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Black Rose (2008)

Artist: Hil St. Soul
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Format: CD
Sku: 206899672
UPC: 016351577221
UPC 14: 00016351577221
Release Date: 6/10/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wash Away ~ Hil St. Soul
2. Don't Forget The Ghetto ~ Hil St. Soul
3. Sweetest Days ~ Hil St. Soul
4. Life ~ Hil St. Soul
5. Gravity ~ Hil St. Soul
6. We Were In Love ~ Hil St. Soul
7. Broken Again ~ Hil St. Soul
8. Black Rose ~ Hil St. Soul
9. If I Was You ~ Hil St. Soul
10. Hanging On ~ Hil St. Soul
11. Smile ~ Hil St. Soul

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Hilary Mwelwa (vocals, background vocals); Nicholas Cole (guitar); Art Beat, Steve Anthony, VRS (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Darryl Lavictoire.
Muze PNote Recording information: 141a Studio; Earth Lounge Studios, London, England.
Muze PNote Photographer: Joel Anderson .
Muze PNote The reduced role of multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Victor Redwood Sawyerr that marked the third Hil St. Soul album continues on the fourth, Black Rose. But again, the mixture of other collaborators does not provide much of a change from the Hil St. Soul m.o. established on Soul Organic and Copasetik & Cool. With songs like "Wash Away" (put together with Fidel and Shae) and "Gravity" (co-written with Harmony), which could function as surrogate Faith Evans or Mary J. Blige songs, it remains a shame that Hilary Mwelwa is on a small-budget label and strictly compartmentalized into "grown folks R&B," with little chance of anyone under the age of 30 being exposed to her. Then again, with purposely flash-less songs like the nostalgic "Sweetest Days" ("There was no Nintendo or computer games but a natural interaction with your friends") and the motherly "Don't Forget the Ghetto" ("What is a dollar if you got no sense?"), it's clear that her character is more in line with the relatively mature crowd. With all the expected laid-back arrangements, it would be easy to miss the sly pointedness of the album's central and title track, an understated anthem where Mwelwa also takes a clear swipe at the suspicious rise in popularity of a specific singer and the corresponding lack of recognition for others who are equally (if not more) talented: "Don't get it twisted, 'cause I gotta speak my mind/I'm not trying to split hairs, but I gotta bee in my bonnet/English rose singing soul music, they get praised for it/A black rose singing soul music gets no love for it." The album, as a whole, offers more in the way of subtle stimulation than dry featurelessness (there is some of that), and it's one of the best yet that Mwelwa, Sawyerr, and company have offered. ~ Andy Kellman

Producer: Steve Antony; VRS

Engineer: VRS

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/18/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5772
Music Label Name Label : Shanachie Records
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
Music UPC UPC : 00016351577221

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Hil St. Soul
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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