guiland Background Vocals
Andre Dandridge Telephone Voice
DJ Aktive scratching, Guest Appearance
Erickache Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Theodore Gilbert Bass
Ben ONeill Guitar
Bilal Oliver Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice, Guest Appearance
Olezski fender rhodes
Muriyd Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Organ, Keyboards
Franky "Vegas" Romano Bass, Guitar, Sitar, Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Andre Track Performer
Chad Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Charnee Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Maurice "DJ Aktive" "The Scratchologist" Deloach scratching
Dox Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Heather Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Kindred Vocals, Background Vocals
Moms Voices, Track Performer, Telephone Voice
Ben "Benanas" O'Neill Guitar
James "Jayshawn" Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Tom Scott Composer
Larry Graham Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Keith Richards Composer
Francesco Romano Composer
C-Lo Composer
UE Nastasi Mastering
Cee Lo Green Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Liles Executive Producer
Deidre Graham Marketing
88-Keys Producer
Dexter Story Marketing
M.A.D. Composer, Producer
Musiq (Soulchild) Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Vikter Duplaix Producer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Junius Bervine Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Akisia Grigsby Art Direction
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Jerome Hipps Executive Producer
Michael McArthur Executive Producer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Andre Dandridge Engineer
Gutta Fam Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bilal Oliver Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Franky "Vegas" Romano Arranger
Frank "Mumbles" Sullen Engineer
Heiku Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soul Journeyman

    His albums have been getting progressively better and better. The stand-out track for me is "Womanopoly", a rolling beat infused tale of female independence. He respects his craft and it shows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    off track

    now that he has done an album like soulstar we hope he will go back to the musiq we used to know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Emotionally Expressive

    This is a very balanced and insightful album, I enjoyed the whole thing. The words that can be hard for a man to his woman are said in this album. If you can't say it to her, say it through "Soulstar".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JUST BUY IT !

    This is a Soulful CD.. The Tenor Voice that Musiq Blows is an amazing gift!.. His music just isn't music to beat to.. His Lyrics are real and deep as if he is telling a story. I see that he continues to grow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WORTH BUYING!!!!!!!

    This is one of the hottest rnb cd's that I have heard within the last year! I definitely suggest anyone who listens to r&b buy this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shining Soulstar!

    This album is truly wonderful! It’s refreshing to see artists as talented as Musiq actually follow through with music that is wonderful to listen too. You will not be disappointed with this album. Gone are the days of albums with only 9-10 tracks on it. You get your money's worth, and more importantly, the Musiq touches more than your eardrums...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best R&B CDs of 2003!

    Soulstar is one of the few CDs out there that is not stuffed full of filler music, leaving you with only 1 or 2 songs for your money. Every song on this CD is great and well worth the time and money. If more CDs of this quality were being released, the record companies would see an increase in sales, rather than a decline.

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