Gotta Tell You [Bonus Tracks]

Gotta Tell You [Bonus Tracks]

by Samantha Mumba


Like many talented teenage pop singers, Samantha Mumba was initially promoted on the strength of her talent -- as in, "Isn't she much more talented than any other singer of her age?" It is true that Mumba is a fine singer, with a voice that sounds richer than most teen singers, and her material on her debut Gotta Tell You isn't strictly flimsy teen pop. It's more soulful and pretty well-constructed, sultry without veering into Lolita territory. In short, this is a fine product, a sterling example of immaculately crafted dance-pop and radio-ready ballads. If there's any problem, it's that, apart from "Body II Body," which weirdly appropriates David Bowie's icy "Ashes to Ashes" for a seduction number, none of this is particularly memorable without repeated spins. After those plays, it still seems like Gotta Tell You is a little too heavy on filler -- the singles, like "Gotta Tell You" and "Baby, Come Over (This Is Our Night)" are what stand out, along with the slow-burning closer, "Lately" -- but it's still better crafted than much teen pop, and it's delivered with conviction by Mumba. It's not a stunner, but it's satisfying on its own (albeit ephemeral) terms, and it sets her up well for greater things. [The 2001 British re-release includes three bonus tracks: "Stand by Your Side," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," and a remix of "Gotta Tell You."]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2001
Label: Polygram Int'l
UPC: 0731458925026
catalogNumber: 589250

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Samantha Mumba   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Curtis Mayfield   Sampling
Toya Jackson   Background Vocals
Dawkins & Dawkins   Choir Director
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Ron Fair   Keyboards
John Goux   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Conductor
A. Linn   Drums
Marilyn Powell   Background Vocals
Mitchell John   Background Vocals
Lawrence Johnson   Background Vocals
Patricia Scott   Background Vocals
Charlie Casey   Guitar
Anders Barren   Guitar
E. Dawk   Background Vocals
Michelle John Douglas   Background Vocals
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
D Flex   Voices
José el Francés   Background Vocals
Fauzi   Talking
Dan Sanders   Keyboards
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Luciano Peirone   Guitar
Rita Campbell   Background Vocals
Erica Dymakkus   Background Vocals
Christina Undhjem   Background Vocals
Ju-Zee   Background Vocals
Tony Morrell   Background Vocals
Toya Smith   Background Vocals
Mats Sundstrom   Horn
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Ida Corr   Background Vocals
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Robbie Buchanan   Programming
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jerry Hey   Orchestral Arrangements
George Mayers   Engineer
Richard Niles   String Arrangements
Teddy Riley   Producer,Remixing
Paul Waterman   Producer
Chris Wyles   Engineer
Lawrence Johnson   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Sol Survivor   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Producer
Stargate   Producer
Yan Memmi   Engineer
Anders Barren   Arranger,Producer
E. Dawk   Producer
Sacha Skarbek   Producer
Arnthor   Arranger,Producer
Chris Laws   Programming,Engineer
Hallgeir Rustan   Contributor
Dan Sanders   Producer
Lukas Burton   Producer
DJ Mormile   Producer
Larry Williams   Orchestration
Jansson & Jansson   String Arrangements
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Contributor

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