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Strange Clouds
     

Strange Clouds

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by B.o.B
 

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B.o.B's sophomore effort is missing that little bit of humility that made his debut (2010's The Adventures of Bobby Ray) so approachable, and when you come out of the gate nailing such a wide variety of pop-rap, asking for growth is asking for a lot. On this sophomore effort, B.o.B sounds like the same guy who delivered that debut and

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B.o.B's sophomore effort is missing that little bit of humility that made his debut (2010's The Adventures of Bobby Ray) so approachable, and when you come out of the gate nailing such a wide variety of pop-rap, asking for growth is asking for a lot. On this sophomore effort, B.o.B sounds like the same guy who delivered that debut and with the same set of skills (good lyrics, great pathos, and great punch lines) and aspirations (big across the board), just after numerous nights of bottle service, living in a platinum dream world where Dr. Luke and Lil Wayne contribute to your hazy highlight title track, and where mega-star Taylor Swift replaces Hayley Williams on the worthy "Airplanes" follow-up, "Both of Us." Later it's Nicki Minaj acting like a malfunctioning robot on the hip thrill ride called "Out of My Mind," followed by alt-rocker Ryan Tedder on the warm and cozy morning affirmation titled "Never Let You Go," but B.o.B isn't just influenced by the styles of his guests and is willing to bump a solo strip-club number ("Ray Bands") next to a solo soul-searcher ("So Hard to Breathe") as if albums were always executed like trapeze acts. Combine well funded and well crafted along with the rapper's "no frontin'" attitude -- sometimes he really wants to ease problems, and sometimes he really wants to be at a strip club -- and it starts to come together, plus when Morgan Freeman delivers that big, heavy-handed intro with barely a smirk, B.o.B's choice of audacious over ironic is refreshing. This is bold pop-rap at an "Arena" level, and while partying like a rock star means cohesiveness takes a hit, Strange Clouds is still thrilling and persuasive.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678826498
catalogNumber:
527788
Rank:
1349

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.o.B   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Soloist
Julie Frost   Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Ryan Tedder   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Trey Songz   Vocals
Taylor Swift   Vocals
Brent Kutzle   Piano
Kool Kojak   Vocals
Kato   Bass Guitar
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
Jasmine Pratt   Vocals
Jamie Hyder   Vocals
Delarry D.Fi Sanders   Drums
Sab-Bion Portlock   Vocals
Henry Walter   Vocals

Technical Credits

Frequency   Producer,Engineer
Noel Zancanella   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Michelle Piza   Package Manager
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
T.I.   Executive Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Executive Producer
Cindy Zaplachinski   Legal Counsel
Phil Seaford   Engineer
Alex Kirzhner   Art Direction
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Mynority   Producer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Sean Garrett   Composer
TJ Chapman   Management
Marsha St. Hubert   Marketing
Billboard   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Brent Kutzle   Composer
B.o.B   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Megan Joyce   Legal Counsel
Ian Mercel   Engineer
Kyle King   Composer
Clarence Montgomery   Composer
Justin Franks   Composer
Tim Sommers   Composer
Jeremy Dussolliet   Composer
Brian "DJ Frequency" Fryzel   Composer
Scott Felcher   Legal Counsel
Evan Freifeld   Legal Counsel
Brian Richardson   Management
Alexander Grant   Composer
Elliot Carter   Engineer
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Theo Sedlmayr   Legal Counsel
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Bobby Ray Simmons   Composer,Engineer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Pierre Ramon Slaughter   Composer
Valentino Khan   Composer,Producer
Tiffany Almy   Legal Counsel
Takehiko Kato   Composer
Stephen Joshua Hill   Composer
Robert Clyde Hargrove   Composer
Jasmine Pratt   Composer
Jamieson Xavier Jones   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Delarry D.Fi Sanders   Composer
Jose Aguirre Lopez   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Catherine Ansley Hughes   Composer
Bradley Horne   Engineer
Henry Walter   Composer

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Strange Clouds 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love B.o.B!!! b.o.b is a great pop/rap artist he's my favorite and I have been a big fan of him since 2010 :) :)
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Strange Clouds” by B.o.B is a collection that blends rap, pop, and dance with good results. The following is a sampler of the enjoyable songs on this collection: “So Good” “Just A Sign” (featuring Playboy Tre) “Castles” (featuring Trey Songz) “Never Let You Go” (featuring Ryan Tedder “Chandelier” (featuring Lauriana Mae) “Arena” (featuring Chris Brown & T.I.) “Both Of Us” (featuring Taylor Swift) “Strange Clouds” by B.o.B is best for those who are open to listening to cd collections that contain a quality balance of rap, dance, and pop genres.