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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A frustrating release that pays off despite its messy, thrown-together compiling, Speech's Vagabond would be his most necessary solo album if it were only better groomed. Comprised mostly of tracks from his overlooked Down South Produckshuns and Peechy albums while adding some collaborations along with a couple new tracks, Vagabond puts its best foot forward with "Braided Hair," Speech's poignant and powerful collaboration with Neneh Cherry and 1 Giant Leap. Like much of Vagabond, the track recalls Arrested Development at their dreamiest and most intoxicating, but there's plenty of the pop and soul Speech came to master after putting his former group on hold. The sparse ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A frustrating release that pays off despite its messy, thrown-together compiling, Speech's Vagabond would be his most necessary solo album if it were only better groomed. Comprised mostly of tracks from his overlooked Down South Produckshuns and Peechy albums while adding some collaborations along with a couple new tracks, Vagabond puts its best foot forward with "Braided Hair," Speech's poignant and powerful collaboration with Neneh Cherry and 1 Giant Leap. Like much of Vagabond, the track recalls Arrested Development at their dreamiest and most intoxicating, but there's plenty of the pop and soul Speech came to master after putting his former group on hold. The sparse "Love" would have fit nicely on Prince's For You while "Shine" and "Gone Away" are both heartfelt, soulful numbers that fall somewhere between the Isley Brothers and the best Lenny Kravitz. Speech's own missteps are his underwhelming and previously unreleased cover of "Across the Universe" and the pleasant but pointless instrumental "Catch the Fire," but Vagabond's real problem is its lack of flow, with like tracks sitting next to each other and the stale aftertaste of old material being passed off as new with no explanation. Granted, the tracks from Down South Produckshuns and Peechy are all worthy of another listen and should be heard by anyone who appreciates edgy but responsible, poignant hip-hop. Vagabond is nearly filled with it, but requires too much rearranging and editing by the listener to be considered a classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Bluhammock
  • UPC: 899308000153
  • Catalog Number: 80015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Braided Hair - 1 Giant Leap (3:32)
  2. 2 Scandal (4:22)
  3. 3 No One Like You (3:46)
  4. 4 Shine (4:43)
  5. 5 Walking in the Sun (4:46)
  6. 6 Esmerelda (3:32)
  7. 7 Have Fun - One Love (4:45)
  8. 8 What You Give (3:36)
  9. 9 Ferret Lady (Skit) (1:12)
  10. 10 Love (3:20)
  11. 11 Across the Universe (4:16)
  12. 12 Catch the Fire (4:39)
  13. 13 Gone Away (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Speech Primary Artist, scratching, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Duncan Bridgeman Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Neneh Cherry Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eddie Davis Trumpet
Montsho Eshe Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ron Kerber Flute, Saxophone
Sultan Muhammad Saxophone
Don Rasa Vocals, Guest Appearance
Laurnea Wilkerson Background Vocals
Victor Wooten Bass, Guest Appearance
Lafayette Summers Background Vocals
Omar Phillips Drums
Eddie Stokes Strings, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Ike "Za" Williams Bass
1 Giant Leap Guest Appearance
Antonio Allen Saxophone
Monyea Crawford Keyboards
Michelle Young Background Vocals
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Guest Appearance
Madilin Gangelhoff Spanish Vocals
Tyrone Gregg Keyboards
W.B. Hobson Background Vocals
Brad Klump Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ian Lawler Guitar, Vocals
Mike Mullis Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tammy Newbill Background Vocals
Ben Smith Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Brent Whiten Strings, Trumpet
Zuni Whels Chant
One Love Track Performer
E.J. Hughes Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Duncan Bridgeman Composer, Programming
Neneh Cherry Composer
Michael Musmanno Producer, Engineer
Speech Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Photo Art
Victor Wooten Composer
Blake Eiseman Engineer
Ulali Composer
One Love Composer
Jamie Catto Composer
1 Giant Leap Producer
Donn Aaron Digital Editing
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Producer, Engineer, beats
Yuki Kawakita Cover Art
Brad Klump Composer
Jennifer Stamper Contributor
Paige Summer Photo Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    Finally, a hip/hop CD that is for grown folk. I've been waiting for something like this for years. It is an eclectic album. My favorite song is Shine. I would recommend this CD to anyone, mothers, father, children, etc. everyone can listen to this CD

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