Truth [Deluxe Version]

Truth [Deluxe Version]

by Ledisi

CD(Special Edition)

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Squarely R&B albums dominated by upbeat, clean, and energetic material seemed like a forgotten art until late 2013 and early 2014 releases from the Foreign Exchange (Love in Flying Colors) and Pharrell Williams (GIRL). Ledisi continued the upswing with The Truth, her fifth Verve album. As with those preceding albums, The Truth is certainly informed by the past but sounds contemporary; even more vibrant than her own Turn Me Loose but not as rooted in early- to mid-'70s funk and soul. The memories it triggers are more likely to be connected to a period when danceable R&B songs were termed grooves rather than bangers, yet the grooves here -- like "I Blame You," "Rock with You," and, to a slightly lesser extent, "Missy Doubt" -- pack as much sophisticated retro-modern might as Beyoncé's "Love on Top" or Ne-Yo's "Champagne Life." Additionally, "That Good Good" and "Anything," both driven by heavy drums rather than basslines and more in line with urban contemporary radio, don't sound out of place, with Ledisi at full power. She puts just as much of herself into the few commanding ballads, proclaiming "I don't even ask/I'm the best you ever had" in the ace slow jam "Lose Control" and marveling "My life, it went from years to 88 boxes" in the separation wailer "88 Boxes." Succinct, consistent, vibrant, and all Ledisi all the time -- there are no guest appearances -- this is one of the singer and songwriter's best releases. [A Deluxe Version added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2014
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537659579
catalogNumber: 1982702
Rank: 48928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ledisi   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Piano,Keyboards
Klase Gonzales   Synthesizer
Dwayne "Smitty" Smith   Bass
Rashid Williams   Drums
Mark "Lace" Gibbs   Guitar
Jon Jon Traxx   Bass Guitar
Kenny Pisa   Guitar
Akene Dunkley   Keyboards
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Vocoder
Tika Sheffield   Hai Soon
Joe C. Ryan   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Paul Pesco   Composer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Michael Piazza   Vocal Engineer
Ledisi Young   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Arden Altino   Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Producer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Klase Gonzales   Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Chrisette Michele   Composer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
Stacy Barthe   Composer
Charles Harmon   Composer
Jon Jon   Producer,Vocal Producer
Grace Kim   Marketing
Christopher Gholson   Composer,Producer
Jen Montgomery   Art Direction
Jon Jon Traxx   Programming
John Webb   Composer
Roland Jack   Composer,Vocal Producer
James Kang   Vocal Engineer
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Akene Dunkley   Composer,Producer
Evan Krauss   Representation
Kevin Gasser   Management
Johnnie Smith   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Decota Letman   Publicity
Cole McCarty   Engineer
Angel Higgs   Composer
Tasha Stoute   Publicity
Jerry Duplessis   Composer
John Dee   Management
Joe C. Ryan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark Siegel   Booking

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