This is Me

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 075021039179
  • Catalog Number: 210391
  • Sales rank: 261,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is Me (Intro) (1:53)
  2. 2 Hurt U Bad (4:02)
  3. 3 The Things You Do (4:14)
  4. 4 Sweat of Your Brow - DeMarco (3:20)
  5. 5 Calling You (3:20)
  6. 6 Stay the Night (2:50)
  7. 7 Free to Love You (3:18)
  8. 8 Material Things (4:26)
  9. 9 Double Life (3:53)
  10. 10 5x Love (4:02)
  11. 11 Just Life (3:17)
  12. 12 Lovin' You (3:39)
  13. 13 Living in the Ghetto (4:08)
  14. 14 Gotta Let You Know (Scream) (3:02)
  15. 15 I Travelled (5:14)
  16. 16 This Is Me (Outro) (1:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jully Black Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nas Rap
Wayne Cooper Guitar
Samuel Williams Jr. 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
Tom Coyne Mastering
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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