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Ginuwine earned his reputation among R&B fans by offering up irresistibly good eye and ear candy. On his multi-platinum discs The Bachelor and 100% Ginuwine, the pretty boy crooner dazzled listeners with his Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves and catchy hooks and harmonies accented by jerky, Timbaland-concocted beats. Since the release of his last disc, however, the Washington D.C. native has experienced his fair share of joy and pain, and those feelings inform the tracks on his third album, The Life. On the positive side, Ginuwine was celebrating his relationship with stunning rapper Sole´ and the birth of their child -- blissful events that are reflected in ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Ginuwine earned his reputation among R&B fans by offering up irresistibly good eye and ear candy. On his multi-platinum discs The Bachelor and 100% Ginuwine, the pretty boy crooner dazzled listeners with his Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves and catchy hooks and harmonies accented by jerky, Timbaland-concocted beats. Since the release of his last disc, however, the Washington D.C. native has experienced his fair share of joy and pain, and those feelings inform the tracks on his third album, The Life. On the positive side, Ginuwine was celebrating his relationship with stunning rapper Sole´ and the birth of their child -- blissful events that are reflected in the jubilant slow jams "Differences" and "Tribute to a Woman." Tragically, both of Ginuwine's parents died within the span of a year, and he pours his grief into the deeply confessional "Two Reasons I Cry." Although he has split management ties with Timbaland Tim contributes the stuttered-beat "That's How I Get Down," featuring Atlanta rapper Ludacris, The Life still serves a mix of sentimental ballads and lyrically forthright up-tempo and mid-tempo tracks. For instance, on the bluesy first single, "There It Is," Ginuwine offers an antithesis to Babyface's pushover anthem "Soon As I Get Home" and Destiny's Child's man bashing "Bills, Bills, Bills" with lyrics such as: "I'm not doing this shit for nothing/I pay the car note, light bills, house note/...what more do you want." Whether he's bearing his soul or giving his lady the boot, Ginuwine always keeps it real.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his third album, Ginuwine is even more of a practiced R&B loverman than he was on his first two releases. Big Dog Productions, Inc. and the team of Troy Oliver and Cory Rooney produce the bulk of the beats here, which, as usual, mostly range from slow to very slow tempos with such trendy touches as acoustic guitar passages. But all that just serves as a bed for Ginuwine's elastic tenor and his message to the women in his audience. The singer sounds like he's been reading women's magazines and tried to construct a persona that's as appealing as possible. "Baby," he croons in "Why Did You Go," "I'm sorry for whatever I've done and I want you to be my wife." In "Differences," he talks about how much he has improved since meeting the woman he's addressing, concluding, "I'm so responsible." Even when he's criticizing a woman, as he does in the album's first single, "There It Is," it's because she's not contributing to the relationship, while he's holding down a steady job and paying the bills. It's only in the album's eighth cut, "How Deep Is Your Love" an original, not the Bee Gees song, that he begins to apply pressure for sex, ungallantly suggesting that if the woman doesn't come across he'll start cheating on her. "Show After the Show" is a come-on to a post-concert groupie, which seems to negate what's gone before, and "Role Play" moves on to kinky sex, but in the album-closing "Just Because," Ginuwine acknowledges the temptations of his occupation and pleads, "I'm trying to learn to be committed." It's hard to believe that anyone who's swallowed his line before is going to become skeptical now, so The Life looks like another winner for him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646962220
  • Catalog Number: 69622

