Floetry Re:Birth

Floetry Re:Birth

by The Floacist

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Overview

Floetry Re:Birth

The Floacist, Natalie Stewart, opens "Step Out" by declaring, "New dawn, new day -- perfect moment to embrace change." A few aspects of her second solo album don't mirror this mentality. The back cover of this album, titled Floetry Re:Birth, proclaims, "Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Floetry!" Floetry ended in 2007, when Marsha Ambrosius left to pursue a solo career. Stewart, not so quick to embrace change, addresses the split on "Soul" and takes shots at her ex-partner with "Where you wanna be, it's not for me" and "I just can't sell my soul." The Floacist's husband, Nolan Weekes, makes it a double team as he pointedly asks, "Are you gonna do anything for anything, or are you gonna make real music for real-music lovers?" You'd think Ambrosius bailed to make dance-pop records or compete with Ciara; a number one R&B album (Late Nights & Early Mornings) and two R&B Grammy nominations prove otherwise. Even with the late post-breakup material and attachment to the past -- this might be a good spot to mention that there is a "10 Year Anniversary Edition" re-recording of Floetry's Top Ten R&B single "Say Yes" -- Floetry Re:Birth trumps Stewart's previous album, Floetic Soul. The songs are sturdier, the grooves are more memorable, and there's less personal-growth fluff. As a singer, Stewart is more confident and capable. "Children of the Sun" recalls the uplifting chamber soul of 4hero's 2000s albums. "This Love" works a liquid, almost Sade-like soul-reggae backing for one of Stewart's breezier, most seductive performances. Another highlight is album-opener "Start Again," a collaboration with Raheem DeVaughn that echoes '70s Marvin Gaye.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351580429
catalogNumber: 5804
Rank: 63035

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Floacist   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Mann   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Neville Malcolm   Double Bass
Perry Melius   Drums
Alex Bennett   Keyboards
Alan Weekes   Guitar
Raheem DeVaughn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thandiswa Mazwai   Vocals
Mike Davis   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Debonair   Background Vocals
Hannah Khemoh   Background Vocals
Aleysha Gordon   Background Vocals
Nolan Weekes   Drums,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Keisha John   Background Vocals
Celina Grant   Background Vocals
Antonia McNamee   Background Vocals
Remi Weekes   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Double Bass

Technical Credits

David Mann   Horn Arrangements
Alex Bennett   String Arrangements
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Natalie Stewart   Composer
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Charles Whitfield   Management
Thandiswa Mazwai   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Floacist   Vocal Arrangements
Aleysha Gordon   Vocal Arrangements
Nolan Weekes   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Natalie Weekes   Executive Producer
Demi Mseleku-Gibson   Composer
Remi Weekes   Composer

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