by 4shades


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Here's the umpteenth variation on the classic Boyz II Men/Shai urban harmony quartet lineup, with strong, soulful results despite its obvious stylistic copycatting. This Atlanta foursome is obviously well churched, and their opening "Give Me Your Hand (Interlude)" hints at the classic gospel cool of Take 6. "Eye Candy," a midline groover typical of most of the material here, switches off between the harmonies, a few solo sections and Heather Hayes' smooth female counterpoints. The hooky ballads "Crave" and "Everything" dig a bit deeper into their vocal resources, but all of their impressive voice gymnastics are simply reflections of all that's gone before. For good measure, a few tracks even begin with the Barry White-like spoken words of love effect. Boxing great Evander Holyfield started Real Deal with the intent of signing spiritually inclined, uplifting soul acts, and while most songs are in the me-you love song vein, others like "Choose You" offer a more heavenly bent. With voices this strong, however, it would be interesting if 4 Shades went for broke next time and incorporated some tougher gospel edges into their mix. As of right now, they offer a wonderful listen that doesn't make much attempt to stand out from the pack.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2001
Label: Orpheus Records
UPC: 0757667062826
catalogNumber: 70628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

4shades   Primary Artist
Gary King   Guitar
Toddrick Hunter   Bass
Lawrence Cook   Bass

Technical Credits

James Early   Engineer
Tone Def   Engineer
Charles Farrar   Producer
Larry Spencer   Vocal Arrangements
Craig "Niteman" Taylor   Engineer
Troy Taylor   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Steve Hart   Engineer
Felton C. Pilate   Producer,Engineer
Rashad Smith   Producer
Shannon Houchins   Engineer
LaTocha Scott   Vocal Arrangements
Johnta Austin   Vocal Arrangements
Stephanie Vonarx   Engineer

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