The Way It Is [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An advantage Keyshia Cole has over a lot of her young contemporaries is experience. As a foster child growing up in Oakland, she went through a lot of downs, and from the sounds of The Way It Is, her first album, she's had her share of complex relationships. Cole had a hand in the writing of just about every track, and she has a number of major players -- Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ron Fair Christina Aguilera, Mya, E-Poppi Missy Elliott, Destiny's Child -- in her corner. With only a couple exceptions, The Way It Is is about the ugly parts of a romantic relationship, so there's little room left for upbeat material. From the opener, "I Just Want It To Be Over," ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An advantage Keyshia Cole has over a lot of her young contemporaries is experience. As a foster child growing up in Oakland, she went through a lot of downs, and from the sounds of The Way It Is, her first album, she's had her share of complex relationships. Cole had a hand in the writing of just about every track, and she has a number of major players -- Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ron Fair Christina Aguilera, Mya, E-Poppi Missy Elliott, Destiny's Child -- in her corner. With only a couple exceptions, The Way It Is is about the ugly parts of a romantic relationship, so there's little room left for upbeat material. From the opener, "I Just Want It To Be Over," the album seems to be set up like a linear narrative about a crumbling relationship, but it doesn't quite play out that way, with the scenes shuffled out of order. "Love," one of the positive songs, comes after the song where the punk gets dumped and before the song where he's called out for changing. None of it's all that profound, but Cole sells it all extremely well, especially on "I Should Have Cheated," where she tires of an accusing and hypocritical lover "I should go have my fun and do all the things you say I do". Cole's voice is sweet and ringing, like a wiser version of Lil' Mo who has had to weather a tremendous amount of drama. She could be around for a while. "Never," her hit song from the Barbershop 2 soundtrack, is included. [A clean version of the album was also made available.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498832233
  • Catalog Number: 000498502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (I Just Want It) To Be Over (4:01)
  2. 2 I Changed My Mind (3:18)
  3. 3 Love, I Thought You Had My Back (4:10)
  4. 4 I Should Have Cheated (5:27)
  5. 5 Guess What? (3:45)
  6. 6 Love (4:15)
  7. 7 You've Changed (4:16)
  8. 8 We Could Be (3:11)
  9. 9 Situations (4:46)
  10. 10 Down and Dirty (3:51)
  11. 11 Superstar (3:47)
  12. 12 Never (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keyshia Cole Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Ron Fair Organ, Harmonica, Percussion
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Gary Grant Horn
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Jerry Hey Horn
Dan Higgins Flute, Horn
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Joel Peskin Horn
Katia Popov Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Josefina Vergara Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Suzie Katayama Cello
Natalie Leggett Violin
Nico Abondolo Bass
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Alan Grunfield Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Steve Rodriguez Bass Guitar
Tal Herzberg Bass
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Chink Santana Multi Instruments
Dave Walther Viola
Songa Lee Violin
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
C.J. Johnson Composer
Ron Fair Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Loren Hill Producer
Kevin Veney Producer
Chapman Baehler Cover Art, Inlay Photography
Daron Jones Producer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
A. Parker Composer
Kanye West Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Michelle Thomas Label Design
J.D. Andrew Vocal Engineer
Tal Herzberg Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Producer
S. Garrett Composer
G.M. Cole Composer
Chink Santana Producer
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Rich Shelton Producer
Keyshia Cole Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Shannon Braxton Engineer
Sean Garrett Producer, Vocal Producer
K. Cole Composer
Ashley Fox Label Design
Manny Halley Executive Producer, Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice but Not Outstanding

    I thought the album had its moments. She has great melodies and a voice. Girl can blow! It's a raw album, but not the best I've ever heard. She got me rockin the sunglasses!

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