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Sweat
     

Sweat

3.5 4
by Nelly
 

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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

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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 Sweat disc in particular features, at least, a half-dozen songs that could be smash hits, whether on radio, on MTV, or in clubs: "Na-Nana-Na," "Flap Your Wings," "Tilt Ya Head Back," "Grand Hang Out," "Playa," and "Boy" are all first-rate party rap, on a par with anything else out there on the market in 2004. The others are above average also, resulting in a damn impressive lineup of songs. But they're all distinctly clubby and therefore get a little tiring after a while. It'd be nice to have some of the steamy slow jams from Suit interspersed throughout, if only for the sake of variety, not to mention an occasional (heavy) breather. Still, good music is good music, and Nelly comes up a winner here on Sweat. In no shape or manner is this disc a disappointment -- it lives up to its billing and then some. Had Nelly blended these songs with those of Suit into a double-disc buffet or, better yet, cherry-picked them for a single-disc bouquet, he'd have a truly amazing album. (Doing just that on your PC or Mac is highly recommended, by the way, and quite fun.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498635643
catalogNumber:
000331402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nelly   Primary Artist
Christina Aguilera   Vocals
Trife   Keyboards
Jasper Cameron   Vocals
Remy Martin   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Tesh   Composer
Phalon Alexander   Composer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp   Composer
Albert Johnson   Composer
Stephen Marley   Composer
Carl Nappa   Engineer
Dave Pensado   Vocal Mixing
Missy Elliott   Composer
Jazze Pha   Producer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
T-Mix   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Alchemist   Producer
Neptunes   Producer,Audio Production
Chad Hugo   Composer
Marc Stephen Lee   Engineer
Nelly   Composer,Executive Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Trife   Producer,Audio Production
B.H. Edwards   Composer
Kyjuan   Composer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Murphy Lee   Composer
Jason "Jay E" Epperson   Composer,Producer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Bruce Waynne   Producer,Audio Production
Dirty Swift   Producer,Audio Production
Byno   Engineer
Phillip Duckett   Composer,Producer
Loretta J. Galbreath   Direction
Doe   Audio Production
Jasper Cameron   Producer
Jayson Bridges   Composer,Producer

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Sweat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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! Out of all the songs on "Sweat", I only liked two. The "Spida Man" beat was CRAZY, but Nelly hasn't quite figured out how to ride the beat. On top of that, when he does use a clever lyric, he gets too hyped about it. Who didn't crack a smile on the "Introduce me to her knees" line? But then he went on about her knees for the next three or four lines. Dawg, we heard you loud and clear. No need to repeat. YOu sound frantic when you do. I liked the song with Christina Aguilera on the VMAs, but not too much on the cd. I think it was because Nelly is one of the few cats I know who can look cool in suspenders. On top of that, he'll always be eye candy and give a great performance. 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
U already know this album is off the hook. But try listening to #1 Heart of a Champion, #4 American Dream, #5 River Don't Run, #8 Getcha Getcha and #9 Another One. These are hot songs but for sum reason, they not hits. Check them out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Sweat" in my opinion is Nelly's classic party joints to jam at in the clubs. I can feel the energy that Nelly really took his time and experimented well. My favorite joints on this CD is #'s 1-3, 5 & 6.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago