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Where I Wanna Be
     

Where I Wanna Be

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by Donell Jones
 
Somewhere between the erotic falsetto and stylish sexiness of Maxwell, and the gospel-toned balladry and ghetto fabulousness of R. Kelly falls Donell Jones' warm tenor and low-key playa swagger. His around-the-way-boy charm makes his sophomore album, WHERE I WANNA BE, simmer with

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Somewhere between the erotic falsetto and stylish sexiness of Maxwell, and the gospel-toned balladry and ghetto fabulousness of R. Kelly falls Donell Jones' warm tenor and low-key playa swagger. His around-the-way-boy charm makes his sophomore album, WHERE I WANNA BE, simmer with equal parts sophisticated soul and street corner savoir-faire. Jones has an unwavering confidence when singing of chasing that mysterious pretty face on "Have You Seen Her" or when wanting to get physical on "Think About It (Don't Call My Crib)." His lustful pleas come off as slyly irresistible come-ons, rather than arrogant propositions. Backed by supple, shuffling electro-beats and guitar strains that add texture to Jones' "you-know-you-want-me" lyrics, the 13-track disc winds through the vagaries of urban love and relationships with an updated poeticism just this side of raunch. On the finger-popping groove of "U Know What's Up," Jones finesses homegirl, "Baby don't front/ Back seat jeep, you know what I want…" while keyboards and synths bolster vocals that allude to the carnal and remind us that the chase is as sweet as the reward - wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Donell Jones first gained attention as a songwriter and producer for such smooth urban soul groups as Usher, Silk, Brownstone, and 702, which led Babyface to sign the singer/songwriter to LaFace. His debut album was a solid R&B hit, sketching out a jazzy, soulful variation on Babyface's smooth urban-pop, which he fills in with his second album, Where I Wanna Be. On the surface of things, Jones may sound similar to a lot of his peers, but there's a greater sense of musical sophistication in his music. There are light touches of jazz, suave electric pianos, and an easy seductiveness to the entire production. Where I Wanna Be is actually a savvy update of early-'80s quiet storm -- it's a little sexier and a little sleeker, but the spirit is more reminiscent of that era than the late '90s (with the noticeable exception of Jones' tendency to oversell his vocals slightly). At times, the album relies more on style than substance, but it's crafted well, so the slips into filler aren't painful at all. Actually, the very fact that the infrequent bits of filler are enjoyable is a testament to Jones' talents as a performer and record-maker -- he knows how to deliver the weaker moments with elegance. And those moments don't arrive all that often on Where I Wanna Be. For much of the album, Jones hits the right tone -- balancing mood, song, and performance quite alluringly. It gets him and the listener where they wanna be.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0730082606028
catalogNumber:
26060
Rank:
21739

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Where I Wanna Be 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is blazing. I love Donell Jones and I love this CD. I can sing every song to anyone that's how much I listened to it when I bought it. I never picked up another CD while I had his.If you love a variety of styles in your music then this is the perfect CD. I could go on forever but I'm not. I'm just going to tell everyone to get the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donnell's music is the bomb . He should be recognized for it. All of his music sounds great.You know how some people's CD's have maybe two or three great songs, all of his songs are great and are worth spending every dime on.I have every cd of his and I know every song on them.I ask myself, why isn't he always somewhere on stage performing ?If he were to ever come near my home town I wouldn't hesitate on going to see him.I can go on and on about him.THIS #1 TEEN FAN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donell Jones has the most beautiful voice that a woman would want to hear! He has really made an impact on me from his latest CD and I'm sure he'll make one on you! He really knows how to please his fans and does a great job at it. He's also very cute! Keep up the good work!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probally one of the best cd's I've bought in a long time (and I have bought a lot) As I listened to this CD I wanted to get on the phone and tell Donell thank you for such a masterpiece. I wish him all the luck in the world and look forward to hearing more and more from him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donell Jones is extremely talented and deserves the best of success
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donell Jones' new cd is a must buy. All the songs on the cd are outstanding and listening pleasure to your ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anyone sees Donnell Jones up close, he is so sexy,he has a beautiful smile, and he is fine as hell.He sings like no other, and he is very dedicated to his work,family, and especially his fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is filled with 13 love songs that speaks to your heart and your body. It's the perfect accessory to complete a romantic night or occasion. I recommend this CD to any guy or girl that's planning such event.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this c.d. It's not only got funky jams, but great slow jams also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is he fine, he can also sing, that's two for the price of one. I really enjoy the album, I can't seem to stop listening to it. Look out world Donell Jones is taking over.