What Dreams Are Made Of

What Dreams Are Made Of

by R. City


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What Dreams Are Made Of

Taking over from the underproductive singer Sean Kingston, the duo R. City burst out of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to become reggae-pop's new best friend, but it was merely a shift from the background to the foreground as these siblings had already written or produced hits for Kingston ("Take You There"), Iyaz ("Replay"), Rihanna ("Pour It Up"), and Miley Cyrus ("We Can't Stop"). Their solo career launched in earnest with the Top Ten single "Locked Away" featuring Adam Levine, and that Wyclef-sized bit of empowerment might have clouded the duo's judgment, as this 2015 album rolls out surrounding the hit with a handful of like-minded midtempo songs, including the sweet "Checking for You," which offers a St. Thomas-styled endearment with "When I ring your cell/Just making sure everything is blessed." Shuffle these great, but bunched together, songs into the mix and What Dreams Are Made Of is a kinetic, infectious success, landing on an island somewhere between the Fugees and Major Lazer with all the political power of the former ("Live by the Gun," "Slave to the Dollar") and all the "flash" of the latter ("Broadway" plus "Locked Away," which is bold enough to borrow a melody from the Captain & Tennille). Roots reggae rhythms with big bass beats drive the mammoth highlight "Our Story," then a spirited guest appearance from Tarrus Riley makes "Crazy Love" a keeper and a prime candidate for a cover version from Rihanna or Gwen Stefani. Sunshine bright and full of life, What Dreams Are Made Of is an aptly titled release for fans of Rihanna, Stefani, Akon, and such, but it's the strong songwriting, vivid rhymes, and singalong choruses that will keep it in rotation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751454521
catalogNumber: 514545
Rank: 172531

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. City   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Conductor
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Naomi Gray   Cello
Davis Barnett   Viola
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Emmalyn Estrada   Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
Becky G   Vocals
Chloe Angelides   Vocals
Blake Espy   Violin
Dayna Hepler   Violin

Technical Credits

Barrington Levy   Composer
Lenny Kravitz   Composer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Salaam Remi   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Ray Daniels   Executive Producer
Mitchum Chin   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Luke   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Eric Frederic   Composer
Damien Lewis   Engineer
Jevon Hill   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
R. City   Executive Producer
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Melvin Hough   Composer
Stephen Kozmeniuk   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Rivelino Raoul Wouter   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Rachael Findlen   Engineer
Cam Wallace   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
LunchMoney Lewis   Composer
Chloe Angelides   Composer
Taylor Diglio   Art Direction
Henry Walter   Composer
Philip Lynah   Engineer
Paul Donald Love   Composer

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