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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
What's surprising about Lyfe Jennings' career is that not only does his soulful music recall the freedom the soul genre experienced in the early '70s but how his major label, Sony, gives him that freedom in the rather stilted 21st century. Listening to his sophomore effort, The Phoenix, the question could be raised as to who is responsible for the album's heavy Kanye West and John Legend influence. Legend's emotional, piano-driven style rears its head often and West's elaborate ambition is all over the place, but a couple listens in, it's obvious that Jennings is responsible for all the unique moves and doubtful that Sony told him, "We need you to be our Kanye." The fact...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
What's surprising about Lyfe Jennings' career is that not only does his soulful music recall the freedom the soul genre experienced in the early '70s but how his major label, Sony, gives him that freedom in the rather stilted 21st century. Listening to his sophomore effort, The Phoenix, the question could be raised as to who is responsible for the album's heavy Kanye West and John Legend influence. Legend's emotional, piano-driven style rears its head often and West's elaborate ambition is all over the place, but a couple listens in, it's obvious that Jennings is responsible for all the unique moves and doubtful that Sony told him, "We need you to be our Kanye." The fact Sony gave the man's debut plenty of time to sink in with the public -- they worked it for an eternity by 21st century standards -- is a clue, but the proof is all over The Phoenix, a giant of an album with giant rewards, giant flaws, and grand swoops of unbridled creativity that somehow got Sony's stamp of approval. First off, there's a song-explaining interlude between practically every track, something that wears out its welcome in three listens or so. The interludes that bridge "Goodbye" excellent and achingly poignant, "Let's Stay Together" silky smooth, and "Biggie Nigga" uplifting and fascinating are especially clumsy, with Lyfe explaining how he faced the "making up is easier than breaking up" conundrum and made the more difficult choice, then made the easier choice, then dumped his lady for another girl who made him feel like the Notorious B.I.G. The chitter-chatter undermines this killer trilogy of songs, but if you want a really strange move, check out how the tougher-than-tough "Slow Down" with G-Unit member Young Buck uses the Gilligan's Island theme for its hook. As part of the whole, it works beautifully, as do the outlandish lyrics dropped into "Biggie Nigga" "I was breast-fed by Godzilla" and "The River" "I'm cursing the vagina that gave life to me", since they're surrounded by eye-level views of Lyfe's past and his delivery is always convincing. On top of it all, he pulls off the tricky "sexual abstinence" song "S.E.X." without a hitch, throws out enough bold ideas and grand statements for two West records, and his raspy voice is as rich as ever. The Phoenix is a crazy, big, flawed album, but it's a trip, and a riveting one that anyone who loved his debut will want to take.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969640524
  • Catalog Number: 96405
  • Sales rank: 25,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:54)
  2. 2 Interlude (0:21)
  3. 3 Slow Down - Doc Black (3:45)
  4. 4 Interlude (0:18)
  5. 5 Goodbye (5:05)
  6. 6 Interlude (0:23)
  7. 7 Let's Stay Together (4:35)
  8. 8 Interlude (0:27)
  9. 9 Biggie Nigga (2:40)
  10. 10 Interlude (0:26)
  11. 11 Ghetto Superman (4:21)
  12. 12 Interlude (0:28)
  13. 13 S.E.X. - Lala Brown (3:18)
  14. 14 Interlude (0:25)
  15. 15 Down Here, Up There (3:13)
  16. 16 Interlude (0:30)
  17. 17 The River (3:13)
  18. 18 Interlude (0:20)
  19. 19 Still Here (4:47)
  20. 20 Interlude (0:27)
  21. 21 More Than a Girl (4:16)
  22. 22 Interlude (0:26)
  23. 23 Stingy (4:11)
  24. 24 Interlude (0:22)
  25. 25 Radio (3:35)
  26. 26 Interlude (0:59)
  27. 27 Keep Ya Head Up (3:46)
  28. 28 I'll Always Love You (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyfe Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar, Background Vocals
Sanford Allen Violin, Concert Master
Erik Friedlander Cello
Antoine Silverman Violin
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers Violin
Ashley Horne Violin
Pauline Kim Violin
Ricardo Ramos Guitar
Susan Heerema Violin
Gregg August Double Bass
Charles "Chuck" Jennings Vocals
Sandra Billingsly Violin
Christina Courtin Violin
Chris Darrington Vocals
Chance Jennings Vocals
Phillip Patton Violin
Larenia Ponce Violin
Leonardo Suaret Pag Violin
Zaneta Tiggett Background Vocals
Lala Brown Track Performer
Doc Black Track Performer
Kristina Reiko Cooper Cello
Dave Eggar Cello
Jennifer Choi Violin
Ron Lawrence Viola
Technical Credits
Bob Belden String Conductor, Strings Orchestrator
Rich Keller Producer, Engineer
Roger Composer
George Wyle Composer
David Kutch Mastering
Chris Woehrle Logo Design
Sherwood Schwartz Composer
Jeff Robbins Management
Joy Bounds Management
Lyfe Jennings Producer, String Arrangements
Jeanine McLean Griffin Management
P.T. Houston Composer
Heineken Gordan Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Sophmore Album!!!

    Great CD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Cd

    I love the cd. Lyfe is talented and has a very good voice. That album with no doubt will go platinum.Songs are all about real life. Good job lyfe it will be # 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GO GET THIS!!

    Just got this album, OH MY, This man is unreal, his voice is awesome, the words to his songs are awesome, This is music you can really really feel!!! The album cover is off the hook. Him showing his love for God in his songs is just so cool! This is the artist for a long time to come!!! Go get this album and listen to some REAL music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LYFE!!!!

    This ablum is ghetto gospel. Lyfe has done it again with bangin beats and lyrics that make your spirit cry and reminise. I love this artist with everything in me. I hope he continues to make ablums that are sound tracks for real lyfe situations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not happy at all with this purchase. Not at all.

    I didn't realize he had another album out until I saw a review in People Mag. I went out and bought it today (without hesitation) because the first album was so good. I ended up skipping the first song after a while - too noisey...I think this album is "just okay." Perhaps it will grow on me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lyfe talks about life

    Once again Lyfe takes listeners on a journey to hear what's going on in his world and as expected, I enjoyed it for the most part. Cons: He does a little bit of rhyming, but it's that simplistic rhyming where a rapper rhymes the FIRST word that makes sense, instead of trying to play around with multisyllabics. I wasn't feeling the guest appearances at all, especially from the people who did them. Lyfe is better off doing a cd alone. Although he did the type of socially conscious song I could see Tupac doing in a heartbeat, I thought Lyfe remaking Tupac's "Keep Ya Head Up" was a huge mistake. His version was mediocre and there's no need to copycat when his unique sound is so outstanding. Pros: This man is so smooth without even trying to be. "Stingy" had more come-on lines than a little bit and all of them were slick. The man said he was jealous of his woman's clothes because they touch her more than he does. I had to grin at that one. I bought his cd solely for "S.E.X." because it's so refreshing for somebody to talk to these young girls who are so quick to give it up just to be in the "in" crowd. Coming from someone like Lyfe, I really do hope they listen. Minus that first loud song at the beginning, I could just let this cd play out while I'm relaxing around the house. It's refreshing for a man to express how he feels about a woman, and NOT in a disrespectful way all the time. I'm burnt out on both sexes complaining with no merit Lyfe actually gives reasons for what he does and doesn't like in his relationships instead of generalizing everybody. I think this dude is working with great potential and I'm very content with his music. Keep it going, Mr. Jennings!

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