by LL Cool J
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Mr. Smith was the third comeback for LL Cool J, the third time he returned to commercial and creative strengths after being written off by many critics and fans. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that its follow-up, Phenomenon, finds LL coasting -- after all, after his two previous comeback albums, he allowed himself to slacken the pace a little bit and ride on his credentials. Fortunately, Phenomenon isn't nearly as weak as 14 Shots to the Dome or Bigger and Deffer, but it simply doesn't have the power of masterpieces like Radio and Mama Said Knock You Out. Essentially, it's a retread of Mr. Smith, offering the same laid-back soul jams and rolling party beats. There's a couple of killer singles, a few dogs, and a lot of filler -- more so than on Mr. Smith, in fact. Still, Phenomenon sounds good when it's playing, and even if it doesn't leave a lasting impression, it's a solid, professional effort that illustrates why LL is still in the game, 12 years after his first record.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1997
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0731453918627
catalogNumber: 5391862

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LL Cool J   Primary Artist,Vocals
Keith Sweat   Track Performer
Ralph Tresvant   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
Kem Brantley   Bass
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
DMX   Track Performer
Leshaun   Track Performer
Erick Sermon   Drums,Keyboards
Tamia   Track Performer
Method Man   Track Performer
DJ Scratch   scratching
Lost Boyz   Track Performer
Kenny Greene   Background Vocals
Ricky Bell   Track Performer
L.E.S.   Multi Instruments
Myron McKinley   fender rhodes
LeShaun Williams   Background Vocals
Shantel Jones   Background Vocals
James "Jamie" Gamble   Drums
Steven Jordan   Overdubs
David Foreman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Brown   Engineer
Francis Buckley   Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Gerard Hariston   Engineer
LL Cool J   Producer
Gregg Mann   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Joe Pirrera   Engineer
Erick Sermon   Producer,Bass Programming
Richard Travali   Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Prestige   Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Producer
Bryan Carrigan   Engineer
Lane Craven   Engineer
L.E.S.   Producer
Poke & Tone   Producer,drum programming
James Saez   Engineer
Ted Wohlsen   Engineer
Terri Wong   Engineer
Trackmasters   Producer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Chris Hafer   Engineer
LaTrice Shaw   Producer
Dent for Sale   Programming
Kurt Gowdy   Producer,drum programming
Steven Jordan   Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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Phenomenon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
althoght this cd has 10 songs it is totally worth purchasing. this cd is on demand at parties and everywhere im a dj in da bronx i should know