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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Squarely R&B albums dominated by upbeat, clean, and energetic material seemed like a forgotten art until late 2013 and early 2014 releases from the Foreign Exchange (Love in Flying Colors) and Pharrell Williams (GIRL). Ledisi continued the upswing with The Truth, her fifth Verve album. As with those preceding albums, The Truth is certainly informed by the past but sounds contemporary; even more vibrant than her own Turn Me Loose but not as rooted in early- to mid-'70s funk and soul. The memories it triggers are more likely to be connected to a period when danceable R&B songs were termed grooves rather than bangers, yet the grooves here -- like "I Blame You," "Rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Squarely R&B albums dominated by upbeat, clean, and energetic material seemed like a forgotten art until late 2013 and early 2014 releases from the Foreign Exchange (Love in Flying Colors) and Pharrell Williams (GIRL). Ledisi continued the upswing with The Truth, her fifth Verve album. As with those preceding albums, The Truth is certainly informed by the past but sounds contemporary; even more vibrant than her own Turn Me Loose but not as rooted in early- to mid-'70s funk and soul. The memories it triggers are more likely to be connected to a period when danceable R&B songs were termed grooves rather than bangers, yet the grooves here -- like "I Blame You," "Rock with You," and, to a slightly lesser extent, "Missy Doubt" -- pack as much sophisticated retro-modern might as Beyoncé's "Love on Top" or Ne-Yo's "Champagne Life." Additionally, "That Good Good" and "Anything," both driven by heavy drums rather than basslines and more in line with urban contemporary radio, don't sound out of place, with Ledisi at full power. She puts just as much of herself into the few commanding ballads, proclaiming "I don't even ask/I'm the best you ever had" in the ace slow jam "Lose Control" and marveling "My life, it went from years to 88 boxes" in the separation wailer "88 Boxes." Succinct, consistent, vibrant, and all Ledisi all the time -- there are no guest appearances -- this is one of the singer and songwriter's best releases. [A Deluxe Version added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602537659579
  • Catalog Number: 1982702
  • Sales rank: 13,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Blame You (4:14)
  2. 2 Rock With You (3:24)
  3. 3 That Good Good (3:17)
  4. 4 Lose Control (4:39)
  5. 5 Like This (3:48)
  6. 6 Anything (4:36)
  7. 7 The Truth (4:27)
  8. 8 Missy Doubt (3:57)
  9. 9 88 Boxes (4:19)
  10. 10 Can't Help Who You Love (3:18)
  11. 11 Mine (4:02)
  12. 12 I Swear (3:27)
  13. 13 Quick Fix (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ledisi Primary Artist, Vocals
Paul Pesco Guitar
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Piano, Keyboards
Klase Gonzales Synthesizer
Dwayne "Smitty" Smith Bass
Rashid Williams Drums
Mark "Lace" Gibbs Guitar
Jon Jon Traxx Bass Guitar
Kenny Pisa Guitar
Akene Dunkley Keyboards
Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. Vocoder
Joe Ryan Keyboards
Tika Sheffield Hai Soon
Technical Credits
Paul Pesco Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Rex Rideout Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Todd Gallopo Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer
Johnta Austin Composer
Michael Piazza Vocal Engineer
Ledisi Young Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Arden Altino Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Producer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai Engineer
Klase Gonzales Engineer
Claude Kelly Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Chrisette Michele Composer
Christopher "Drumma Boy" Gholson Producer
Chuck Harmony Producer
Arden "Keyz" Altino Producer
Stacy Barthe Composer
Jon Jon Producer, Vocal Producer
Mark Siegel Booking
Grace Kim Marketing
Christopher Gholson Composer
Charles T Harmon Composer
Jen Montgomery Art Direction
Jon Jon Traxx Programming
John Webb Jr. Composer
Roland Jack Composer, Vocal Producer
James Kang Vocal Engineer
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Akene Dunkley Composer, Producer
Evan Krauss Representation
Kevin Gasser Management
Johnnie Smith Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Decota Letman Publicity
Cole McCarty Engineer
Angel Higgs Composer
Joe Ryan Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tasha Stoute Publicity
Jerry Duplessis Composer
John Dee Management
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