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Truth About Love

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Lemar Obika was a rare breed of singer who didn't fade back into obscurity after a brief moment of fame following an appearance on a reality TV talent show. In fact, Lemar, known only by his first name, actually improved his chart fortunes as time went along, The Truth About Love being his third album since his appearance in 2004 on one of the lesser-known shows, BBC's Fame Academy, and his first to crack the Top Three. Opening with a 26-second African spiritual that acknowledged his family's roots in Nigeria, the album quickly moved into familiar smooth soul territory, R&B from the 2000s, and up-to-date doo wop. The subject matter of the songs on The Truth About Love ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Lemar Obika was a rare breed of singer who didn't fade back into obscurity after a brief moment of fame following an appearance on a reality TV talent show. In fact, Lemar, known only by his first name, actually improved his chart fortunes as time went along, The Truth About Love being his third album since his appearance in 2004 on one of the lesser-known shows, BBC's Fame Academy, and his first to crack the Top Three. Opening with a 26-second African spiritual that acknowledged his family's roots in Nigeria, the album quickly moved into familiar smooth soul territory, R&B from the 2000s, and up-to-date doo wop. The subject matter of the songs on The Truth About Love was -- of course -- love, whether finding it or losing it or what happens in between, but there were also influences in the lyrics reflecting his charity work in Africa. The first single was "It's Not That Easy," a soulful and memorable number that hit the Top Ten, as had most of his singles to date. He invited a tightly knit studio band to play on every track, including bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Earl Harvin, and keyboard player Andy Wallace. Also featured are female vocalists and fellow soul artists Mica Paris on "Can't You See" which also includes a rap by Styles P and Joss Stone on the track "Anniversary."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2006
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828768946428
  • Catalog Number: 689464
  • Sales rank: 260,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:26)
  2. 2 Love Me or Leave Me (3:23)
  3. 3 It's Not That Easy (3:25)
  4. 4 Someone Should Tell You (3:44)
  5. 5 Be Faithful (3:32)
  6. 6 Tick Tock (3:31)
  7. 7 Just Can't Live Without Each Other Love (4:08)
  8. 8 Can't You See (3:05)
  9. 9 When a Heart Is Broken (4:07)
  10. 10 Caroline (2:27)
  11. 11 Let's Fall in Love (Interlude) (0:47)
  12. 12 Anniversary (4:09)
  13. 13 Beauty Queen (3:40)
  14. 14 Your Face (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lemar Primary Artist
Gary Grant Trumpet
Earl Harvin Drums
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Pino Palladino Bass
Andy Wallace Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Patricia Scott Background Vocals
Joy Malcolm Background Vocals
Adam Phillips Guitar
Carol Riley Background Vocals
Paul Meehan Keyboards
Jon Allen Background Vocals
Joss Stone Vocals
Jamie Hartman Piano
Darren Ellison Background Vocals
Matt Furmidge Percussion, Drums
Ralph Morrison III Concert Master
Technical Credits
Terry Brown Composer
Richard Griffiths Management
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Cole Porter Composer
Brian Rawling Producer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Fitzgerald Scott Composer, Vocal Producer
Ren Swan Engineer
Johnathan Shorten Composer
Lawrence Johnson Vocal Arrangements
Martin Larsson Composer
Darren Brown Composer
Steve Torch Composer
Gerard Thomas Composer
Kamel Abdo Digital Editing
Alistair Tennant Composer
Eg White Composer
Tim Woodcock Composer
Paul Meehan Composer, Programming, Producer
Paul Barry Composer
Harold Lilly Composer
Jonathan Shakhovskoy Engineer
Simon Emmett Cover Photo
Jamie Hartman Composer
Daniel Pierre Composer
Harry Magee Management
Matt Furmidge Engineer
Jamie Reddington Composer
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