by Algebra Blessett


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The wait between Algebra Blessett's 2008 debut and 2014 follow-up was a mighty long time, but during it, she was featured on several songs by her contemporaries, including Raheem DeVaughn's "Nobody Wins a War," Anthony David's "4Evermore," Esperanza Spalding's "Black Gold," and Vivian Green's "Light the Universe." For her second album, she changed labels, from Kedar to eOne, and worked extensively with Kwamé Holland and LTMoe, both of whom produced five of these songs, as well as Shannon Sanders, Brett Baker, and Bryan-Michael Cox. Recovery is dressed up like a theatrical tale regarding a rocky relationship and resilience in its wake, from Blessett's elaborate butterfly dress to a carefully plotted-out sequence of songs. The album begins with an "exordium" rather than an introduction, the title track has an "augment" rather than a part two, and several cuts sound less like isolated ideas, more suited for specific points in the story. The strength of the material tends to justify the scheme. Each one of the Kwamé collaborations has at least a touch of dusty, classic style -- escalating string vamps and bittersweet horn lines -- with crunching and knocking drums and discreet synthesizer shading. He's the best creative match for her. Meanwhile, "Struggle to Be," produced by Baker, is a hypnotizing duet with lone guest vocalist Q. Parker, and "Forever" makes for an emotional high point with Sanders' slamming drums and drawn-out smears of organ. Blessett never sounds as if she's trying particularly hard. Her expressions merely pour out, making it easy to overlook her skill. While 2008's Purpose was enjoyable, this is more focused and has serious repeat-play quality, as if Blessett knew exactly what she wanted to do and did it to the fullest.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923244226
catalogNumber: 2442
Rank: 203159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Algebra Blessett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Quinnes Parker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Akil Thompson   Bass,Guitar
Shannon Sanders   Drums,Background Vocals
Carrie Bailey   Violin
Bryan-Michael Cox   Piano
James Thompson   Bass
Mark Strowbridge   Guitar
Josh Rivera   Bass,Guitar
Derrick White   Trombone
Rod Hardman   Guitar
Eugene H. Russell   Tenor Saxophone
Ali Barr   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Todd Moore   Composer,Engineer
Paul Grosso   Cover Design
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Quinnes Parker   Composer,Engineer
Algebra Blessett   Composer,Executive Producer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rudy Currence   Composer
L.T. Moe   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Kwame Holland   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Michael Gregory   Engineer
Russell Johnson   Executive Producer
Josh Rivera   Composer
Brett Baker   Composer,Programming,Producer
George Littlejohn   Executive Producer
Victor Morante   Production Director
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Jerrell Allen   Executive Producer

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