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Soulstar (2003)

Artist: Musiq
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Format: CD
Sku: 60621431
UPC: 602498611920
UPC 14: 00602498611920
Release Date: 12/9/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Soulstar ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
2. Youloveme ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
3. Womanopoly ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
4. Forthenight ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
5. Infatueighties ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
6. Whoknows ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
7. Babymother ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
8. Missyou ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
9. Moment in Life ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
10. Thereason ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
11. Dontstop ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
12. Her ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
13. Whereareyougoing ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
14. Romancipation ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
15. Givemorelove/Leaveamessage ~ Musiq (Soulchild)
 
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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers: Musiq, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Junius Bervine, Victor Duplaix.
Muze PNote Recorded at Home Cookin' Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Muze PNote "Forthenight" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers: Musiq, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Junius Bervine, Victor Duplaix.
Muze PNote Recorded at Home Cookin' Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Muze PNote "Forthenight" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bilal
Muze Guest Artist Cee-Lo Green
Muze Guest Artist Kindred The Family Soul
Muze Guest Artist DJ Aktive
Muze Guest Artist Carol Riddick
Muze Guest Artist Aaries

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Phrenology (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Interpretations:celebrating The Music
Muze Music Compilations Juslisen (2 CD Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Bringing Back The Funk
Muze Music Compilations Midnight Soul:after Midnight
Muze Music Compilations Raw Footage(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Raw Footage
Muze Music Compilations Thr33 Ringz
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam 25:Dj Bring That Back 1984-20
Muze Music Compilations Tha Funk Capitol Of The World
Muze Music Compilations 3Chordfold(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Diamond In The Ruff(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Aijuswanaseing [PA] ~ Musiq
Original Soundtrack
Smooth Jazz All Stars
The Smooth Jazz All Stars

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/09/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0001616
Music Label Name Label : Def Soul (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a

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

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Musiq
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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