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.
Performance CreditsRL 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 CreditsClive 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
Damon Thomas Producer
Harvey Mason Producer
RL Executive Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Producer
Chucky T. Producer
Kevin Candela Band Logo Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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''
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!
This is the type of album you could listen to without pressing skip...Just sit down and listen to it all the way through.
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!
I am big fan of RL...I think that he is a great singer and has what it takes (for real)
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.
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!)
RL is a great singer. His Debut album is HOT.