Talk a Good Game

Talk a Good Game

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by Kelly Rowland
     
 

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Kelly Rowland had moderate early success as a solo artist, but her releases seemed reactive to the climate of contemporary R&B -- like she was either struggling to find her own voice, or was stifled by the industry. Just as it seemed like she might be neglected for good, the Top 20 Hot 100 hit "Motivation" and the following Here I Am placed her at the forefrontSee more details below

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Kelly Rowland had moderate early success as a solo artist, but her releases seemed reactive to the climate of contemporary R&B -- like she was either struggling to find her own voice, or was stifled by the industry. Just as it seemed like she might be neglected for good, the Top 20 Hot 100 hit "Motivation" and the following Here I Am placed her at the forefront of pop-R&B. Instead of a four- or five-year wait -- the length of the gaps between her second and third albums -- Talk a Good Game followed within two years. Unsurprisingly, its makeup is quite similar to that of Rowland's previous release. It begins with a pair of suggestive/explicit tracks in "Freak," a jam co-produced by Danja and Rico Love, and the Mike Will collaboration "Kisses Down Low." After "Motivation" and the conspicuously absent "Ice," the latter verges on overkill but contains a hard-to-resist melody and light-hearted touch. The following "Gone" is a violent derailment that, like Janet Jackson's superior "Got 'til It's Gone," incorporates Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," but the album quickly stabilizes with satisfying, if mostly unexciting, material. Other than the lack of European dance-pop, the main difference between this set and Here I Am is the presence of Rowland's most revealing and powerful song. "Dirty Laundry," made with the-Dream and Carlos McKinney, is an adeptly ornamented ballad that openly details Rowland's envy of Beyoncé's solo success, as well as the pain that came from an abusive relationship. The mood then lifts with "You Changed," in which she's joined by Beyoncé and Michelle (just Michelle, no last name), but it's anticlimactic, no match for "Nuclear," the track the trio released earlier in the year. Along with the expected suggestive and/or explicit jams, significant deep cuts include like the moody and mellow "Red Wine" and the deluxe-only "Sky Walker" -- another Dream/McKinney track.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602537415069
catalogNumber:
001856602
Rank:
94094

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelly Rowland   Primary Artist
Lee Blaske   Keyboards
J.D. Anderson   Keyboards
Rico Love   Background Vocals
Kevin Cossom   Background Vocals
Rock City   Vocals
Jeremy McArthur   Drums,Keyboards
David Anderson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Carlos McKinney   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Andy Haller   Engineer
Kelly Rowland   Composer,Executive Producer
Julian Vasquez   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer,Digital Editing,Digital Arrangement
Lynn M. Scott   Marketing
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Hart Gunther   Engineer
Courtney Harrell   Composer
Tim Weatherspoon   Executive Producer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer
Adam Beyrer   Vocal Engineer
Ben Diehl   Composer
Runners   Producer
Scott Naughton   Engineer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva   Pro-Tools
Andrew Harr   Composer
Kevin Cossom   Composer,Vocal Producer
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Lonny Bereal   Vocal Producer
Thabiso Nkhereanye   Composer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
T-Minus   Producer
Yu Tsai   Cover Photo
Thurston McCrea   Vocal Engineer
Floyd Nathaniel Hills   Composer
Terius "The-Dream" Nash   Composer,Producer
Matthew Burnett   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Matthew "Boi Ida" Samuels   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Marcella Araica   Composer
Aya Merrill   Mastering
Harmony Samuels   Composer,Producer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Amber Streeter   Composer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Marquel Middlebrooks   Composer
Jon-David Anderson   Composer,Producer
Terrence Thorton   Composer
Carlos King   Engineer
Beau Vallis   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Jeremy McArthur   Composer,Programming,Producer
Myariah "Jane Handcock" Summers   Composer
David Anderson   Composer
David Anderson   Producer
Ben Billions   Producer

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