The Point of It All

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released almost exactly three years after Ain't Nobody Worryin', The Point of It All has a slightly lighter tone compared to that of its immediate predecessor and Comin' from Where I'm From. But just as Anthony Hamilton has been able to incorporate modern sounds that fit with his Southern soul throwback voice, the contrasting feel of this album comes through its subtleties. Take "Cool," the album's lead single, which parlays the stress of financial strain into a good time without resembling mindless escapism. The album's opener, "The News," is as poignant as Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" and Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" (the latter even quoted), but it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released almost exactly three years after Ain't Nobody Worryin', The Point of It All has a slightly lighter tone compared to that of its immediate predecessor and Comin' from Where I'm From. But just as Anthony Hamilton has been able to incorporate modern sounds that fit with his Southern soul throwback voice, the contrasting feel of this album comes through its subtleties. Take "Cool," the album's lead single, which parlays the stress of financial strain into a good time without resembling mindless escapism. The album's opener, "The News," is as poignant as Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" and Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" (the latter even quoted), but it is likewise delivered through swashbuckling blaxploitation-style funk. Vocally, Hamilton has never been as dynamic as he is on this song, switching between his grittily textured baritone and surprisingly effective upper register. As much power is leant to some of the ballads: "Please Stay" is startling in its heartfelt regret; "The Point of It All," sparse and elegant, is like the 3 a.m. version of "Can't Let Go," equally steamy and romantic. There are lulls, such as the drippy adult contemporary of "Her Heart," but they're offset (and then some) by the standouts. At least a third of the album's contents would have to be part of any representative introduction to Hamilton. In fact, this puts a cap on a three-album run as remarkable as any other in 2000s R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886972338729
  • Catalog Number: 723387
  • Sales rank: 21,227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The News (3:34)
  2. 2 Cool - David Banner (4:15)
  3. 3 The Day We Met (3:57)
  4. 4 Diamond in the Rough (3:37)
  5. 5 I Did It for Sho (3:19)
  6. 6 Hard to Breathe (4:12)
  7. 7 Soul's on Fire (4:23)
  8. 8 Please Stay (5:03)
  9. 9 The Point of It All (3:50)
  10. 10 Fallin' in Love (3:07)
  11. 11 Prayin' for You/Superman (7:54)
  12. 12 Her Heart (4:03)
  13. 13 Fine Again (4:30)
  14. 14 She's Gone (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony Hamilton Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Bobby Ross Avila Bass, Piano, Background Vocals
Mark Batson Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Fatin Dantzler Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Tambourine, Theremin, Hand Clapping, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer, Foot Stomping
James "Big Jim" Wright Hammond B3
Heavy D Strings
Dan Hastie Organ
Issiah "IZ" Avila Percussion, Drums
Idris Davis Bass
Jack Splash & the Love Life Orchestra Track Performer
Tarsha Hamilton Background Vocals
Natural Guitar
Pascal Guyon Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bobby Ross Avila Composer, Producer
Bruce Irvine Engineer
Salaam Remi Composer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Mark Batson Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Chris Chavez Engineer
Anthony Hamilton Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Rebecca Meek Package Art Direction
Kelvin Wooten Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Water Bottle
Andre Harris Composer, Instrumentation
James "Big Jim" Wright Composer, Producer
James M. Wisner Engineer
Lavell Crump Composer
Vidal Davis Composer, Instrumentation
Heavy D Producer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Aaron Fessel Engineer
Jack Splash Arranger, Composer, Producer
Josh Houghkirk Engineer
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Mike Tsarfati Engineer
Issiah "IZ" Avila Composer, Producer
Stephen Coleman String Arrangements
Tyler Gordon Engineer
Eli Davis Executive Producer, Management
Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell Marketing
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Anthony Hamilton does it again.....

    Wonderful CD, makes you laugh and cry..... Anthony Hamilton is a soulful singer, makes you think of the love you have now and the love you have lost.

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