Play with the Changes

Play with the Changes

by 4hero


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Play with the Changes

A couple years before OutKast's Dré and Big Boi diverged creatively while retaining their group identity, 4hero's Dego and Marc Mac took up a similar division of labor. The initial result, 2001's mostly brilliant Creating Patterns, was even more elaborately musical and past-indebted than 1998's Two Pages, despite continued protests from those who had come to demand nothing less than renegade innovations. The detractors will only continue to feel betrayed by Play with the Changes. Despite six years away and a long list of extracurricular projects, including DKD's Future Rage and the 4hero Life: Styles mix, the album is Creating Patterns' twin. You could even look at a thorough description of Creating Patterns, switch around some pronouns, and have a fairly accurate perception of the album's makeup. Marc Mac again helms classicist songs that take cues from the work of Charles Stepney and the Mizell Brothers, with sky-high production values and ample string arrangements. Dego tends to stick to the meeting point between broken beat, neo-soul, and contemporary R&B, and the lone instantly discernible difference with his work here is that a couple tracks feature prominent guitar from Dave Okumu, an acolyte of Ernie Isley and Prince. Key contributions from multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham, Minnie Riperton disciple Carina Andersson, and hip-hop poet Ursula Rucker: check, check, check. A couple dream collaborations, this time with Larry Mizell and Jody Watley: check. A few appearances from up-and-comers, this time from Jack Davey and Darien Brockington: check. A cover of a '70s classic that's more like an impersonation than an interpretation (Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman"): check. The lack of progress can be especially frustrating when you consider that it took them a shorter amount of time to shift from "Combat Dancin'" to "Universal Love." Beyond that potentially deal-breaking issue, Play with the Changes is an undeniably well-made, tightly wrapped album that is almost as easy to enjoy as Creating Patterns.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Milan Records
UPC: 0731383624629
catalogNumber: 36246
Rank: 77570

Album Credits

Performance Credits

4hero   Primary Artist
Jody Watley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alma   Vocals
Terry Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Face   Vocals
Larry Mizell   Vocals
Paul Allen   Guitar
Katherine Shave   Viola
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Ursula Rucker   Spoken Word
Kaidi Tatham   Flute,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Hamill   Double Bass
Roslyn Stewart   Background Vocals
Dego   Drums
Fiona Brice   Violin
David E. Williams   Violin
Face   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bembe Segue   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marc Mac   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,ARP,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Arp 2600,Tambura
Jo Archard   Violin
Chris Worsey   Cello
Jason Yarde   Saxophone,Horn Engineer
Paul Allen   Guitar
Luke Parkhouse   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Matt Lord   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar
Sarah Button   Violin
Lady Alma   Vocals
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Akwasi Mensah   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
DTX   Background Vocals
Jason and the Angrynotes   Horn
Darien Brockington   Vocals
Phonte   Rap
Carina Andersson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Crown   Trumpet
Joanne Davies   Violin
Hillside Connection   Horn
Hillside Strings   Strings
Deborah Jordan   Background Vocals
Brad Munn   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Piano,fender rhodes,Indian Harp
Richard Spaven   Drums
Walking Bear   Background Vocals
Carina Anderson   Background Vocals
David Williams   Violin
Brad Munn   Drums
Terry Devos   Vocals
Vicky Mathews   Cello
Jason & The Angrynotes   Horn
D.T.X.   Background Vocals
Talita Long   Vocals
Dave Okumu   Guitar
Roslyn Stewart   Background Vocals
Joe Bentley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jody Watley   Vocal Producer
4hero   Composer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Ursula Rucker   Composer
Rodney Lee   Vocal Producer
Kaidi Tatham   Producer
Paul Fletcher   Engineer
Marc Mac   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Matt Lord   Producer
Akwasi Mensah   Producer
Nathan Jalani Taylor   Artwork
Jack Davey   Vocal Arrangements

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