Dress to Impress

Dress to Impress

by Keith Sweat


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Dress to Impress

Keith Sweat's first studio album since 2011 arrived as the singer's syndicated radio program, The Sweat Hotel, was approaching its tenth year. It could be deduced that the gig has sharpened Sweat's ears and pen, as Dress to Impress features his best round of songs in well over a decade. Beside a small cast of writing and production associates that includes Wirlie Morris and Derek Allen, Sweat focuses on romance and emotional connection. The album sounds fresh while drawing from numerous eras, just as the Sweat Hotel playlist roams from decade to decade. Most exemplary is "Just the 2 of Us," a duet with Takiya Mason that skillfully fuses classic Philly soul and "Make It Last Forever" without being too indebted to either one. As on the previous couple albums, background vocalists provide a lot of support, and Sweat's leads, more than ever, are about feeling more than technical prowess. Silk and Dru Hill, two groups whose success was due in part to Sweat's efforts, appear on separate tracks. The former enhance "Tonight," a sparkling traditional ballad co-written by Charlie Wilson. Speaking of legends, the pleading "Let's Go to Bed" concludes the album with a previously unutilized vocal from Gerald Levert. With its stream-fishing quantity of songs notwithstanding -- 16 cuts, well over an hour in duration -- Dress to Impress fulfills its intent.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2016
Label: Ral
UPC: 0889853062522
catalogNumber: 530625
Rank: 15663

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Sweat   Primary Artist
Dru Hill   Vocals
Tomi Martin   Guitar
Bryon "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers   Talk Box
Brinson Poythress   Guitar
Francesca "Francci" Richard   Background Vocals
Jason "Jhot" Scott   Background Vocals,Talk Box
Adam Legister   Keyboards
Takiya Mason   Vocals
Bianca McClure   Violin

Technical Credits

Keith Sweat   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Derek Allen   Composer,Producer
Karen Anderson   Composer
Tony Haynes   Composer
Alvin Speights   Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Wirlie Morris   Composer,Producer
Jerry Flowers   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gerald Isaac   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Mike Chesser   Producer
Adam Gibbs   Producer
Luke Austin   Producer
Mike Heart   Producer
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Producer
Edward Perkins   Producer
Francesca "Francci" Richard   Composer
Andrae Alexander   Composer
Gary Glenn   Composer
Jason "Jhot" Scott   Composer,Producer
Adam Legister   Engineer
Jamar Williams   Vocal Engineer
Tierce Person   Composer,Producer
Segun Adebutu   Executive Producer
Jerry Flowers   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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