Beautiful Surprise

Beautiful Surprise

by Tamia


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Beautiful Surprise, released six years after Between Friends, closed the gap on the longest wait between Tamia albums. Although it is co-executive produced by Claude Kelly with a mostly fresh list of collaborators that includes Chuck Harmony, Salaam Remi, the Runners, Carvin & Ivan, Luke Laird, Shep Crawford, and even Jermaine Jackson (who co-wrote two songs), it won't take any listeners by surprise. The album is split between upbeat but refined contemporary R&B --- as heard on "Lose My Mind" and "Beautiful Surprise," when she channels Deniece Williams more than ever -- and theatrical adult contemporary ballads. As usual for a Tamia album, there's also a cover; this time, it's Wynonna Judd's heartbroken ballad "Is It Why," which is given a faithful treatment. Later on, Tamia covers herself by closing the album with a contemporary country-ish version of "Still," a number 83 R&B single off 2004's More. (Did she have a problem with that harpsichord?) At best, the album is pleasant and especially relatable to those who are enduring or moving beyond relationships. Longtime fans can appreciate that Tamia is in fine voice and seems to have made an album free from outside pressure.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Plus 1 Music Group
UPC: 5099991507020
catalogNumber: 15070
Rank: 75212

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tamia   Primary Artist
Charles Judge   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Pat McGrath   Acoustic Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Shep Crawford   Keyboards
Tommy Harden   Drums
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Keyboards
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Christopher Barnes   Keyboards
Jazmine Sullivan   Background Vocals
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Rob Torress   Guitar
Jimmy "Professa" Russell   Guitar
Sheri Hauck   Background Vocals
Cortney Morrow   Drums
Tamia Hill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Dupri   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Shep Crawford   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Andre Brissett   Producer
Gita Williams   Marketing
Christopher Barnes   Composer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Anthony "Shep" Crawford   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Runners   Producer
Luke Laird   Producer
Ryan Gore   Engineer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva   Engineer
Chuck Harmony   Producer,Instrumentation
Phillip Scott   Programming,Engineer
Ben Chang   Engineer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson   Engineer
Monarch   Producer
David Anderson   Producer
Jon Anderson   Producer
Billy Kirsh   Composer
Tamia Hill   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer

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Beautiful Surprise 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
Though Beautiful Surprise is not an upfront stunner at first, you'll find the album to be more ballad driven; reminiscent of her debut CD. However upon a few more spins you'll hear a fresher freer Tamia. Her signature multi-octive voice is still as crystal clear as ever and her song writing more sentimental than before. Out of Tamia's previous releases, the new album is a mature effort with genuine heartfelt tones. She also still manages to add a little sexiness, with playful tracks like Believe In Love and the title track. It may take some time for fans and certainly new listeners to catch on this slow simmering disc, yet when it's done playing they won't be disappointed.