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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Nelly's decision to release his Sweatsuit project as two respective albums, Sweat and Suit -- the former clubby and insincere, the latter refined and mannered -- is somewhat of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's nice to pick whichever side of Nelly's persona you prefer, whether in general or at any particular moment; on the other hand, the separate-album concept makes for two very one-dimensional albums that begin to sound formulaic by their respective conclusions. The thing is, Nelly has plenty of great songs here on these two albums. Quality certainly isn't an issue -- he works with a who's who of pop-rap circa 2004, from the Neptunes to Christina Aguilera to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Nelly's decision to release his Sweatsuit project as two respective albums, Sweat and Suit -- the former clubby and insincere, the latter refined and mannered -- is somewhat of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's nice to pick whichever side of Nelly's persona you prefer, whether in general or at any particular moment; on the other hand, the separate-album concept makes for two very one-dimensional albums that begin to sound formulaic by their respective conclusions. The thing is, Nelly has plenty of great songs here on these two albums. Quality certainly isn't an issue -- he works with a who's who of pop-rap circa 2004, from the Neptunes to Christina Aguilera to Snoop Dogg to Missy Elliott, and ends up with a wealth of certified and could-be hits. Yet by sorting them into two different categories and then lumping them together onto two separate CDs, the diversity at hand is nullified. Granted, this two-styles, two-discs approach worked well for OutKast on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and less well, but well nonetheless, for R. Kelly on Happy People/U Saved Me, but it doesn't work so well for Nelly. His Sweatsuit recordings are diverse, for sure, but OutKast he isn't, nor is he the Pied Piper. Rather, Nelly is essentially a pop star who happens to rap, and as such, he specializes in calculated pop formulas -- namely clubby, cocky party songs previously "Hot in Herre," presently "Flap Your Wings" and sweet, sultry love songs previously "Dilemma," presently "My Place". And by sorting those two formulas into respective albums, the calculation becomes overt and comes across as formulaic to discerning listeners. The key, then, is to not be a discerning listener: it's best to just let these songs play and take them for what they are -- well-done popcraft. The Suit disc is by far the more interesting disc of the two. There are only 11 songs here, but thankfully they're relatively diverse compared to those of Sweat. All except three of them are collabos, and often the collaborators steal the show, reducing Nelly to guest status on his own album. "Play It Off," a tiptop-shelf Neptunes joint boasting a great Pharrell vocal contribution, kicks off the album marvelously, and the next two tracks -- "Pretty Toes" and "My Place" -- are top draws also. The former is a fun Jazze Pha song toasting fly girls, and the latter is a "Dilemma" retread -- where that song had aped Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You" for its hook to much success, this one apes yet another Philly soul classic, Teddy Pendergrass' bedroom ballad "Come Go With Me" again, to much success. Another highlight is "She Don't Know My Name," a Speakerboxxx-like Big Boi of OutKast production where Ron Isley and Snoop Dogg steal the show, leaving Nelly only a 45-second verse for himself. Most of the other songs have their virtues: for instance, "N Dey Say" appropriates Spandau Ballet's timeless 1983 Top Ten hit "True"; "Woodgrain and Leather Wit a Hole" is a laid-back ode to smoking and driving hydro smoking, that is; "It's My Life" marks the return of ...drum roll, please Mase; and "Over and Over" includes an overdubbed hook by country star Tim McGraw that works much better than it should. All of this amounts to a brief album with absolutely no filler. Granted, Nelly's rapping here is more restrained and insubstantial than ever, but when you have a cast of collaborators like this, the actual rapping is beside the point -- these are fun songs, plain and simple, and wonderfully catchy to boot. This makes for a great album. Had Nelly combined the 49-minute Suit with the half-dozen highlights from Sweat, however, he'd have a really great album. Doing just that on your PC or Mac is highly recommended, by the way, and quite fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498635698
  • Catalog Number: 000331602
  • Sales rank: 96,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Play It Off (3:48)
  2. 2 Pretty Toes - T.I. (4:29)
  3. 3 My Place - Jaheim (5:36)
  4. 4 Paradise (4:36)
  5. 5 She Don't Know My Name (4:26)
  6. 6 N Dey Say (3:37)
  7. 7 Woodgrain and Leather Wit a Hole (5:13)
  8. 8 In My Life - Avery Storm (3:40)
  9. 9 Over and Over (4:13)
  10. 10 Nobody Knows (4:37)
  11. 11 Die for You (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Primary Artist, Rap
Tim McGraw Vocals
Snoop Dogg Rap
Ronald Isley Vocals
Debra Killings Bass
Shorty B. Bass, Guitar
Anthony Hamilton Vocals
Jazze Pha Various, Rap
Mase Rap
Pharrell Williams Vocals
Jaheim Rap
T.I. Rap
Rajinder Kala Conga
Kim Moore Johnson Background Vocals
Dan "Thunda Dan" Marshal Guitar
Matt Brauss Bass
Bryan Loss Drums
Richard "Rip" Gager Guitar
James D. "Sted Fast" II Hargrove Guitar
Onion Guitar
Avery Storm Vocoder
Jayson Bridges Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Tim McGraw Composer
Snoop Dogg Composer
Phalon Alexander Composer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Ronald Isley Composer
LROC Producer
Carl Nappa Engineer
James Phillips Composer
Soulshock Composer, Producer
Karlin Producer
Kevin Law Engineer
Anthony Hamilton Composer
Jazze Pha Producer, Audio Production
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Mase Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
André Benjamin Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Antwan Patton Composer
The Neptunes Producer, Audio Production
E. Jordan Composer
Chad Hugo Composer
Big Boi Producer
D. Moore Composer
Serge Tsai Engineer
Earl Gaynor Composer, Producer
Nelly Composer, Executive Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Jaheim Composer
Rico Wade Composer
T.I. Composer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Patrick Brown Composer
Jason Bridges Composer
Joe Spix Art Direction
Beat Bullies Producer
Dan "Thunda Dan" Marshal Engineer
Brandon "B Don" Matthews Engineer
Raymond "Yoda" Murray Composer
Robert Gerongco Composer, Producer
Sam Gerongco Producer
James D. "Sted Fast" II Hargrove Composer, Producer
Kuya Brothers Producer
Ahm Producer
Avery Storm Composer
Jayson Bridges Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Nelly's Best CDs!!

