Space Under Sun

Space Under Sun

by Ari Gold
     
 
The second album by New York R&B crooner and beefcake pinup boy Ari Gold finds him continuing his exploration of smooth, soul-influenced club pop with explicitly gay romantic themes. His voice is as unobtrusively attractive as ever, and the grooves over which he sings (provided by such producers as Desmond Child, Major

Overview

The second album by New York R&B crooner and beefcake pinup boy Ari Gold finds him continuing his exploration of smooth, soul-influenced club pop with explicitly gay romantic themes. His voice is as unobtrusively attractive as ever, and the grooves over which he sings (provided by such producers as Desmond Child, Major, Pete Amato, and Marsha Malamet) are all perfectly serviceable. There's a certain blandness to the proceedings, though -- Gold is an okay songwriter, but his "Bashert (Meant to Be)" is about as generic as modern R&B gets, and he turns Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" from a tuneful, sweet pop-reggae confection into a tepid, paint-by-the-numbers R&B confection. His vocal tricks -- the soulful ornaments, the whiny, pleading tone, the electronic robo-manipulations -- all seem to be more about triggering automatic listener responses than communicating anything musical. On the other hand, "Caught" features both gorgeous harmonies and a bracingly jittery groove, and "He's on My Team" (a duet with Kendra Ross) is both funny and charming. And if you get tired of the music, there are all those shower photos inside the package.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Oarfin Records
UPC:
0783707825526
catalogNumber:
78255

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ari Gold   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick Moroch   Bass,Guitar
Joe Quinde   Multi Instruments
Steve Skinner   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rudy Haeusermann   Guitar
Noel Cohen   Guitar
Aaron Whitby   Multi Instruments
Martha Redbone   Background Vocals
Kendra Ross   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Soong Lee   Guitar
Ian Barter   Sitar
Mike Degan   Strings

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer,Producer
Major Accident   Composer
Pete Amato   Composer,Programming,Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Joe Quinde   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Steve Skinner   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Rudy Haeusermann   Programming,Producer
DJ Will   Arranger
Scott Ewalt   Imaging
Major   Programming,Producer
Marsha Malamet   Composer
Noel Cohen   Composer
Steven Gold   Engineer,Executive Producer
Aaron Whitby   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Martha Redbone   Composer
Kendra Ross   Composer
Brian G. Wright   Programming,Producer
Soong Lee   Composer,Programming,Producer
Todd Haberman   Engineer
Ari Gold   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Denise "Twisted Dee" Gurney   Remixing
Daryl Hair   Composer,Programming,Producer
Danl Linehan   Imaging
Bryan Wright   Composer

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