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Not Me (6:11)
  2. 2 There It Is (Interlude) (5:00)
  3. 3 2 Way (4:09)
  4. 4 Differences (4:25)
  5. 5 So True (3:14)
  6. 6 Tribute to a Woman (4:58)
  7. 7 Why Did You Go (6:05)
  8. 8 How Deep Is Your Love (4:21)
  9. 9 That's How I Get Down - Ludacris (4:13)
  10. 10 Show After the Show (4:21)
  11. 11 Role Play (3:52)
  12. 12 Open Arms (4:45)
  13. 13 Superhuman (4:10)
  14. 14 Two Reasons I Cry (5:15)
  15. 15 Just Because (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ginuwine Primary Artist, Vocals
Ludacris Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Carr Art Direction
Khris Kellow Producer
Greg Lawson Arranger, Producer, Additional Production
Mario Lucy Engineer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Tony Oliver Producer
Dan Shea Producer
Vlad Mastering
Rick Wake Arranger, Producer
D. Warren Composer
Diane Warren Executive Producer
Dan Hetzel Engineer
Raphael Saadiq Producer
Ginuwine Producer, Executive Producer
Timbaland Producer
Corey Rooney Producer
James Lassiter Management
Richie Jones Arranger, Producer, Additional Production
Julian Alexander Art Direction
Troy Oliver Producer
John Dukakis Management
Loren Dawson Producer
Big Dog Producer
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Ric Wake Arranger, Producer
Mario Luccy Engineer
Christopher Bridges Composer
C. Rooney Composer
T. Oliver Composer
R. Saadiq Composer
E. Lumpkin Composer
B. Terry Composer
J. Vines Composer
I. Wiley Composer
H. Garvin Composer
G. Lawson Composer
E. Joyner Composer
Cory Rooney Producer
Coey Roony Producer
Vlad the Impaler Mastering
M. Clinkscale Composer
L. Dawson Composer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent cd

    ginuwine is one of the best r and b artists of the 90s because he is representing for all of the men and what they need to do for a woman and i cant wait to meet him someday and whoever that does not have this cd needs to get smacked up side their head for not having one of the best cds of the ninties..............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    we cant see each other but is so close to our heart

    Ginuwine oh my god i'm his #1 FFAAANNN I LOVE all his songs and wit this album da came out( The Life )it touch my heart I dont know what it's it but I love da man I love his songs and his so great I recomend this CD because its great he talks about reallity of womens so go get this CD NOW!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Life

    I think this is slow music for the romance in your life. It speaks about how some women are and how they try to take advange of a good man. Ginuwine show his hurt in the song '' I Cry for Two Reasons'' which is a great examlpe of his skills that he uses in this albums. His creativity is outstanding. I really enjoy this album,especially at night when it is more romantic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Life

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM. it is so romantic especially when you have someone there with you. Ginuwine does it again he shows his creativity and in the song role play it is so erotic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OFF THE RICHTER SCALE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS CD IS DA BOMB! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT. THANKS GINUWINE FOR THIS OFF SCALE SONG DIFFERENCES. THE ENTIRE CD IS GREAT. KEEP IT UP G.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best album so far

    This album is my favorite album ever, all the tracks are great. I loved ''The bachelor'' and ''100%ginuwine'', but ''the life'' is the best of all. My favorite tracks are ''differences'' and ''superhuman'' I wish him success in every thing he does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE ALBUM

    The Life is the kind of album that speaks with a very loud voice to the heart on some of it's tracks. My boyfriend dedicated ''Differences'' to me before he went into the Navy this August, and to me the song was written just for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pretty girl living in a pretty world !!!!!!!!!

    This is the man with the master plan and the man that will make the mississippi over flow if you know what I mean????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD has my pazzaz which says in a slow whisper '' I stay hittin' your spots!''

    This CD is off the meters!! Every women or man in need of a real artist who brings out the true feelings and emotions. This CD is the one. GO cop this CD and holla!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HE'S DONE IT AGAIN!

    What an excellent album! I love it so much. A 'must buy' in your collection. Ginuwine....beyond words <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SAME OL' G, MINUS T. (TIMBALAND)

    THE CD IS OVERALL GOOD. GINUWINE IS MY NIZZEL, FA'SHO!! BUT THE ONLY SETBACK...........IT NEEDED MORE TIMBALAND PRODUCTION. ONLY REASON I DIDN'T GIVE IT 5 STARS. COP THIS JOINT, YA' HEARD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY BABY IS BACK !!!!!!!!

    GINUWINE HAS DONE IT AGAIN ANOTHER PLATINUM PLUS ALBUM WITH A WONDERFUL FLAVOR TO IT. I A REALLY REALLY LOVING THIS CD! IT'S A MUST HAVE FOR A T R U GINUFINE FAN. STAND OUT TRACK 2,4,9, 10

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