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Unconditional Love
     

Unconditional Love

by Ruben Studdard
 
After the Shanachie release Letters from Birmingham managed to peak at only number 15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, Ruben Studdard's career could have been viewed as in decline. All four of the singer's previous albums had reached the Top Ten, and his recording budget, along with his exposure, was shrinking.

Overview

After the Shanachie release Letters from Birmingham managed to peak at only number 15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, Ruben Studdard's career could have been viewed as in decline. All four of the singer's previous albums had reached the Top Ten, and his recording budget, along with his exposure, was shrinking. However, he was swept up by Verve due to new label chairman David Foster, a longtime Studdard supporter. Adult contemporary giant Foster played a major role in the making of Unconditional Love, one most likely greater than the productions, arrangements, and keyboards for which he is credited here. (Who else would have thought to dig up his and Boz Scaggs' largely forgotten if successful collaboration from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack?) This is a pleasingly straightforward set, dominated by covers, that plays to Studdard's strength as a mature, romantic balladeer. Some of the song selections -- "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "(They Long to Be) Close to You," for instance -- are a tad obvious and plain, but there are several subtle surprises. Paul and Linda McCartney's "My Love" could have been done faithfully, but it sounds like a glistening and snappy dead ringer for something off an early-'80s Luther Vandross album. On Marvin Gaye's "If This World Were Mine," Studdard and Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway are more like Vandross and Cheryl Lynn than Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and the two sound just as natural with one another. There's another nod to the Hathaway family with a cover of "Love, Love, Love," the J.R. Bailey/Ken Williams composition popularized by Lalah's father Donny. This version has more of a lilt to it, and at no point does Studdard sound like he's bearing the weight of living up to a genius. An enjoyable, comfortable release from the singer, Unconditional Love is quite possibly his best work yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602537606177
catalogNumber:
001957802

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruben Studdard   Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Najee   Flute
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Brandon Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Hayes   Guitar Synth (Horns)
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Eric Benét   Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Bernie Herms   Keyboards
Chris Walden   Trombone
Onree Gill   Keyboards
Demonté Posey   Keyboards
Reggie Young   Bass Guitar
Beate Walden   Violin
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer
Eric Dubose   Guitar
Gorden Campbell   Drums
David Smith   Drums
Ginny Luke   Violin
Aisha Morris Gill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
James Bailey   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Jay Landers   Composer
Alan Lindgren   Composer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Charlie Midnight   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Vocal Producer
Eric Benét   Producer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Chris Walden   Horn Arrangements
Onree Gill   Producer,String Arrangements
William Scaggs   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Lindy Robbins   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Demonté Posey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Ken Williams   Composer
Ruben Studdard   Arranger,Composer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Bryan Todd   Vocal Producer
Toby Gad   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Sound Design
Michael Barry Reid   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
John Jackson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Tobias Gad   Composer
James Ralph Bailey   Composer
Larry Whit   Engineer

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