Unexpected

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The take-off success of "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" made Lumidee an overnight pop star, yet it placed her at a disadvantage. She had to rush Almost Famous, a set of glorified demos and one hot song, and she seemed to disappear after her follow-up single flopped. Even those who bought the album were likely to think it would be the last they'd hear from Lumidee. However, she stuck around, at least outside the States, through a reggaeton hit with Speedy ("Sientelo") and a track on the FIFA World Cup 2006 compilation. In the States, then, Unexpected is somewhat unexpected. Now on TVT instead of Universal, she and her crew of producers -- principally J Marty, while ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The take-off success of "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" made Lumidee an overnight pop star, yet it placed her at a disadvantage. She had to rush Almost Famous, a set of glorified demos and one hot song, and she seemed to disappear after her follow-up single flopped. Even those who bought the album were likely to think it would be the last they'd hear from Lumidee. However, she stuck around, at least outside the States, through a reggaeton hit with Speedy ("Sientelo") and a track on the FIFA World Cup 2006 compilation. In the States, then, Unexpected is somewhat unexpected. Now on TVT instead of Universal, she and her crew of producers -- principally J Marty, while Lenky, Scott Storch, Red Spyda, Wyclef Jean, and a couple others contribute one or two tracks -- whip up a set that is spit-shined and buffed compared to Almost Famous. It has been nearly four years since she first hit, so she has had plenty of time to regroup. There's much more nuance to her voice, whether she's singing or rapping. She's tougher, more womanly. Though these qualities make Unexpected a much better album than Almost Famous, it is not without its awkward moves, like back-to-back loose interpretations of Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" and Eugene McDaniels' "Feel Like Makin Love" (popularized by Roberta Flack). Though the former re-introduced her to the pop charts, both fall flat. The most effective tracks, like "You Got Me" (featuring N.O.R.E.) and "I'm Up" (featuring Jim Jones), tend to balance left-of-center keyboard vamps with hard-to-resist vocal hooks. Most peculiar is "In It for the Money," where she (with an assist from Snoop Dogg) expresses distaste for the music industry ("They got me turnin' off the radio/Don't watch no videos/I can't get with it, no") and shamelessly claims that money is her only motivator. As uneven and occasionally puzzling as a 17-track pop album gets, this is nonetheless a marked improvement over the debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581290020
  • Catalog Number: 2900
  • Sales rank: 266,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:45)
  2. 2 So Cool...Hollywood (3:59)
  3. 3 In It for the Money (3:27)
  4. 4 Cute Boy (3:43)
  5. 5 She's Like the Wind (3:45)
  6. 6 Feel Like Makin' Love (3:45)
  7. 7 Stuck on You (3:04)
  8. 8 Caught Up (3:12)
  9. 9 Crazy (3:05)
  10. 10 Could Be Anything (2:47)
  11. 11 You Got Me (2:58)
  12. 12 The Whistle Song (3:44)
  13. 13 I'm Up - Jim Jones (3:19)
  14. 14 He Told Me (3:09)
  15. 15 Did You Imagine (3:49)
  16. 16 Passin' Thru (2:49)
  17. 17 She's Like the Wind (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lumidee Primary Artist
Judy Hyman Violin
Rich Keller Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Walter White Horn
Sean Harkness Guitar
Max Buckholtz Viola
Sedeck Jean Keyboards
Courtney Harrell Vocals
Keith "Lil Wonda" Duplessis Guitar
Elliott Thomas Piano
Pablo O. Bilbraup Percussion
Jarred Elioseff Keyboards
Stefanie Fink Vocals
Samuel Jusino Jr. Guitar
John Lardiari Guitar
Logic Keyboards
Mintman Guitar
J. Mizzle Keyboards
Josh Modney Violin
Rob Raio Vocals
Technical Credits
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Walter White Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Producer
Eddie Perez Producer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer
David Kutch Mastering
Steve Morales Producer
Darrell Branch Producer
Julian Vasquez Engineer
Red Spyda Producer
Ron Browz Producer
Wolfgang Boss Executive Producer, Audio Production
Alonzo Vargas Engineer
Diego Morales Engineer
Stephen L. Joseph Engineer
T.C. Love Producer
Wilner Alexandre Engineer
Jesus Bobe Engineer
James Deering Engineer
Samuel Jusino Jr. Engineer
NIV Arranger, Producer
J. Stars Producer
J Marty Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely Unexpected

    I'm surprised at Lumidee's career choice, simply because she doesn't seem like a real singer. But somehow the background music on what few good tracks there are, make up for the fact that she has an imperfect "if somewhat cutsie" voice. Her hit single "Uh Oh" from her last album was a catchy tune, but this album is barley an improvement.

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