Being Somebody

Being Somebody

by Liberty X



At 16 tracks long, you certainly get value for money from Liberty X's sophomore effort. It's just a shame a little quality control wasn't exercised, as there's a decent album trying to get out of here, but you have to wade through several aimless dirges and retreads of past hits to find it. The Richard X-produced "Being Nobody" is the standout, a rare example of a mash-up, in this case, Human League's "Being Boiled" and Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," that works perfectly and makes you wonder why the two songs haven't been sewn together before. "Everybody Cries" is a close second. A sweeping ballad with soaring strings, it's their most grandiose song to date, and the best showcase for their underrated vocals so far. But they are not the only highlights. "Watcha Doin' Tonight," with its opening motorcycle riff, is a funky answer to Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty"; "Forever" is a lovely tribal-inspired ballad; and "Close Your Eyes" is the kind of effortlessly slick pop that worked so well on their debut. But while half of the album is bursting with ideas, the other half seems stuck in a rut as several samey, watered-down R&B tracks start to merge into one another and the likes of "Jumpin'," a live favorite on their 2003 tour, gets lost amidst "everything but the kitchen sink" over-production. Being Somebody will certainly establish their credentials as songwriters, having penned ten of the tracks here, but they certainly need reining in a little for album number three if they're going to fulfill their early potential.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2004
Label: V2 Int'l
UPC: 5033197235622
catalogNumber: 102608

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liberty X   Primary Artist
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
David Frank   Keyboards
James Cahoon Lindsay   Guitar
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Michael Peden   Multi Instruments
Magnus Fiennes   Keyboards
Conner Reeves   Background Vocals
Chris Elliott   Piano
Fingaz   Percussion,Keyboards
Stuart Reid   Guitar,Keyboards
Pete Gordeno   Clavinet
Anders Kallmark   Keyboards
Michael Harwood   Guitar,Keyboards
Charlie Russell   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Wayne Hernandez   Composer,Producer
Steve Kipner   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Philip Oakey   Composer
Marius de Vries   Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Frank   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Martin Hayles   Engineer
Pete Hofmann   Engineer
Jack Kugell   Engineer
Ian Craig Marsh   Composer
Michael Peden   Composer,Producer
Martyn Ware   Composer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Pascal Gabriel   Composer
Jeremy Wheatley   Programming
Ronnie Wilson   Composer,Producer
Rob Crane   Contributor
Maryanne Morgan   Composer
Magnus Fiennes   Programming,Producer
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Alexis Smith   Programming,Vocal Producer
Shepard Soloman   Composer
Shep Solomon   Producer
Fingaz   Programming,Producer
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Niraj Chag   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Stuart Reid   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ric Featherstone   Programming,Engineer
Richard   Producer
Rishi Rich   Composer
Anders Kallmark   Programming
Reza Safinia   Composer,Producer
Sherrie Ford   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Harwood   Composer,Programming
Jessica Taylor   Composer
Lucie Silvas   Composer
Charlie Russell   Composer,Programming
Hannah Robinson   Composer
Michelle Heaton   Composer
Jonathan Shorten   Composer
Chris Porter   Composer,Producer

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