Yours Truly

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013's Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star's soulful R&B vocals. As the character Cat Valentine on several Nickelodeon television shows including I Carly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat, Grande developed a huge fan following and the expectations were high for her debut album. Three years in the making and held up by numerous delays, Yours Truly lives up to those expectations. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yours Truly is an impeccably engineered affair. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a better platform for Grande's voice. A resonant singer gifted with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013's Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star's soulful R&B vocals. As the character Cat Valentine on several Nickelodeon television shows including I Carly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat, Grande developed a huge fan following and the expectations were high for her debut album. Three years in the making and held up by numerous delays, Yours Truly lives up to those expectations. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yours Truly is an impeccably engineered affair. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a better platform for Grande's voice. A resonant singer gifted with a lithe affinity for both high-energy melisma and gentle balladry, Grande often brings to mind the intonations of Mariah Carey. Of course, with Edmonds at the helm, along with a bevy of commercially minded songwriters, the Carey comparisons are unavoidable and most likely intentional. Thankfully, Grande has the chops to pull it off, and Yours Truly makes the most of her talent. To these ends, tracks like the opening "Honeymoon Avenue," with its sophisticated orchestral intro, and the bright and funky "You'll Never Know" sound like lost early-'90s R&B hits. Though Grande has the talent to carry the album on her own steam, several tracks team her with guest performers, including the single "The Way," which features rapper Mac Miller; "Right There" with Big Sean; and "Popular Song," featuring Mika. Ultimately, cuts like "Baby I" and the jazz-inflected showstopper "Almost Is Never Enough," featuring the Wanted's Nathan Sykes, are bravura pop recordings that bring to mind the best of the '90s and of now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537480821
  • Catalog Number: 001892902
  • Sales rank: 2,056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honeymoon Avenue (5:39)
  2. 2 Baby I (3:17)
  3. 3 Right There - Big Sean (4:07)
  4. 4 Tattooed Heart (3:14)
  5. 5 Lovin' It (3:00)
  6. 6 Piano (3:54)
  7. 7 Daydreamin' (3:31)
  8. 8 The Way - Mac Miller (3:47)
  9. 9 You'll Never Know (3:34)
  10. 10 Almost is Never Enough - Nathan Sykes (5:27)
  11. 11 Popular Song (3:20)
  12. 12 Better Left Unsaid (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ariana Grande Primary Artist, Vocals
Bill Meyers Conductor
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Peter Kent Concert Master
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Mark Robertson Violin
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Julie Rogers Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Joe Friedman Guitar
Andrew Carney Trumpet
Songa Lee Violin
Courtney Harrell Background Vocals
Sharon Jackson Violin
Mika Vocals
Carmen Reece Background Vocals
Leon Thomas III Background Vocals
Paula Hochalter Celli
Randy Ellis Tenor Saxophone
India Benét Background Vocals
Vanessa Freebarin-Smith Celli
Serg Dimitrijevic Guitar
Giovanna Clayton Celli
Fabio Spinella Trumpet
Ben Devitt Trombone
Technical Credits
Brenda Russell Composer
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Jeff Lorber Composer
Larry Goetz Engineer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
Mark Morales Composer
Mark Rooney Composer
Pamela Sixfin String Contractor
Greg Wells Programming, Producer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jason Nevins Remixing, drum programming, Additional Production
Paul Boutin Engineer
Henry Hey Programming
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Matt Squire Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Tommy Brown Producer, Instrumentation
Travis Sayles Composer, Producer
Peter Stengaard Engineer, Vocal Producer
Antonio Dixon Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Nick Littlemore Additional Production
Courtney Harrell Composer
Ian MacGregor Engineer
Rob Kinelski Vocal Mixing
Mika Composer, Producer
Carmen Reece Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Patrick "J Que" Smith Composer
Jordin Sparks Composer
J. "Lonny" Bereal Composer
Phillip Lassiter String Arrangements
Donna Gryn Marketing
Leon Thomas III Composer
Kirk Robinson Composer
Brad Haugen Marketing
The Rascals Producer
Allison Kaye Management
Scott "Scooter" Braun Executive Producer, Management
Priscilla Renea Composer
Ariana Grande Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Sean Foreman Composer
Nathaniel Motte Producer
Randy Ellis Horn Arrangements
Mark Asari Vocal Producer
Talay Riley Vocal Producer
Joel Mott String Arrangements
Laura Hess Marketing
Aya Merrill Mastering
Harmony Samuels Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Mathieu Jomphe Composer
Victoria McCants Composer
Al Sherrod Lambert Composer
Amber Streeter Composer
James "J-Doe" Smith Composer
Jo Blaq Vocal Producer
Roahn Hylton Composer
Sean Anderson Composer
Malcolm McCormick Composer
Carlos King Engineer
Jose Cardoza Engineer
Dennis "Aganee" Jenkins Composer
Parker Ighile Composer
Jahmaal Noel Fyfee Composer
Thomas Lee Brown Composer
Maurice Wade Composer
Khristopher Riddick-Tynes Composer, Engineer, drum programming
Rickey "Slikk" Offord Composer, Producer
Sribz Riley Vocal Engineer
Olaniyi Michael Akinkunmi Composer
Moses Ayo Samuels Composer
Mo-Keyz Additional Production
H. "Carmen Reece" Culver Composer
Anisa Moghaddam Composer
Kristopher Riddick-Tynes Composer
Nathaniel V. Robinson Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    I LOVED her CD!!! Ariana is AMAZINGLY young, talented & beau

    I LOVED her CD!!! Ariana is AMAZINGLY young, talented & beautiful!! It's R&B Soulful sound is amazing, she sounds like a young up and coming Mariah Carey but better!! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    I've been waiting two years for this album, and although the r'n

    I've been waiting two years for this album, and although the r'n'b twist initially put me off, it's been worth the wait.

    Ariana's call is her voice. She has a bright, clear voice influenced by r'n'b and her years singing on Broadway. She sounds fantastic on every single track.

    The album definitely has a "sound" - some call it repetitive, others cohesive. Needless to say, if you're not a fan of r'n'b, this may not be a record for you. There are three pop songs on here and they do stick out amongst the 90s-styled majority of the album: Piano, Popular Song, and Better Left Unsaid.

    Nevertheless, this is a promising start for Ariana and the entire album, flaws and all, is a feel-good affair.

    Standout tracks include Honeymoon Avenue, Tattooed Heart, Baby I, and Almost Is Never Enough. There are no bad tracks on the album, per se - at worst, they are unmemorable. These include Right There, Lovin' It, and You'll Never Know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    I think Arianas' Yours Truly Album is amazing. She has such a be

    I think Arianas' Yours Truly Album is amazing. She has such a beautiful voice, and she is such a talented singer. If you buy this album it is well worth your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    awosome

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    Don't get me wrong, Ariana Grande is very talented, but every so

    Don't get me wrong, Ariana Grande is very talented, but every song on this track sounds the same; there is no diversity

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 2, 2013

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