    "Suit" is one of the best since Brandy's "Afrodisiac" to be played from start to finish. This CD seems to be a cross-over to R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Gospel feelings of passion. All of the songs are outstanding to play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extreme Disappointment

    I've only heard one artist whose cd was full of hits and a double disc: R. Kelly ("R.", not this "U Saved Me/Happy People" deal). I took a chance with Nelly because I've always liked him as an artist. Plus, I figured if someone was bold enough to put out two separate cds at the same time (when artists are having all kinds of problems selling ONE), then it must be good. Wrong! In the pretty toes song, I realized quickly that Nelly hasn't mastered the art of riding the beat. T.I. has mastered this craft and completely overpowered everybody on the song and that wasn't a surprise because I already knew how talented and powerful T.I.'s rhymes were. On top of that, T.I. never says words for the sake of rhyming while Nelly apparently decided to do that throughout the entire cd (including "Sweat"). Another song where the guest overpowered the host is the song with Anthony Hamilton. I don't remember anything about the song but his beautiful voice. I did like one song a lot though, and it was a song with no guest appearances: Die For You. His little girl has a smart mouth, but she's funny and honest. That was a heartfelt song with lyrics that made me pay attention. Finally. I'd watch and tape a video for all of these songs I don't like just to look at something I do like (his face & body). Not good. The irony is that even though I only liked one song with Nelly on it and that was the one without all the guest appearances, I'd still run out and buy his next cd. The charisma, the style, HIS LOOKS, and his honesty will always give him the upperhand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two sides to every Story

    SweatSuit is an awesome idea from the great music minds of Nelly & the St. Lunatics! Being a rap fan and a closet country music lover, to say I am exctied about the Tim McGraw duo is an understatement. DERRTY ENT!!

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    Posted October 21, 2009

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