Souled Out [Deluxe Version]

Souled Out [Deluxe Version]

by Jhené Aiko

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In the early 2000s, Jhené Aiko was a B2K associate signed to TUG, the Epic subsidiary operated by Chris Stokes. The teenage singer appeared on B2K projects and numerous compilations and soundtracks, released a solo single, and recorded an album that was shelved. She subsequently left the industry for several years, then resurfaced in 2010 like a new artist -- one with a voice and approach different than squeaky and peppy, less Yummy Bingham's "Come Get It," more Cassie's "Me & U." Featured roles on tracks by Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q boosted her profile and cred, as did a 2011 mixtape that involved the likes of Lamar, Kanye West, Drake, and Miguel. Producer No I.D. signed her to his Def Jam-supported Artium, where she released a late 2013 EP led by "The Worst," a Top Ten R&B single. As that song was finishing its run, she followed up with early singles from Souled Out, her proper debut album. When the set was released, Aiko's style -- shaped in part by accommodating producers like Fisticuffs, Dot da Genius, and No I.D. -- was instantly recognizable. On Souled Out, the singer and songwriter's form of contemporary R&B continues to blur the line between seductive and sleepy, her voice among the lowest wattage in commercial music history. Just as she is wistful about "summer nights and water fights" (in "Eternal Sunshine") and "turquoise seas and ocean breezes" (in "Spotless Mind"), she often injects sharply contrasting melodrama ("Now many men/Many, many, many, many men/Wish death upon me") with only minor variations in tone. Sonically, the majority of these songs can be classified as slow jams, but Aiko deals with some form of relationship turmoil in nearly every one of them; given the amount of introspection, the album is most suited for coping with stress. Aiko can be maddeningly platitudinal and singsongy, but her one dimension is a specific balmy backdrop provided by no one else. [A Deluxe Version added two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537954315
catalogNumber: 002140702
Rank: 51737

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jhené Aiko   Primary Artist
James Poyser   Piano,Keyboards
Kevin Randolph   Piano
Tom Peyton   Percussion
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Gregg Rominiecki   Background Vocals
Crystal Torres   Trumpet
Steve Wyreman   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Bells
Ben Schwier   Organ,Piano
Derek Taylor   Percussion,Timpani
Thomas Lea   Violin,Viola
Ron Avant   Keyboards
Thundercat   Bass
Nate Mercereau   French Horn
Doc Allison   Cello
Claire Courchene   Cello
Juan F. "Jef" Villaluna   Guitar

Technical Credits

Freddie Perren   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Brian Warfield   Composer,Engineer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Torbjørn Brundtland   Composer
Darrell Branch   Composer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Donnie Scantz   Engineer
Keni St. Lewis   Composer
Svein Berge   Composer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Stephen Bruner   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Tai Linzie   Package Production
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Gregg Rominiecki   Engineer
Christian Plata   Engineer
O. Omishore   Composer
Dot Da Genius   Producer
Fisticuffs   Producer,Engineer
Ketrina 'Taz' Askew   Executive Producer
Mac Robinson   Composer
Thundercat   Producer
Clams Casino   Producer
Key Wane   Producer
No Id   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Volpe   Composer
Brinton Ewart   Composer
Briton "Woodro Skillson" Ewart   Additional Production
Paul Lane   Package Production
Michael Law Thomas   Engineer
Dwane Weir   Composer
Jhené Chilombo   Composer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Chris Le   Art Direction,Package Production
Josh Story   Engineer
Tricia Sterling   Marketing Coordinator

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