Talk a Good Game [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537415168
  • Catalog Number: 001856902
  • Sales rank: 32,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freak (4:34)
  2. 2 Kisses Down Low (4:14)
  3. 3 Gone - Wiz Khalifa (4:17)
  4. 4 Talk a Good Game - Kevin Cossom (3:23)
  5. 5 Down on Love (4:10)
  6. 6 Dirty Laundry (5:29)
  7. 7 You Changed - Harmony Samuels (3:56)
  8. 8 I Remember (3:43)
  9. 9 Red Wine (4:21)
  10. 10 This Is Love (3:37)
  11. 11 Street Life - Pusha T (3:44)
  12. 12 Stand in Front of Me (3:52)
  13. 13 Sky Walker - Terius "The-Dream" Nash (3:28)
  14. 14 Put Your Name on It - Harmony Samuels (4:43)
  15. 15 #1 (4:31)
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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, Producer
LaShawn Daniels Vocal Producer
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
The-Dream Composer
Rico Love Composer, Producer
Adam Beyrer Vocal Engineer
Danja Producer
Ben Diehl Composer
The Runners Producer
Scott Naughton Engineer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva Pro-Tools
Marz Producer
Andrew Harr Composer
Kevin Cossom Composer, Vocal Producer
Los DaMystro 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 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 II 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
Jamal Rashid Composer
Myariah "Jane Handcock" Summers Composer
David Anderson Composer
David Anderson III Producer
Ben Billions Producer
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