by Angie Stone


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From her solo R&B debut in 1999 through the release of her sixth album in 2012, Angie Stone issued a new studio set every two or three years. Despite being as occupied as ever on-stage and on the big and small screens, the singer kept her recording routine intact with her seventh album. Not even a bumpy reality TV experience and a domestic aggravated assault charge -- the result of an altercation with her daughter -- threw her off her routine, though she did consider ending her three-decade music career. Following short stints with the Stax and Saguaro Road labels, she fell in with Shanachie, a stable haven for R&B artists of her caliber, through an alliance with supporter and Stone Love collaborator Walter Millsap III. Millsap and Stone co-wrote the majority of these ten songs with a core group that included Candice Nelson, Balewa Muhammad, and Teak Underdue, among others. While it doesn't sound as big-budgeted as her earlier releases, Dream is very much in line with Stone's discography, neither straight retro-soul nor pop-oriented contemporary R&B, though it does lean closer to the former. Flirty opener "Dollar Bill" coasts on a boogie groove reminiscent of Slave's "Watching You" (and therefore Odyssey's "Inside Out"), and it sets the tone for a concise album where the singer covers a lot of ground, batting her eyelashes, declaring devotion, seeking affirmation, repairing a relationship, and scolding an immature lover. The songs on which she and Nelson make like a mid-'60s soul-pop duo help the album stand out, while the contemporary "Begin Again," featuring Dave Hollister, is one of the year's finest duets.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351582720
catalogNumber: 5827
Rank: 50285

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angie Stone   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Dave Hollister   Background Vocals
Rick Watford   Guitar
Jim Reid   Horn
Candice Nelson   Background Vocals
Toby Davis   Keyboards
Tim Stewart   Guitar
Adam Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Jamie Jones   Composer,Instrumentation
Jack Kugell   Composer
Angie Stone   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Brian Peters   Executive Producer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Jason Pennock   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Candice Nelson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Monte Neuble   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Bobby & The Heavyweights   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Tim Stewart   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Sheldon Ellerby   Producer,Engineer
Xavier Gordon   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Walter W. Millsap   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Tenille Johnson   Composer
Teak Underdue   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Perry Mapp   Composer
Walter Millsap   Executive Producer
Robert Louis Daniel   Composer
Lavi Hendin   Art Direction

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