Soulstar CD (2003)

Artist: Musiq

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How does one bend tradition without making it break? How can you travel through space without leaving home? How can a multi-platinum artist, after only two albums, turn his third into an exploration of futuristic funk without forgetting his roots in homegrown soul and old school hip hop?

Singer/songwriter Musiq has the answers to those questions on Soulstar; a collection of fifteen memorable moments of soul.

Recording as usual, in his hometown of Philadelphia, Musiq with his writing partner Carvin Haggins and his producer Ivan Barias, the trio known as Car Mu I, have gone so far beyond the tag "neo-soul" on Soulstar, you almost forget their previous collaborations, 2000's Aijuswanaseing and 2002's Juslisen defined that genre.

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60621431
UPC 602498611920
UPC 14 00602498611920
Format CD
Release Date 12/9/2003
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Author Musiq
Compilation Appearance Phrenology (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Interpretations:celebrating The Music
Compilation Appearance Bringing Back The Funk
Compilation Appearance Raw Footage(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Raw Footage
Compilation Appearance Thr33 Ringz
Compilation Appearance Tha Funk Capitol Of The World
Compilation Appearance Heartbeat
Technical Info
CatalogID 0001616
Lable Name Def Soul (USA)
Released 12/09/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 13s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Musical Guests
Bilal
Cee-Lo Green
Kindred The Family Soul
DJ Aktive
Carol Riddick
Aaries
Album Notes and Credits
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Personnel: Musiq, Bilal (vocals); Cee-Lo (rap vocals); Ivan Barias (various instruments, programming); Junius Bervine (various instruments); Frank Romano (guitar); Rick Tate (saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); Jeff Bradshaw (trombone); Olezski (Fender Rhodes piano); Johnnie Smith (keyboards); Thaddaeus Tribbett (bass); John Roberts (drums, percussion); John Lawson, James Poyser (drums); Victor Duplaix (percussion); DJ Aktive (vinyl scratches); Carol Riddick, AAries, Kindred The Family (background vocals).
Producers: Musiq, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Junius Bervine, Victor Duplaix.
Recorded at Home Cookin' Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Forthenight" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
Personnel: Musiq, Bilal (vocals); Cee-Lo (rap vocals); Ivan Barias (various instruments, programming); Junius Bervine (various instruments); Frank Romano (guitar); Rick Tate (saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); Jeff Bradshaw (trombone); Olezski (Fender Rhodes piano); Johnnie Smith (keyboards); Thaddaeus Tribbett (bass); John Roberts (drums, percussion); John Lawson, James Poyser (drums); Victor Duplaix (percussion); DJ Aktive (vinyl scratches); Carol Riddick, AAries, Kindred The Family (background vocals).
Producers: Musiq, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Junius Bervine, Victor Duplaix.
Recorded at Home Cookin' Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Forthenight" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
For Musiq, soul is everything. From his former professional surname, Soulchild, to his third record's title, SOULSTAR, and even an album photo that features him wearing a T-shirt reading "Soul Rebel," Musiq makes it abundantly clear that soul is his driving force. Not surprisingly, SOULSTAR lives up to its name, as Musiq locks into a series of tight grooves and lets his smooth voice carry the tunes.
The opening title track begins with some deft scratching and a delicate string backing that gives way to Musiq's velvety croon and Carol Riddick's old-school R&B vocal refrain. On "Womanopoly," Musiq's lyrics cleverly riff on the real estate board game and coast over a strolling beat. Perhaps most impressively, the vocalist pulls off an inventive cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" that shuffles along to a dynamic arrangement. Producing albums this enjoyably consistent is proof positive of this SOULSTAR's staying power.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (12/19/03, p.77) - (12/19/03, p.77) - "...[Musiq] unleashes a series of harmonically lush chords that elevate him way above average." - Rating: B
Disc 1
1 Soulstar
2 Youloveme
3 Womanopoly
4 Forthenight
5 Infatueighties
6 Whoknows
7 Babymother
8 Missyou
9 Moment in Life
10 Thereason
11 Dontstop
12 Her
13 Whereareyougoing
14 Romancipation
15 Givemorelove/Leaveamessage
Product Attributes
Artist Musiq
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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