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Revival
     

Revival

by Jully Black
 
Following the commercial and critical failure of her debut disc, This Is Me, Canadian R&B songstress Jully Black fought back in order to make herself a household name. Even with nobody thinking she would amount to anything, her label, Universal Records, decided to give her one more chance. However, they knew that promoting Black as

Overview

Following the commercial and critical failure of her debut disc, This Is Me, Canadian R&B songstress Jully Black fought back in order to make herself a household name. Even with nobody thinking she would amount to anything, her label, Universal Records, decided to give her one more chance. However, they knew that promoting Black as an R&B
eggae artist wouldn't work again, so they opted for something different. Blending Mary J. Blige with some Amy Winehouse and some Kelly Rowland, they re-formed the moldable Black into Canada's answer to the three of them. Revival, the title of the sophomore struggle from Black, flashes with dazzling tinges of grooving soul and a heavy layer of pure, crisp R&B. The results are much better this time around, as Revival is a very strong showing of what Jully Black can truly offer. Every track is better than anything on her debut, and songs like "Wishing" could find themselves on Mary J. Blige's release Growing Pains. The music is so refreshing and so wonderful to hear coming from Black, a true musical underdog, that the strong tracks amplify themselves into real hits. The doo wop horns and beats are seen with a perfect proportion of modern beats, and the vocals are stronger this time around; Black has improved as a singer. In addition, she has improved as a songwriter. Black still has writing credits all the way through, with the exception of her cover of the Etta James track "Seven Day Fool." However because the writing on the tracks is stronger, the quality of the music skyrockets in quality. There are a couple of missteps, such as the angry "Temporary Insanity," but the faulty tracks are rather, pardon the pun, temporary. "Queen" is a powerful anthem of personal love and appreciation, and really shows us just how strong Black can be as an artist, while "Seven Day Fool" is a wonderful cover on which the singer manages to maintain the dignity of the song while making it truly her own. "Mystery" is just stunning; it leads the listener to reminisce about the '90s R&B queens like Whitney Houston who, through artistic individuality and great voices, shimmered. On Revival, we see so many sides of a truly multi-dimensional Black who, thanks to more than a decade of struggle and failure, releases a powerful showing of delicious Rhythm & Blues to her fans and leaves them coming back for more. Black has improved in every aspect, and establishes herself as a truly credible R&B Canadian diva who deserves heaps of praise and success; Canada, you've found your Mary J.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602517422902
catalogNumber:
1742290
Rank:
305047

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jully Black   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
John Kirby   Keyboards,fender rhodes,Piano (Upright)
Sarah McElcheran   Trumpet
Tyrone Chase   Guitar
Mike Fratantuno   Upright Bass
Todd M. Simon   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Printz Board   Trumpet
Chris Church   Violin
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Andre Bowman   Bass,Background Vocals
Karen Graves   Violin
Bobby Cameron   Guitar
Johann Lotter   Violin

Technical Credits

Tyran Carlo   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Bernard Herrmann   Composer
Chris James   Engineer
Randolph Murph   Composer
Sonny Woods   Composer
George Pajon   Composer
Printz Board   Composer
Simon Wilcox   Composer
Hawksley Workman   Composer
Ron Lopata   Composer
Greg Kolchinsky   Engineer
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
Jully Black   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Andre Bowman   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Bobby Cameron   Composer,Guitar Engineer
Ian Thornley   Composer

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