The Reason

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Discovered through Fame Academy, the BBC's ill-fated and little-watched answer to Pop Idol, soul singer Lemar has gone on to surpass the longevity of most of his more highly publicized talent show counterparts over an impressively consistent five-year career. But while comparisons to the likes of Al Green and Sam Cooke certainly helped to distance him from his less than credible beginnings, his brand of retro-soul, which sounded so fresh on 2003 debut Dedicated, has started to appear a little stale, especially when compared to the inventive club-friendly output of Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. Indeed, even Craig David stepped outside of his acoustic-based comfort zone to produce a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Discovered through Fame Academy, the BBC's ill-fated and little-watched answer to Pop Idol, soul singer Lemar has gone on to surpass the longevity of most of his more highly publicized talent show counterparts over an impressively consistent five-year career. But while comparisons to the likes of Al Green and Sam Cooke certainly helped to distance him from his less than credible beginnings, his brand of retro-soul, which sounded so fresh on 2003 debut Dedicated, has started to appear a little stale, especially when compared to the inventive club-friendly output of Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. Indeed, even Craig David stepped outside of his acoustic-based comfort zone to produce a few dancefloor-fillers for his recent Greatest Hits retrospective. But following the disappointing sales of his derivative '60s soul pastiche The Truth About Love, the Brit and MOBO Award-winner has opted for something a little more contemporary for his fourth studio album, The Reason. Recorded in Miami, Los Angeles, and Sweden with a hotshot team of producers including Soulshock & Karlin Beyoncé, Salaam Remi Britney Spears, and Jim Jonsin Nelly, it's undoubtedly a more concerted effort to halt the worrying career slide that saw his previous single, "Tick Tock," scrape in at a lowly number 45. But rather than panicking and overloading its ten tracks with processed beats and Hi-NRG trance riffs, The Reason wisely plays it more subtle, bridging the gap between his old-fashioned previous output and a more modern electro-focused sound. So for every shimmering synth-led R&B number "If She Knew", there's an authentic attempt at Marvin Gaye-esque soul "Not What You Say", and for every Usher-inspired slow jam "Wait Forever", there's a crack at Little Richard-style bluesy jazz-pop "Heartbreaker". While The Reason's lack of originality still leaves Lemar searching for a full body of work that lives up to the standards of his vocal talents, its blend of old school and new school is a marked improvement on his previous vintage soulman routine, which should help to reverse his decreasing chart fortunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 886973398821
  • Catalog Number: 733988
  • Sales rank: 375,751

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Reason (3:30)
  2. 2 Weight of the World (4:18)
  3. 3 Little Miss Heartbreaker (3:55)
  4. 4 If She Knew (4:07)
  5. 5 Trust Me (4:17)
  6. 6 Over You (3:46)
  7. 7 Mayday (3:35)
  8. 8 Wait Forever (3:31)
  9. 9 Not What You Say (3:16)
  10. 10 Black Tide (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lemar Primary Artist
Vincent Henry Saxophone
Salaam Remi Bass, Guitar, Drums
Derrick McKenzie Drums
Daniel Lemma Background Vocals
Jim Beanz Background Vocals
Erik Arvinder Strings
Mathias Wollo Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Louis Biancaniello Producer
Cutfather Producer
Joe Gonzalez Engineer
Bill Malina Engineer
Salaam Remi Arranger, Producer
Fitzgerald Scott Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Sam Watters Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
James Cruz Mastering
James M. Wisner Engineer
Daniel Lemma Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Jim Jonsin Producer
Jack Splash Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Claude Kelly Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Jim Beanz Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Mathias Wollo Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro Engineer
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