by Mpress



Mpress were trained by the same team that introduced the Backstreet Boys and Mandy Moore, but that was more about crafting their image than their music. Their sound is a mix of production techniques and songwriting influenced by the pop music boom of the late '90s, but with a bit of the flavor and feel of the previous pop music boom in the pre-Nirvana early '90s. This Jane Child-meets-Destiny's Child flavor works well on the dance songs, and the trio and their producers have a good feel for this aspect of the genre. "Ain't the One" may be the best single track here, its bouncing beat and fast-paced vocals reveal an effectively angry ode to a bad boyfriend. Elsewhere, the opener "Maybe" feels like an updated version of Amy Grant's "Good for Me" with its gorgeous chorus plastered over a funky pop beat. The mid-tempo tracks do not fair as well; for the most part they are forgettable and reveal the weaknesses in the songwriting. And the ballads are even more hit-and-miss; "For You" is a sappy but effective tear jerker, but the title track comes off as bland and uninspired. The formula for this sort of pop is actually pretty complicated, and it is a miracle that Mpress can make this genre of music sound as good as they do, considering the lack of big-name producers or major-label backing. There are definitely a few good songs on Suddenly, but this is still a pretty uneven album that shows a group with the potential to improve.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Big 3 Records (Ada)
UPC: 0804983674629
catalogNumber: 836746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mpress   Primary Artist,Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Bobby Keyes   Guitar
Shaun Fisher   Keyboards
Michael Herring   Guitar
Jacques Richmond   Guitar
Victor Romero   Piano
John Young   Guitar
Robin Thicke   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Producer
Jim McMahon   Executive Producer
Bill Edwards   Executive Producer
Jim Beeman   Engineer
Michael Hart Thompson   Producer
Maude Gilman   Art Direction
Mark Nathan   Engineer
Shaun Fisher   Producer,Engineer
Juan Ortiz   Engineer
Andrew Lane   Producer
Pro-Jay   Producer
Jacques Richmond   Producer,Engineer
Angel Cortez   Producer
Alan Armitage   Engineer
C.Carroll Cole   Producer
Carlos Francisco Hernandez   Horn Arrangements
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer

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