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I Need an Angel
     

I Need an Angel

4.6 8
by Ruben Studdard
 
During his reign as 2003's American Idol, it was obvious that Ruben Studdard, with his bellowing vocals, has his roots firmly planted in the gospel tradition. While his hit-and-miss debut, Soulful, uncharacteristically found the jovial Studdard slumming with raunchy rapper Fat Joe on the track "What Is Sexy," on I Need an Angel he returns to his

Overview

During his reign as 2003's American Idol, it was obvious that Ruben Studdard, with his bellowing vocals, has his roots firmly planted in the gospel tradition. While his hit-and-miss debut, Soulful, uncharacteristically found the jovial Studdard slumming with raunchy rapper Fat Joe on the track "What Is Sexy," on I Need an Angel he returns to his church upbringing. Although the "Velvet Teddy Bear" still fails to recapture on record the charisma that he exhibited on television, he sounds more convincing singing the Lord's praise than he did trying to convey a big and sexy image. The disc includes three new songs, including the R. Kelly–penned title track and "We Have Not Forgotten," written by and featuring Studdard's own idol, Fred Hammond (the track originally appeared on Soulful). The remaining songs are R&B-tinged renditions of classic black church staples. Standouts include Studdard's impassioned version of Hammond's "Running Back to You" and a stirring, choir-backed rendition of Walter Hawkins's "Goin' Up Yonder." With his Angel guiding him, Studdard's career is back on the right path.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It makes a certain amount of sense that Ruben Studdard's second album is a contemporary gospel album. His first album, 2003's Soulful, was pitched toward an urban soul audience, and an urban contemporary gospel album is a natural extension of that attitude, since the basic sound isn't all that far removed: the slow, smooth grooves are an uncanny ringer for the sound of quiet storm, only with a religious spin. Studdard sings songs from and works with many of the major names in contemporary gospel music -- Bill Gaither, Walter Hawkins, Fred Hammond, Marvin Winans, plus R. Kelly -- and while there are a number of cooks in the kitchen, the resulting album, I Need an Angel, winds up being cohesive since it's all coming from the same perspective. It's all easy-rolling, smooth, and polished slow grooves, sometimes easing by on the sound of the record, other times gelling quite nicely thanks to some sturdily written and arranged songs. Ruben sounds considerably better here than he did on Soulful -- the voice doesn't sound rushed or thin, it sounds like he had the time in the studio to concentrate and give good performances. He still isn't blessed with a tremendous amount of on-record charisma, but he sounds nice and grounds the album, giving it a likeable focus when it starts to sound a little samey. So, while it has no standout cuts, on the whole I Need an Angel winds up being a bit more solid than his proper debut and suggests that Studdard may be developing the skills that will given him an actual career outside of the confines of American Idol.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0828766262322
catalogNumber:
62623

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Tracks

  1. Jesus is Love
  2. Ain't No Need to Worry
  3. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  4. Running Back to You
  5. Center of My Heart
  6. Jesus is Real
  7. No Weapon
  8. His Eyes on the Sparrow
  9. Amazing Grace
  10. I Surrender All
  11. There's Not a Friend Like Jesus
  12. I Need An Angel
  13. Shout to the Lord

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruben Studdard   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harvey Watkins   Vocals
Charles Veal   Conductor
Andrew Gouche   Bass,Bass Guitar
Fred Hammond   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
Tom McQueen   Choir, Chorus
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Anson Dawkins   Choir, Chorus,Choir Director
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Noel Hall   Keyboards
Tim Carmon   Organ
Ethan Farmer   Bass
Liam Tyson   Choir, Chorus
Glendon Campbell   Drums
Shanika Leeks   Choir, Chorus
South Central Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Warryn Campbell   Organ,Bass,Piano,Various
Seven Morris   Background Vocals
Eric D. Jackson   Guitar
Felipe "Philbrick" Baker   Choir, Chorus
Eric King   Choir, Chorus
Clarence Williams' Novelty Band   Choir, Chorus
Juna Givhan   Choir, Chorus
Eric Seats   Drums
James Chip Burney   Background Vocals
DeWayne Swan   Piano,Keyboards
Dontae Winslow   Horn
Alethea Mills   Background Vocals
Chavonne Morris   Background Vocals
Aminah Ofumbi   Background Vocals
Clarissa Watkins   Background Vocals
Matilda Baker   Choir, Chorus
Divine Order Horns   Horn
Natalie Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Nicole Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Calvin "Joonie" Gary   Guitar
Camille Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Cassandra Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Chara Kristine Hammonds   Choir, Chorus
Taneka Lemle   Choir, Chorus
Rashawnda Marshall   Choir, Chorus
Jeanine McCoy   Choir, Chorus
Dion Neuble   Drums
Alexandria Sanders   Choir, Chorus
Rozlyn Seay   Choir, Chorus
Tyrice Turner   Choir, Chorus
Damian Michael Williams   Choir, Chorus
Kerry Wilson   Choir, Chorus
A.J. Wright & The Tribe Called Judah   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Bill Gaither   Composer
Walter Hawkins   Composer
Richard Smallwood   Composer
Harvey Watkins   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Fred Hammond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Jerry Peters   String Arrangements
Deke Richards   Composer
Paul Riser   String Conductor
Marvin Winans   Composer
Anson Dawkins   Arranger
Eric Dawkins   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Noel Hall   Composer
Tommie Walker   drum programming
Dave Russell   Engineer
Tony Sheppard   Engineer
Gloria Gaither   Composer
Derek Clark   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Doc Wiley   Engineer
Kevin Wilson   Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Ruben Studdard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
DeWayne Swan   Composer
Alvin Garrett   Producer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
James Beville   Engineer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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I Need an Angel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd hoped Ruben would do something musically like this album and he's done it beautifully. What an amazing voice and a wonderful choice of songs. Can't say enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I was disappointed with this CD. Some songs were well done, but overall I thought that Rueben lacked passion and conviction. To me that's what Gospel music is all about! I thought that Rueben kind of lost his edge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruben is so wonderful, He is truly a man of god. And I know god will take him far in his career. We love you Ruben. The Album is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruben shines like no other on this ablum and I am glad that is letting the world know with this album that he can not do only one genre and that his voice is versatile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This artist is definitely a breath of fresh air. Studdard's new album INAA is not traditional old school gospel, but there is a new breed of contemporary gospel artist that has been emerging for some time now. I could see people of the old school saying, leave the traditional alone, it is supposed to be sung the same old way, and I have to respect them for that. But, every artist needs a space to breathe in this industry. Why can't a contemporary artist bring something NEW to the table. This album was well put together. Mr Studdard has a wonderful voice which lends beautifully to what he was trying to accomplish on this album. The song choices are wonderful, and the arrangements are great. This is an album that anyone who can embrace change could enjoy. I agree we all have our own taste in music, it all depends on what flavor we choose. Why not choose a new/different flavor. Who knows you just might love it. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruben sounded very good on this CD. My favorite songs are Shout to the Lord, I need an angel and I surrender all. I definitely think he should stay with gospel music. Even if he doesn't he's still talented in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just breathtaking Beautiful Amazing Grace will touch your heart Anointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for all that love being blessed by the gift of song. Ruben has such a beautiful and annointed voice I am just floored at how great the album really is. My standout favorites are I Need An Angel, Amazing Grace, Running Back to You & Center of My Joy. This will definately be on constant repeat in my cd players for awhile.