Gangsta Blues(Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: Tanya Stephens

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Label Vp Records
SKU 61005752
UPC 054645169127
UPC 14 00054645169127
Format CD
Release Date 3/25/2004
Author Tanya Stephens
Technical Info
CatalogID 1691
Lable Name VP Records
Released 05/23/2005
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00054645169127
Musical Guests
Wyclef Jean
Spragga Benz
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Tanya Stephens (vocals); Wyclef Jean, Spragga Benz.
Producers include: Andrew Henton, Mr. Doo, Pionear, Anthony Senior, Phillip "Fattis" Burrell.
Editor: Paul Shields.
Photographer: William Richards.
Onetime dancehall diva Tanya Stephens is back after an extended exile in Sweden, where she spent three years away from her beloved roughneck riddims making alternative rock for Warner Bros.' Swedish subsidiary label. She picks up pretty much where she left off, with expert but not exactly revelatory dancehall reggae based on rhythms provided by a handful of A- and B-list producers. Stephens' most significant asset is her genuinely rich and cultivated singing voice, a dark and supple alto that slips effortlessly from melody to chat and back again. Her lyrics are mostly a predictable mix of defensive braggadocio and by-the-numbers slackness; exceptions include the emotionally complex "Little White Lie" and the brilliant "What's Your Story." (She also makes an interesting choice of covers with a pretty fair version of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman.") The more vintage-style rhythms seem to bring out her best performances -- the album's highlight is "It's a Pity," which is built on a rich and dubwise Fatis Burrell production. Like most rap and dancehall albums, this one is too long by half -- of the album's 17 tracks, maybe nine are worth repeated listenings, and most of the rest feel like filler (not to mention the tiresome spoken word interludes). Not bad overall. ~ Rick Anderson
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Way Back
3 Boom Wuk
4 Damn
5 Good Ride
6 Little White Lie
7 It's A Pity
8 Tek Him Back
9 I Am Woman
10 This Is Love - (featuring Wyclef Jean)
11 Gangsta Gal - (featuring Spragga Benz)
12 What's Your Story
13 Can't Breathe
14 Sound Of My Tears
15 Other Cheek, The
16 What A Day
17 We A Lead
Product Attributes
Artist Stephens,Tanya
Label Vp Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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