Portrait of Carrie

Portrait of Carrie

by Carrie Lucas

CD(Canadian Import)

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Perhaps her most characteristically varied outing, Carrie Lucas' fourth album ranges in tone from the jovial light funk of "Career Girl" to the serene ballad "Just a Memory" (a duet with her frequent musical friends the Whispers) to the chipper "It's Not What You Got (It's How You Use It)." It is clear throughout that solid production doesn't hurt in spicing up Lucas' vocals, which are consistently understated. Simultaneously, her lack of theatrics set her apart from the flock of '70s and '80s female R&B divas and contribute an unmistakable uniqueness to the arrangements. The fact that Lucas regularly served co-writing duties also gives her a distinction in the pack; and she is equally at home in dance and ballad settings. Besides the previously mentioned tracks, "Keep Smilin'," a remix of 1977's "I Gotta Keep Dancin'," is particularly notable: a great hook and clever production make it disco heaven. Portrait of Carrie is a close second to the vocalist's follow-up, Still in Love. ~ Justin M. Kantor

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381408129
catalogNumber: 4081
Rank: 146546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Lucas   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Whispers   Background Vocals
Kossie Gardner   Keyboards
Kevin Spencer   Keyboards
Ernest Biles   Bass,Guitar
Freeman Brown   Drums
Melvin Coleman   Bass
Joey Gallo   Keyboards
Frederick Lewis   Percussion,Timbales
Tiemeyer McCain   Background Vocals
Kirk Perkins   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Wardell Potts   Drums
Richard Randolph   Guitar
Ernest "Pepper" Reed   Guitar
Fred Rheimert   Guitar
Werner Schuchner   Guitar
William Shelby   Keyboards
Stephen Shockley   Guitar
Otis Stokes   Background Vocals
Ahaguna G. Sun   Drums
Larry White   Guitar
Grady Wilkins   Keyboards
Rick Smith   Keyboards
Ahaguna Sun   Drums
Kenny Hudson   Percussion
Larry Michael White   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leon Sylvers   Producer
Whispers   Producer
John Stevens   Horn Conductor
Carrie Lucas   Composer,Contributor
Kossie Gardner   Producer
Bob Brown   Engineer
John Roberts   Arranger
Janice Gower   String Contractor,String Conductor
Dick Griffey   Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Grady Wilkins   Composer
Dina Andrews   Arranger,Engineer
Gene Dozier   Arranger
Tim Bryant   Art Direction
Jeff Wack   Illustrations
John Roberts   Arranger
Marge Meoli   Arranger,Engineer

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