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The Return

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
During American Idol's second season, Ruben Studdard became an early front-runner, thanks to his Luther Vandross-reminiscent vocals and jovial personality. Even brutally honest judge Simon Cowell couldn't help but cheer for Studdard -- dubbed by fans the Velvet Teddy Bear. Unfortunately, the Alabama native's win and his debut disc, Soulful, were eclipsed by the geeky, Barry Manilow-esque Season 2 runner-up, Clay Aiken. And whereas Aiken went on to multi-platinum success, a network television special, and an arena tour, Studdard settled for modest record sales and a chitlin' circuit tour of colleges and small venues. So there's a lot riding on The Return, Studdard's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
During American Idol's second season, Ruben Studdard became an early front-runner, thanks to his Luther Vandross-reminiscent vocals and jovial personality. Even brutally honest judge Simon Cowell couldn't help but cheer for Studdard -- dubbed by fans the Velvet Teddy Bear. Unfortunately, the Alabama native's win and his debut disc, Soulful, were eclipsed by the geeky, Barry Manilow-esque Season 2 runner-up, Clay Aiken. And whereas Aiken went on to multi-platinum success, a network television special, and an arena tour, Studdard settled for modest record sales and a chitlin' circuit tour of colleges and small venues. So there's a lot riding on The Return, Studdard's third disc, and he largely succeeds in making the comeback his career sorely needed. The single "Change Me" is a tasty slice of contemporary soul on which Studdard chastises his lady for being overly critical: "You used to like your big ole' teddy bear / You used to let me get it anywhere." And on the mid-tempo groove "What the Business Is," the overweight lover -- who recently shed a few pounds -- hits a Ronald Isley-worthy falsetto amid the track's bass-heavy beats. Elsewhere, the songs range from the signature ballad "Our Story" to the requisite Mack Daddy track, "Get U Loose." The disc ends on a high note with a remake of the late Vandross's "If Only for One Night." Welcome back, Ruben.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828767896120
  • Catalog Number: 78961
  • Sales rank: 245,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruben Studdard Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Russell Background Vocals, Musician
Mocha Background Vocals
Tank Background Vocals
Daren Barker King Guitar
The Underdogs Musician
Technical Credits
Brenda Russell Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mark Green Composer
Leon Huff Composer
James Poyser Composer, Producer
Steve Russell Composer, Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Dr. Henry Panion III Producer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Damon Thomas Composer
Francesco Romano Composer
James Bevelle Engineer, Vocal Engineer
James Scheffer Composer
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Antoine "Yella" Carraby Composer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Happy Perez Producer, Instrumentation
Mike Tocci Engineer
Kevin Cates Composer, Producer
Kamel Abdo Engineer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Jason Boyd Composer, Producer
Wayne Allison Engineer
Harold Lilly Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Conrad Golding Engineer
Ruben Studdard Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Anita Marisa Boriboon Art Direction
Jim Jonsin Producer
Matthew "Vudu" McAllister Composer
Chris Spilfogel Engineer
Chris LeBeau Photo Production
Antonio Dixon Composer
Alvin Garrett Producer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Ne-Yo Vocal Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer
Daniel Laporte Engineer
Bre Scullark Cover Model
Luke Boyd Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Michael Stuckey Producer
The Underdogs Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Every Song!

    Ruben finally shows his talent and why he deserved to win American Idol. He sounds like he is serenading me exclusively. I love all of his slow songs, his voice is velvet. He even showcases his high- register range which is definitely a treat. His fast-tempo songs are good too but I'll press repeat for every slow song. Go buy! You will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too much bass beat

    Ruben has a great voice and could really sing a variety of songs, but chose to stay with the heavy bass-beat songs geared toward a specific demographics. Nice, but too much of the heavy thumping beat throughout not what I would want to play for the 35+ crowd, except for song #14 - - great job on that one and very sophisticated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT A RETURN!!!!

    WOW!!!! I am floored, this is the Ruben I have been waiting for to emerge and he has done it in a big way. I absolutely love every minute of it. October 17th will be my day of celebration. WELCOME BACK RUBEN!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Velvet Teddy Bear is Back!!!!

    I have listen to the album, and it's great. I believe that Ruben has found his sound and style with this album. It's the Ruben I like to hear. This is the Ruben we remember and love.

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