Album II

Album II

by Kem


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Kem is as out of place with 2005's Album II as he was with his debut, 2003's Kemistry. Via word of mouth and some radio play, he has managed to find his way in with the adult crowd, who helped put Kemistry into the Top 20 of the R&B chart. His kind of R&B is kicked-back with sparse arrangements made elegantly rich with starlit keyboards, subtle guitar flicks, and feminine vocals. Understated but assured, his vocals exhibit a lot of range despite almost always remaining at the volume of a bedroom whisper. So he's really out place in the early 2000s, not stylistically disparate from what you'd hear late at night on a soul station in the late '70s or early '80s. On Album II, there's no stab taken at finding a younger or different audience. You could slip any of these songs between Heatwave's "Star of a Story" and George Benson's "Give Me the Night" without fear of disrupting the tone or mood. Stevie Wonder's guest harmonica on "You Might Win" keeps the connections to Motown and grown folks' music, but Rod Temperton -- the songwriter behind the two older songs mentioned above, not to mention heaps of other classics -- would be the ultimate dream collaborator for Kem. The two would suit each other perfectly.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498802069
catalogNumber: 000423202
Rank: 19068

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kem   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
David McMurray   Saxophone
Turner   Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Fred Robinson   Bass
Ron Otis   Drums
Reggie McTaw   Guitar
Quentin Baxter   Guitar
Marlon Curry   Percussion
Brian O'Neal   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Richard Finch   Composer
Eric Morgeson   Engineer
Kem   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Cybelle Codish   Cover Photo
Carlos Gunn   Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer

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Album II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great job, Kem. This album is the truth. Every song sooths the mind, body, and soul. This is a true masterpiece. Well done my brotha!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not wait for this CD to drop. I fell in love with the single "I Can't Stop Loving You" and am pleased that every song is just as good or better. Kem is an awesome singer, songwriter, and composer. I am in awe of his talent and can't wait to see him live.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kem is so amazing. He makes you feel what he is singing about. You get deep in the music. He is best artist I've heard in along time. He understand what music should be. But he's better in concert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KEM's music is both soothing and uplifting. If there's anyone out there that wants the absolute perfect romantic music...this album is it. Every song is as good as the last one. If you get a chance to see him in concert...he's one artist that is just as amazing in person as he is on CD. Album II is even better than the first one. Please work on another one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kem is so pure, so mello, and soul stirring. His voice is so soothing and melotic. I enjoyed every cut. This CD always puts me in a good mood.
JMcJ More than 1 year ago
Stumbled on to Kem's music almost by accident but being a long-term Al Jarreau fan could not help myself quickly align with his oh so classy, smooth and beautiful vocals backed by a very tight band. He has a rare voice and a superb delivery laced with deep feeling straight from the heart. My wife and I are completely sold and waiting down under in the land of Oz for the next release - surely it must be soon. John McJannett
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