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All Music Guide - John Bush
Dwele, first heard on the cool, relaxed chorus of Slum Village's "Tainted," isn't a leather-lunged shouter or, the likely guess, a silky-smooth crooner. Blessed with a fine, sensitive voice, he's a Marvin Gaye disciple, and like his influence, he has his own ideas about production and performance. That stubbornness makes him a difficult artist to pigeon-hole but an easy one to enjoy, especially for listeners tired of hearing constant repetition in R&B. Mostly self-produced and recorded at his home in Detroit, Subject favors the gauzy beats-and-bliss production style of Slum Village auteur Jay Dee. Though it's a familiar format, it's one that works well as a bed for his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Dwele, first heard on the cool, relaxed chorus of Slum Village's "Tainted," isn't a leather-lunged shouter or, the likely guess, a silky-smooth crooner. Blessed with a fine, sensitive voice, he's a Marvin Gaye disciple, and like his influence, he has his own ideas about production and performance. That stubbornness makes him a difficult artist to pigeon-hole but an easy one to enjoy, especially for listeners tired of hearing constant repetition in R&B. Mostly self-produced and recorded at his home in Detroit, Subject favors the gauzy beats-and-bliss production style of Slum Village auteur Jay Dee. Though it's a familiar format, it's one that works well as a bed for his vocal style, which uses odd cadences, extended phrasing, multiple layers of vocals, and often his own whispered responses to his main lines. Halfway between R. Kelly and Madlib, Dwele writes toward R&B stereotypes but really makes the songs his own. On the title track, unsurprisingly a self-production, he accomplishes a rare feat, pulling off an inspirational song that truly sounds inspired. Dwele doesn't sound quite as interesting when he's not producing himself; a pair of outside productions, the single "Find a Way" and "Money Don't Mean a Thing," are intelligent, sensitive jams, but they make it clear that Dwele's talents don't tend to the anthemic. Like Gaye before him, he sounds more content and more inspired when the reins are in his hands.
Time Out New York - Margeaux Watson
On his debut CD, Subject, Detroit's Andwele "Dwele" Gardner evokes warranted comparisons to A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo and Jay Dee by working soul, hip-hop and jazz into warm compositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358091922
  • Catalog Number: 80919
  • Sales rank: 34,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poppa Yo (Intro) (2:37)
  2. 2 Truth (3:56)
  3. 3 Find a Way (4:09)
  4. 4 Twuneanunda (3:21)
  5. 5 A.N.G.E.L. (Interlude) (2:19)
  6. 6 Day at a Time (4:35)
  7. 7 Subject (4:01)
  8. 8 Sho Ya Right (4:17)
  9. 9 Money Don't Mean a Thing (3:30)
  10. 10 Hold On (3:42)
  11. 11 Kick Out of You (4:07)
  12. 12 Without You (4:07)
  13. 13 Whoomp (Interlude) (3:36)
  14. 14 Lady at Mahogany (4:07)
  15. 15 A.N.G.E.L. (Reprise) (3:50)
  16. 16 Let Your Hair Down (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dwele Primary Artist, Guitar, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Dave Forman Guitar
Alfonzo Hunter Vocals
Karriem Riggins Drums
Eric Roberson Background Vocals
DeSabata Robinson Guitar
Jake & the Phatman Percussion, Drums, Turntables
Kai Brooks Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Puram Engineer
Todd Fairall Engineer
Eric Roberson Engineer, Vocal Producer
Daniel Romero Engineer
Dwayne Bastiany Producer, Instrumentation
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Dwele Producer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    When I was introduced to this CD in late 2004, I couldn't believe I had been depriving myself of this wonderfully talented artist who hails from Detroit. I fell in love with his music immediately. His style is a mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Subject is now one of my all time favorites and in my opinion, a CLASSIC and a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Props from Detroit!!!!!!!!!!!

    I encourage everyone especially Neosoulsters to buy his album this very minute . . . From beginning to end it is fresh in the sense of it's orignally . . .I was actually born and raised in Detroit and I believe he is part of the second rise of "Motown" talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star Is born!

    Dwele is a very talented new artist who really deserves to be heard. He has a style that most would call neo-soul, but I found his style to be somewhere between Jazz, Soul, & Funk. I can definitely hear a lot of jazz in his music. He appears to mainly be a keyboardist/guitarist, but I'm guessing that he plays even more instruments. His voice is somewhat similar to Musiq, but with a different texture to it in my opinion. My brother thought he sounded like R. Kelly, so I guess different people hear different things. I think he's funkier than both of them with way more flavor. My favorite cuts are the fast uptempo cuts "Find A Way," "Let Your Hair Down," & "Sho Ya Right." Midtempo cuts like "Truth" & "A.N.G.E.L Reprise With Slum Village" also satisfy. Slow songs like "Twuneanunda," "Lady At Mahogany," & "Kick Out Of You" prove that Dwele knows how to start the perfect quietstorm. If Dwele is truly given a chance by the public and especially his record company, I think he'll be around for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IMPRESSIVE

    THIS CD IS GREAT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME FUN BEATS AND LYRICS. NOT THE DEEPEST WRITING I'VE HEARD BUT I DOUBT YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IF PURCHASED. I DO HAVE MY FAVORITES THOUGH, ONE BEING "TRUTH."

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