Sweat [Clean Lyrics]

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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 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 steamy slow jams 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. [Universal also released a clean version that censors the occasional moments of profanity.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498635650
  • Catalog Number: 000331502
  • Sales rank: 264,165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart of a Champion - Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble (4:29)
  2. 2 Na-Nana-Na - Jasper Cameron (3:59)
  3. 3 Flap Your Wings (4:03)
  4. 4 American Dream - St. Lunatics (4:56)
  5. 5 River Don't Runnn - Murphy Lee (4:59)
  6. 6 Tilt Ya Head Back (4:13)
  7. 7 Grand Hang Out - Young Tru (4:50)
  8. 8 Getcha Getcha - St. Lunatics (4:37)
  9. 9 Another One (4:41)
  10. 10 Spida Man (4:51)
  11. 11 Playa (3:56)
  12. 12 Down in da Water - Gube Thug (4:20)
  13. 13 Boy - Lil' Flip (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Primary Artist, Rap
Christina Aguilera Vocals
Trife Keyboards
Loretta J. Galbreath Choir Director
Jasper Cameron Vocals
Remy Martin Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Tesh Composer
Phalon Alexander Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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
Bruce Wayne Producer
T-Mix Producer
Pharrell Williams Composer
H Composer
The Alchemist Producer
The 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
Al Byno Engineer
Phillip Duckett Composer, Producer
Loretta J. Galbreath Direction
Doe Audio Production
Jasper Cameron Producer
Jayson Bridges Composer, Producer
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