Things in the Game Done Changed

Things in the Game Done Changed

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by Dave Hollister
     
 
Former Blackstreet member Dave Hollister has a problem all too common in R&B: finding songs half as memorable as his voice. But his third solo album -- and his first for Motown -- makes some progress in that quest, suggesting that a little Detroit magic might have rubbed off on this Chicago hustler. Despite its title, Things in the Game

Overview

Former Blackstreet member Dave Hollister has a problem all too common in R&B: finding songs half as memorable as his voice. But his third solo album -- and his first for Motown -- makes some progress in that quest, suggesting that a little Detroit magic might have rubbed off on this Chicago hustler. Despite its title, Things in the Game Done Changed doesn't mark any substantial shift in Hollister's formula: he still favors repetitive tunes rooted in gospel, substituting the ebb and flow of his powerful pipes for catchy hooks and melodies. It's an approach he shares with contemporaries like Gerald LeVert -- but while LeVert has made a virtue of consistency, concentrating exclusively on the bedroom, a little variety serves Hollister better. Working with a variety of producers (including Tank, a younger kindred spirit), Hollister eschews the hip-hop collaborations that marked Ghetto Hymns, but a few rousing soul shouters on the order of "We Gonna Make It," plus a newfound optimism, give this collection a welcome spark, and make you appreciate his ability to spin the thread of a good idea into complex emotional tapestries like "Tonight" and the anguished "Tell Me Why." There's still no hit that would give Hollister the recognition his voice deserves, but he's finally made an album as rock-solid as his singing style.

Editorial Reviews

Vibe
Hollister has sequenced his latest album like a love story. This structure, a sonic novella with every song moving that plot toward resolution, is the perfect template for showing off Hollister's amazing dexterity. 1/2 Serena Kim
The Source
Although some folks have slept on him, Hollister's keen insight into relationships hits like a ton of bricks in his newest endeavor on Motown, Things in the Game Done Changed. Janique Burke

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044001874727
catalogNumber:
018747

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Hollister   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wil Miller   Trumpet
Bob Robinson   Guitar
Sprague Williams   Talk Box
Dave Young Orchestra   Background Vocals
Michael Bereal   Organ

Technical Credits

Big Joe   Engineer
Allen Gordon   Producer
Dave Hollister   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Jamie Portee   Producer
Mark Dubuclet   Engineer
Gerald Haddon   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Andy Blakelock   Engineer
Angelo Quaglia   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Scott Kieklak   Engineer
Mike City   Producer
Loren Dawson   Producer
Brian Michael Cox   Producer
Blake English   Engineer
Shante Paige   Executive Producer
Mike Butler   Engineer
Donnie Scantz   Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Davel "Bo" McKenzie   Producer

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Things in the Game Done Changed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dave Hollister I love you and all of your music. If I had to change one thing, it would be that all your songs would be slow songs. If you would create an cd with nothing but slow songs you would have a hit cd on your hands.