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Better Days [Holland Bonus Track]
     

Better Days [Holland Bonus Track]

by Joe
 

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Better Days comes less than a year after Joe's popular breakthrough with "Stutter," the collaboration he did with Mystikal that turned more than a few rap listeners onto his style of urban soul. It's a sparse and succinct album, no doubt rushed to capitalize on the success of "Stutter" and the holiday season as

Overview

Better Days comes less than a year after Joe's popular breakthrough with "Stutter," the collaboration he did with Mystikal that turned more than a few rap listeners onto his style of urban soul. It's a sparse and succinct album, no doubt rushed to capitalize on the success of "Stutter" and the holiday season as well. To begin with, only two songs feature guests, and one of those songs, "Let's Stay Home Tonight," is a rather straightforward remix for the rap audience featuring Petey Pablo. The other collaboration, "Ghetto Child," is a bit more ambitious, featuring Shaggy and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on Joe. There isn't a roll call of big-name producers here (though the Neptunes do make a showing), so Joe is left to carry much of the album's weight. He proves more than capable of the challenge on songs like the lead single, "Let's Stay Home Tonight," but too often these songs recycle the same songwriting techniques and find Joe revisiting the same motifs over and over. In sum, this plays like a pop album -- a few obvious standout singles and lots of repetitive filler. However, if you're looking for a few quality singles rather than a consistent album, you should find this to be an engaging album, even if its rushed and ultimately thin on original ideas. [The Holland release offers the same bonus track as the American release, a remix of "Let's Stay Home Tonight."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC:
0638592227422
catalogNumber:
22274

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe   Primary Artist
Benny Diggs   Conductor,Choir, Chorus
Hart Hollman   Performing Ensemble
Paul Riser   Strings,Conductor
Jolyon Skinner   Background Vocals
Shaggy   Track Performer
Mark Batson   Conductor
Clyde E. Gamble   Children's Chorus
Judith Insell   Viola
Lisa Reynolds   Children's Chorus
Stephanie Jones   Background Vocals
Ayuana George   Children's Chorus
Nioka Workman   Cello
Petey Pablo   Track Performer
Lamika Hughes   Children's Chorus
Marlene Rice   Violin
Victoria Jenkins   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

J. Scott Skinner   Composer
Joe   Producer,Executive Producer
Joel Campbell   Producer
Noah Evans   Engineer
Allen Gordon   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Hart Hollman   Orchestration
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer,Direction,Management
Paul Riser   Arranger,Orchestration
John Roper   Engineer
Mark Batson   String Arrangements
Oswald "Wiz" Bowe   Engineer
Angelo Quaglia   Engineer
Carl Robinson   Engineer,Engineering
Brian Garten   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
J. Karen Thomas   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer

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