RL: Ements

RL: Ements

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RL: Ements

Clive Davis took a bit of a gamble when he signed urban vocalist RL to his newly launched J Records label. RL had a good track record, most notably recording two albums with the trio Next in the late '90s. However, few listeners knew RL as a solo artist, probably not even many Next fans, and besides, the group hadn't charted in years. Thus, RL had much to prove, particularly because the market for solo male vocalists was so thin. You get the sense that Davis wanted to make RL another Usher (supported by his decision to hire Jermaine Dupri to produce one of the album's singles), but the result doesn't quite reach that measure. RL is no Usher. But that isn't to say his debut album, RL: Ements, proves disappointing. In fact, it's a respectable debut that's unfortunately hurt by a lack of known collaborators. The album's two standout songs, "Got Me a Model" and "Do U Wanna Roll," stand out because of the contributions that Erick Sermon and Jermaine Dupri make on the former and Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, and Battlecat make on the latter. Like similar male vocalists such as Nate Dogg and Carl Thomas, RL struggles on his own. He's certainly no singer/songwriter, and his charisma unfortunately isn't as abundant as his poster-boy looks and sultry musings. And unless those looks and musings cause you to swoon, you're left feeling a little bored during the album's long middle stretch, which is devoid of guests. You really want to trust a guy like Davis, but RL doesn't really have anything extraordinary to offer. You're better off sticking to male vocalists like Usher and R. Kelly, who offer a bit more charisma. Singing ability and good looks only go so far, after all -- even when Clive Davis is helming your solo debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
Label: J-Records
UPC: 0808132001229
catalogNumber: 20012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

RL   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
Tim Kelley   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bob Robinson   Electric Guitar
Erick Sermon   Track Performer
Soulshock   12-string Bass Guitar
Shawn Stockman   Background Vocals
Karlin   Multi Instruments
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Lil' Kim   Track Performer
Chucky Thompson   Multi Instruments
Ethan Farmer   Bass
LaTocha Scott   Vocals
Andy Haller   Guitar
Billy Odum   Guitar
Battlecat   Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Clive Davis   Executive Producer
C.J. DeVillar   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Tim Kelley   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Bob Robinson   Arranger,Producer
Karlin   Arranger,Producer
Damon Thomas   Producer
Harvey Mason   Producer
Battlecat   Producer,Recreation
RL   Executive Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Chucky T.   Producer
Kevin Candela   Band Logo Design

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RL: Ements 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We're half way through the year, but it's safe to say that this is the BEST R&B album of the year. His catchy lyrics, the beats, his sexxy voice....it's every element that a song/album needs to succeed. This album just lets you into his world, dealing with suicide, his goals, his sweet side, world issues, his sensual side, and his love for God. RL did a WONDERFUL job I'm so proud of my future hubby!! :-) *winks* (Go Join RL's yahoo club!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but Jason Birchmeier needs to give R.L. a little bit more credit, bump that he needs to give R.L. ALOT more credit. For coming out as a SOLO artist after so many years, I think this album is off tha hook. I give this album 3 thumbs up... I especially like the songs ''A Good Man'' and ''Got Me A Model''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoever wrote the discography on Rl's cd must be a man because the cd is da bomb. He has a good voice and the beats are hot. And he's fine. Ladies would love ALL the SLOW songs!! Fellas you would want to buy this cd 4 your woman.Just listen 2 the words. Don't read what the man wrote about his cd. he just hatin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This song has to be my favorite on the album. I think that after people hear this song they will want to go out and buy the album. Which is a good choice because this song is off the hook!
Guest More than 1 year ago
RL is a great singer. His Debut album is HOT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album I've ever heard especially Tempted/Temptation island. I love this CD and RL he is my husband to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of album you could listen to without pressing skip...Just sit down and listen to it all the way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am big fan of RL...I think that he is a great singer and has what it takes (for real)