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Format: CD
Sku: 234711828
UPC: 886975913220
UPC 14: 00886975913220
Release Date: 8/7/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Only Wanna Give It to You ~ Elle Varner
2. Refill ~ Elle Varner
3. Sound Proof Room ~ Elle Varner
4. I Don't Care ~ Elle Varner
5. Not Tonight ~ Elle Varner
6. Leaf ~ Elle Varner
7. Oh What a Night ~ Elle Varner
8. Stop the Clock ~ Elle Varner
9. Welcome Home ~ Elle Varner
10. Damn Good Friends ~ Elle Varner
11. So Fly ~ Elle Varner

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
Muze PNote Recording information: Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Larrabee Sound Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Skip Saylor Studios, Northridge, CA; Soulstar Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Muze PNote It would be restrictive to compare Elle Varner to Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan, but the parallels are inescapable. As with her predecessors' debuts, Perfectly Imperfect sounds like the assured work of a singer and songwriter -- one who co-composes and co-produces her material -- who is on her third or fourth album. There are vocal similarities, too. Varner's delivery is magnetizing with a slight rasp, though she's neither as jazz-rooted nor as showy as Chrisette, and she never goes in the red like Jazmine. After a couple spins of Perfectly Imperfect -- principally made with young bucks Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Warren "Oak" Felder, along with some assistance from Varner's father, Jimmy -- her individuality pokes through. There's the playful anguish expressed in "Refill," a booming rattler with some twinkle and jittery fiddle, where Varner likens nerve-wracked flirting to acting tipsy: "Feel like a conversational lush, and I don't know how much is too much." Few songs evoke emotional butterflies as brilliantly as "I Don't Care," a production that swoons and stutters to augment Varner's love-struck bind: "I'm not designed for this/If I could speak in code, I wouldn't be so bold/I can't control my lips, lips, lips." It's something of a paradox that, for all of Varner's creative certitude, an overwhelming majority of her lyrics are self-deprecating. While the romping "Sound Proof Room" has a lot of presence, the album is thick with apprehension, doubt, and distanced longing. There's so much of it that one fights the urge to tell the woman to take figurative and literal looks in the mirror. This doesn't detract from the material; in fact, Varner's feelings are conveyed in such imaginative and clever ways that the second half's strummy pop and folk detours go down smoothly. This is one of 2012's most pleasing and promising debuts. The wait for the follow-up, whatever the length, will be far too long. ~ Andy Kellman

Producer: Peter Edge; Jeff Robinson; Suzette Williams; Jimmy Varner; Elle Varner

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jermaine Cole

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations My Own Lane
Muze Music Compilations Bet Presents Music Matters Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations MY OWN LANE(Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/07/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 759132
Music Label Name Label : RCA
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886975913220

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.26)
- "At times Varner sounds like an appealing holdover from the mid-'90s, when R&B stars like Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige were figuring out what it meant to marry soul singing to hip-hop beats."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Varner,Elle
Product attributeLabel:   Rca Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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