Love Life

Love Life

by Tamia


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During the decade that followed her split from major-label Elektra, Tamia recorded only two independent albums. Both releases had no trouble peaking in the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart, however, and the title track from the latter one, Beautiful Surprise, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Song. That success led to a new major-label alliance with Epic, who evidently offered a larger recording budget. Beautiful Surprise featured some high-level co-songwriters and producers, but Love Life involves top guns Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Warren "Oak" Felder, as well as Tricky Stewart and the-Dream, to complement material made with collaborators like Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, and Shep Crawford. Refreshingly, there are no club jams or theatrical breakup ballads. In fact, there is neither conflict nor negativity of any kind. Ten of the 11 songs regard monogamous intimacy, seduction, and longing, and only a couple of them resemble routine adult contemporary R&B fare. Even some of the most relaxed songs, like the flirty Pop and Oak collaboration "Sandwich and a Soda" and the Polow da Don-produced "Stick with Me," generate steam, and Tamia sounds fully invested in each one without doing any overselling. That 11th song is the finale, a faithful version of "Black Butterfly," the proud Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil composition popularized by Deniece Williams in 1984. Tamia does not to attempt to hit those high notes that Williams and few others have been able to reach, but she gets the feeling across. It's a fine finish to her best album yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547360144
catalogNumber: 002333802
Rank: 72402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tamia   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Shep Crawford   Keyboards
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar,Strings
Lemar Carter   Drums
Sheri Hauck   Background Vocals
Dimitrius Collins   Guitar
Philip "Prince" Lynah   Bass

Technical Credits

Barry Mann   Composer
Tamia   Liner Notes
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Programming,Producer
Brandon Alexander   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Shep Crawford   Producer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Rob Cohen   Vocal Engineer
Dawud West   Art Direction
Bart Schoudel   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Stereotypes   Producer
Ronnie Jackson   Composer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Lil Ronnie   Producer
Tai Linzie   Artwork
Claude Kelly   Composer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Jeff Edwards   Engineer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Phillip Scott   drum programming
Charles Harmon   Composer
Jeremy Reeves   Composer
Ray Romulus   Composer
Jonathan Yip   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Eddie Smith   Programming
Ken Oriole   Engineer
Terius Nash   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Lardieri   Composer,Producer
Oakwud   Producer
Autoro "Toro" Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Kyle Kashiwagi   Engineer
Tamia Hill   Composer
Jaramye Daniels   Composer
Mario "Rio" Moore   Engineer
Alicia Renee Williams   Composer
Stephen Mostyn   Composer,Producer
Godz of Analog   Producer
Ray McCullogh   Composer
Matt Burnette-Lemon   Package Production
Ace Nicklutz   Engineer
Bryan Anzel   Engineer

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