Promise to Love [Deluxe Version]

Promise to Love [Deluxe Version]

by Kem

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Promise to Love [Deluxe Version]

Ronald Isley's This Song Is for You, released in 2013, included "My Favorite Thing," a song written and co-produced by Kem. It seemed more like a Kem song featuring Isley, not the other way around, since Isley was not at the fore. The song reappears on Kem's fourth proper album, and it neatly falls into place, like it belonged here all along. It could also be inserted into any of Kem's previous albums with non-disruptive ease. That underscores Kem's consistency or, more skeptically, his penchant for doing the same thing over and over. As with the three albums that preceded it, Promise to Love consists almost entirely of smooth and quiet ballads that regard long-term devotion and self-improvement. He remains an antidote to prevailing contemporary R&B sounds. When he sings of going downtown, he means geographically, not anatomically -- and guest Snoop Dogg, on his best behavior, displays restraint. Even "Say Something Real," which bears a significant instrumental resemblance to Prince's "Soft and Wet," is free of innuendo. The backdrops, as usual, are unwaveringly silky, yet filled with nuances. Kem might do one thing, but he does that one thing very well. Four- and five-year waits aside, the man knows how to please his listeners. [The Deluxe Edition adds two bonus tracks. "Moments," bizarrely left off the standard edition, features some sweet horns and an electric piano solo. The other cut is a showcase for L'Renee, whose approach is similar to that of Marsha Ambrosius. It's a ballad with rhythmic punch heavier than anything on the album proper.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2014
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602537957651
catalogNumber: 002145602
Rank: 23827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kem   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet,Saxophone
Randy Bowland   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Edward Gooch   Trumpet,Saxophone
Ronald Isley   Vocals
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Turner   Bass
Joe Foster   Guitar
Ron Otis   Drums
Beth Griffith   Background Vocals
Marlon Curry   Percussion
Jose "Pepe" Espinosa   Percussion
Anesha Birchett   Background Vocals
Brian O'Neal   Piano,Keyboards
John Madison   Strings
Demetrius Nabors   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Kern Brantley   Bass
L'Renee   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Randy Bowland   Composer
Eric Morgeson   Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Rex Rideout   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Paul Riser   String Arrangements
Turner   Composer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
I.V. Duncan   Engineer
Kem   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Cordell Watson   Additional Production
Brian Woodring   Engineer
Anesha Birchett   Vocal Arrangements
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
Seth Firkins   Engineer
Lloyd Dwayne   Vocal Arrangements
John Madison   String Arrangements,String Contractor
Demetrius Nabors   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Additional Production
Mike Wyatt   Engineer
David Andris   Engineer
Joe Ryan   Additional Production
4 Drums Productions   Composer
Russell Davis   Vocal Producer

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