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The Declaration

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On her fourth proper studio album, Ashanti remains with The Inc., but you would not know it unless you checked for the logo. The closest tie is the occasional presence of ex-Irv Gotti associate and longtime Ashanti collaborator Seven Aurelius who now calls himself Channel 7, followed by a minor assist from Chink Santana. Gotti himself is nowhere to be found. L.T. Hutton Snoop Dogg, Bone is behind most of the production work, with a handful of notables -- Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Ron Feemster, Babyface, Akon, and...Diane Warren -- on separate tracks. Even though this album marks a nearly complete break from The Inc., it's very much in line with what came before it, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On her fourth proper studio album, Ashanti remains with The Inc., but you would not know it unless you checked for the logo. The closest tie is the occasional presence of ex-Irv Gotti associate and longtime Ashanti collaborator Seven Aurelius who now calls himself Channel 7, followed by a minor assist from Chink Santana. Gotti himself is nowhere to be found. L.T. Hutton Snoop Dogg, Bone is behind most of the production work, with a handful of notables -- Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Ron Feemster, Babyface, Akon, and...Diane Warren -- on separate tracks. Even though this album marks a nearly complete break from The Inc., it's very much in line with what came before it, hardly a major departure. Each Ashanti release has had at least one major single, and in this case it's "The Way That I Love You," more in the mold and spirit of "Rain on Me" -- full of similarly effective melodramatic flourishes -- if much more vengeful in nature than depressive. Nothing is quite as irresistibly fun as "Baby" or "Rock wit U," or as sexy as "Only U," but "You're Gonna Miss" comes close in the case of the former, while the lifeless Akon/Nelly feature "Body on Me" is no good at all, containing no distinguishing qualities. Bottom line, this is neither a great nor a poor Ashanti album. It's decent, just like the rest of them.
Billboard
As the title suggests, The Declaration is in many ways about womanhood and empowerment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517720404
  • Catalog Number: 001131802
  • Sales rank: 62,955

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:05)
  2. 2 The Way That I Love You (4:27)
  3. 3 You're Gonna Miss (3:14)
  4. 4 So Over You (4:00)
  5. 5 Struggle (4:34)
  6. 6 Girlfriend (3:30)
  7. 7 Things You Make Me Do - Robin Thicke (4:28)
  8. 8 In These Streets (4:24)
  9. 9 Good Good (3:37)
  10. 10 Body on Me - Akon (3:20)
  11. 11 Mother (5:10)
  12. 12 Shine (3:40)
  13. 13 The Declaration (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ashanti Primary Artist
Khris Kellow Keyboards
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Peter Stengaard Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Chad Beat Background Vocals
Seven Aurelius Background Vocals
Channel 7 Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jermaine Dupri Producer
Bob Horn Engineer
Mario Lucy Engineer
Manuel Seal Jr. Producer
Diane Warren Executive Producer
Rodney Jerkins Producer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer, Producer
Mike Donaldson Engineer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
L.T. Hutton Composer
James M. Wisner Engineer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Peter Stengaard Programming, Producer, Engineer
Christopher Kornmann Art Direction
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Chad Beat Programming, Producer
Sam Lobue II Engineer
Andros Rodriguez Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster Producer
Keith Bizz Programming, Producer
Channel 7 Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Someone

    Ashanti sang well in this album, I think she really did a good job. To me, I love the song &quot Mother&quot which is the most marvelous song I have ever listened. I hope you will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DECLARATION

    Ashanti did a good job on this album. I was waiting ti hear an album with irv gotti on it. She mixed with other artist like akon, nelly, robin thicke, and much more overall it is a good album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This was a great album! It showed the mature side to Ashanti. She has a lot of "old school" flavor on this album that kept you wanting more. This comes highly recommended..you will love it!

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    Posted November 15, 2008

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