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The Makings of Me [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Ten years and four albums deep into a career while many singers her age are just getting started, Monica has now been through enough in her life to fully relate to all the subject matter she works with. Despite the title of the album and all her talk about making a more personal set of songs than before, she isn't credited as a songwriter on any of these ten songs -- all the more peculiar given that the songs she co-wrote on 2003's After the Storm were hardly problematic. She evidently went through some more storms and significant life experiences after she last recorded including the birth of her son and a perhaps predictably rocky relationship with Young Buck, and though...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Ten years and four albums deep into a career while many singers her age are just getting started, Monica has now been through enough in her life to fully relate to all the subject matter she works with. Despite the title of the album and all her talk about making a more personal set of songs than before, she isn't credited as a songwriter on any of these ten songs -- all the more peculiar given that the songs she co-wrote on 2003's After the Storm were hardly problematic. She evidently went through some more storms and significant life experiences after she last recorded including the birth of her son and a perhaps predictably rocky relationship with Young Buck, and though she wasn't involved in the songwriting process, she certainly sounds more connected to her material. After the obligatory club track -- the decent but ultimately forgettable "Everytime tha Beat Drop," featuring fellow Atlantans Dem Franchize Boyz -- The Makings of Me rolls through a concise and mostly sweet if occasionally unremarkable set of songs that don't depart far from After the Storm. Missy Elliott remains a valuable collaborator: the Curtis Mayfield-sampling "A Dozen Roses You Remind Me" is practically a replay of the similarly nostalgia-tinted "So Gone," albeit a welcomed one; "Doin' Me Right" is the album's "Knock Knock," providing yet another sweet twist on a soft-soul classic; "Gotta Move On" is a kiss-off dipped in honey. The minor drawback to each of these songs is that Elliott has yet to find a discreet way to put a vocal stamp on her productions. The Underdogs-produced "Sideline Ho" is the clearest instance where Monica didn't have to dig deep or put herself in someone else's shoes to sell her material: "Ain't you tired of being on the sideline?/Tired of getting yours after I get mine?" If she's the least bit jealous, the other woman would have no way of knowing. [This version adds a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2006
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017643129
  • Catalog Number: 21492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everytime tha Beat Drop - Dem Franchize Boyz (3:43)
  2. 2 A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me) (3:51)
  3. 3 Sideline Ho (3:45)
  4. 4 Why Her? (4:08)
  5. 5 Hell No (Leave Home) - Twista (4:44)
  6. 6 Doin' Me Right (3:19)
  7. 7 Raw - Swizz Beatz (3:43)
  8. 8 My Everything (3:40)
  9. 9 Gotta Move On (3:44)
  10. 10 Getaway (3:40)
  11. 11 Thanks for the Misery (6:14)
  12. 12 Everytime tha Beat Drop - Dem Franchize Boyz
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monica Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Russell Musician
Helen Kim Violin
Tom Knight Drums
Bryan-Michael Cox Musician
Charlene "Tweet" Keys Vocals
Alice Lord Viola
PJ Morton Piano, Keyboards
Tania Maxwell Clements Viola
Adelaide Federici Violin
Karen Freer Cello
P. David Hancock Cello
Jackie Pickett Double Bass
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Vocals
Technical Credits
Cliff C. Jones Producer
Miguel Castro Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Larry Eaglin Jackson Producer
Monica Producer, Executive Producer
James Phillips Composer
Steve Russell Composer, Producer
Manuel Seal Jr. Composer, Producer
Craig Brockman Composer
Damon Thomas Composer
Eric Dawkins Composer
Missy Elliott Composer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
David Kutch Mastering
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Wayne Bell Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Swizz Beatz Producer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Eddie Horst String Arrangements
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Producer
Harold Lilly Composer, Producer
Melinda Dancil Associate Executive Producer, Management
Antonio Dixon Composer
Sam Thomas Engineer
Corte Ellis Composer, Engineer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Dave "DaveyBoy" Lindsey Producer
Miguel "Pro" Castro Producer, String Arrangements
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Producer
Bernard "Jizzal Man" Leverette Composer
Maurice "Parlae" Gleaton Composer
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