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This is Me
     

This is Me

by Jully Black
 
Jully Black, after more than a decade of struggle to break into the music industry, finally made a dent with This Is Me. As stated during the into, outro, and, well, the title, This Is Me is meant to be a personal record, one that reflects an inner Jully, the "real" side of her. Ultimately, it fails. This Is Me does bear the mark of Black, as she

Overview

Jully Black, after more than a decade of struggle to break into the music industry, finally made a dent with This Is Me. As stated during the into, outro, and, well, the title, This Is Me is meant to be a personal record, one that reflects an inner Jully, the "real" side of her. Ultimately, it fails. This Is Me does bear the mark of Black, as she is credited as a writer on every track; however some tracks have up to six writers on them, which makes it seem as though her presence is ghostly. In addition, the album doesn't sparkle; This Is Me is bland R&B even in its stronger moments. There is no artistic showing on this album. Black sings fine, but even her vocals are dull and uninspiring. In a time period when R&B is all about the retro and samples and guest vocalists, Black remains stuck in a no-man's land singing about nothing, really. At its best moments -- "Sweat of Your Brow," a mildly infectious dance track, and "Calling You" -- there are tinges of reggae, but not nearly enough to credit Black with trying to put reggae on her album. The better portion of this album is so forgettable, and so insipid and sappy, that it's nearly unlistenable in one sitting. What is the saddest part of the disc, though, is that Black insists that this is her; that this is her as a singer, a person, and an artist. If this is her as an artist, then Black isn't much of an artist at all. There is a smidge of potential that scrapes through, but the casual listener might not even pick up on it and decide to stand by her. Better luck to Jully Black during her next swing at bat.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0075021039179
catalogNumber:
210391
Rank:
193553

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Performance Credits

Jully Black   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nas   Rap
Wayne Cooper   Guitar
Samuel Williams   Bass
Collin "Demarco" Edwards   Rap
Corte Ellis   Background Vocals
Toya Alexis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Deniece Williams   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Eddie Holman   Composer
Dave Pensado   Engineer
Erick "More" Morillo   Composer
Loren Hill   Composer,Producer
Kevin Veney   Composer,Producer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Mark Quashie   Composer
Kevin Fox   String Arrangements
Sidney Miller   Composer
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
Lenny Mollings   Composer
David "Gordo" Strickland   Engineer
Jully Black   Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Susan Michalek   Art Direction
Collin "Demarco" Edwards   Composer,Producer
Linda Philp   Art Direction
Corte Ellis   Composer
Johnny Mollings   Composer

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