Turn Me Loose [Deluxe Edition]

Turn Me Loose [Deluxe Edition]

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by Ledisi
     
 

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Following Lost & Found, an album that earned Ledisi a pair of Grammy nominations, Turn Me Loose partially roots itself in the singer's past work and otherwise branches out from it. The album's title, as well as its cover, indicates a new, brash direction -- one that makes up only a portion of the setSee more details below

Overview

Following Lost & Found, an album that earned Ledisi a pair of Grammy nominations, Turn Me Loose partially roots itself in the singer's past work and otherwise branches out from it. The album's title, as well as its cover, indicates a new, brash direction -- one that makes up only a portion of the set. Throughout the opening "Runnin," "Knockin'," and stretches of a couple other songs -- not to mention a charging, howling cover of Buddy Miles' "Them Changes" -- Ledisi and her band deliver rocking funk that cooks as hot as Labelle's "Messin' with My Mind" and "What Can I Do for You," or anything by Van Hunt. Here, Ledisi wails and belts with a kind of power previously untapped -- in recorded form, at least -- all the while maintaining remarkable finesse. "I Need Love," one of the collaborations with Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins, is another highlight, seductively melancholy over a slick and slippery rhythm, while the title track's bluesy Southern soul backdrop seems just as ideal for Ledisi's voice. Most of the material that is in the vein of the subdued, sophisticated R&B showcased throughout much of Soulsinger and Lost & Found is fine, if sporadically tepid -- something that really comes through when heard with the harder material. Verve Forecast might be a little sheepish about their artist straying from the style that brought them success; on the sticker affixed to the album, the label singles out three songs, none of which break a sweat. They really should help her expose the versatility as much as possible. [The deluxe edition, released simultaneously with the standard version, adds a DVD.]

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today - Elysa Gardner
...she sounds free-spirited and fully in control, her raw-honey vocals soaring with hard-won authority and delicious abandon.
People Magazine
This soul diva leaves no doubt as to why she earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist... when this lady sings the blues on the Al Greenish "Love Never Changes" and the fiery title track, turning her loose is the last thing you'll want to do. Ivory Jeff Clinton
Newsday - Glenn Gamboa
...she flits, flies and growls all over the R&B spectrum. Turning her loose was a great idea.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602527132631
catalogNumber:
001321600

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ledisi   Primary Artist
John H. Jackson   Percussion,fender rhodes
Everette Harp   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Rex Rideout   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Michael Urbano   Drums
Raphael Saadiq   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tiffany Smith   Background Vocals
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Hervé "RV" Salters   Organ,Synthesizer,Clavinet
Timothy Loo   Cello
Eric Krasno   Bass,Guitar
Adam Deitch   Organ,Drums,Keyboards
Teddy Campbell   Drums
DeWayne Swan   Organ
Shalini Vijayan   Violin
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Errol Cooney   Guitar
David James   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals
Joel Pargman   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Nigel Hall   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Curt Chambers   Guitar
Nicholas Lane   Trombone,Conductor
Kyonte Vincent   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Bardani   Engineer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bruce Resnikoff   Executive Producer
Bill Darlington   Executive Producer,Management
Lorenzo Johnson   Composer
Chief Xcel   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mark Kaplan   Management
Eric Krasno   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ledisi Young   Composer,Executive Producer
Adam Deitch   Composer,Producer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Xavier Mosley   Composer
Tremaine "Six7" Williams   Engineer
Marlon Marcel   Engineer
Curt Chambers   Composer
Nicholas Lane   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kyonte Vincent   Composer,Engineer

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