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Makings of Me [Bonus Tracks]
     

The Makings of Me [Bonus Tracks]

by Monica
 

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Ten years and four albums deep into a career while many singers her age are just getting started, Monica has now been through enough in her life to fully relate to all the subject matter she works with. Despite the title of the album and all her talk about making a more personal set of songs than before, she isn't credited as a songwriter on

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Ten years and four albums deep into a career while many singers her age are just getting started, Monica has now been through enough in her life to fully relate to all the subject matter she works with. Despite the title of the album and all her talk about making a more personal set of songs than before, she isn't credited as a songwriter on any of these ten songs -- all the more peculiar given that the songs she co-wrote on 2003's After the Storm were hardly problematic. She evidently went through some more storms and significant life experiences after she last recorded (including the birth of her son and a perhaps predictably rocky relationship with Young Buck), and though she wasn't involved in the songwriting process, she certainly sounds more connected to her material. After the obligatory club track -- the decent but ultimately forgettable "Everytime tha Beat Drop," featuring fellow Atlantans Dem Franchize Boyz -- The Makings of Me rolls through a concise and mostly sweet (if occasionally unremarkable) set of songs that don't depart far from After the Storm. Missy Elliott remains a valuable collaborator: the Curtis Mayfield-sampling "A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)" is practically a replay of the similarly nostalgia-tinted "So Gone," albeit a welcomed one; "Doin' Me Right" is the album's "Knock Knock," providing yet another sweet twist on a soft-soul classic; "Gotta Move On" is a kiss-off dipped in honey. (The minor drawback to each of these songs is that Elliott has yet to find a discreet way to put a vocal stamp on her productions.) The Underdogs-produced "Sideline Ho" is the clearest instance where Monica didn't have to dig deep or put herself in someone else's shoes to sell her material: "Ain't you tired of being on the sideline?/Tired of getting yours after I get mine?" If she's the least bit jealous, the other woman would have no way of knowing. [This version adds a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2006
Label:
Tombstone Records
UPC:
4988017643129
catalogNumber:
21492

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monica   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Russell   Musician
Missy Elliott   Vocals
Helen Kim   Violin
Tom Knight   Drums
Bryan-Michael Cox   Musician
Charlene "Tweet" Keys   Vocals
Alice Lord   Viola
PJ Morton   Piano,Keyboards
Tania Maxwell Clements   Viola
Adelaide Federici   Violin
Karen Freer   Cello
P. David Hancock   Cello
Jackie Pickett   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Cliff C. Jones   Producer
Miguel Castro   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Eaglin Jackson   Producer
Monica   Producer,Executive Producer
James Phillips   Composer
Steve Russell   Composer,Producer
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer
Craig Brockman   Composer
Damon Thomas   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Composer
Missy Elliott   Composer,Producer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Wayne Bell   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
John Horesco   Engineer
Eddie Horst   String Arrangements
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer,Producer
Melinda Dancil   Management
Antonio Dixon   Composer
Sam Thomas   Engineer
Corte Ellis   Composer,Engineer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Dave "DaveyBoy" Lindsey   Producer
Miguel "Pro" Castro   Producer,String Arrangements
Bernard "Jizzal Man" Leverette   Composer
Maurice "Parlae" Gleaton   Composer

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