Muzik: 4 out of 5 - "...this one sophisticated slice of laid back, smooth soul....its fresh approach in the lyric department...is its saving grace..."
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item number: 22635M
- Released: March 7, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: East/West Records
Entertainment Weekly - 3/10/00, pp.71-2"...compelling tales of love - new, betrayed...enduring, and out of reach - on his fetching fourth solo CD....what he lacks in subtlety, he makes up for in heart." - Rating: B+
Muzik - 4/00, p.1064 out of 5 - "...this one sophisticated slice of laid back, smooth soul....its fresh approach in the lyric department...is its saving grace..."
Vibe - 11/99, p.198"...[This] seductively slick LP is full of deftly syncopated, state-of-the-street arrangements that are offset by candid, nicely gritty lyrics....[his] moonstruck spirit seems as familiar as a classic love song, and as timeless."
- 1.Application (I'm Lookin' For A New Love)
- 2.Callin' Me
- 3.Nothin' To Somethin'
- 4.Strings, Strings
- 5.It Hurts Too Much To Stay - (with Kelly Price)
- 6.Mr. Too Damn Good
- 7.She Done Been
- 8.Heart Don't
- 9.Don't Take It Away
- 10.Second Time Around
- 12.Baby U Are
Personnel includes: Gerald Levert (vocals, drums, programming); Kelly Price (vocals); Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Shawn Smith (various instruments); Paul Pesco, Randy Bowland (guitar); Terri Pontremoli, Susan Britton, Maria Andreini (violin); Don Crossley, Ellen Herskowitz (viola); Linda Anderson (cello); Kenny Anderson (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Walter White, Joe Miller (trumpet); Paul Ferguson (trombone); Kenny Dickerson (keyboards, programming); Edwin Nicholas, Niles McKinney (keyboards); Ann Gilbert (bass); Lincoln Browder, Brandi Chyna Simpson, Antonio Tone Mobley, Antoinette Roberson, Kim Thorpe, (background vocals).
Producers include: Darryl "Delite" Allamby, Gerald Levert, Joe Little, Kelly Price, Edwin Nicholas.
Engineers include: Pete Tokar, Joahn Nelson, Gerald Robinson.
Personnel: Gerald Levert (vocals, drums, keyboard programming, background vocals); Craig T. Cooper (guitar, drums, keyboard programming); Murf, Paul Pesco, Randy Bowland (guitar); Tom Fetherston, Wei-Shu Co., Susan Britton, Christine Reeves, Diane Barnett, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky (violin); Peter Nocella, Ellen Herskowitz (viola); Linda Anderson (cello); Kenny Anderson (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jack Faith (flute); Joe Miller, Walter White (trumpet); Paul Ferguson (trombone); Edwin "Tony" Nicholas (keyboards, drums, keyboard programming); Kenny Dickerson (keyboards, keyboard programming, drum programming); Michael Jackson, Niles McKinney (keyboards); Joe Little III (drums, keyboard programming); Harvey Price (percussion); Shawn Smith (programming); Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Brandi "Chyna" Simpson, Lincoln Browder , Kelly Price, Antoinette Roberson, Sherena Wynn (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kenny Dickerson; Peter Mokran.
Recording information: 2000 Watts Studio, New York, NY; Conway Studio, CA; Ear Paint Studios, Bratenahl, O; On The Way Studi; South Beach Studio, Miami, FL.
Photographer: Tony Duran .
Arrangers: Edwin "Tony" Nicholas; Gerald Levert; Joe Little III; Kelly Price.
Levert's reputation caught up with his lineage a long time before this 2000 release. The only thing the child of an O'Jay and leader of his surnamed band of brothers has to prove on G is that he can conjure up new ways to make the ladies swoon. No need to worry on that front, as G is sure to satisfy the candlelight-dinner plans of lovers and lovers of love around the world. What separates Levert from the crowd of R&B crooners is what allows most cream to rise to the top-the unique flavor of the man's vocals.
On G, Levert lets his sugar flow over various portraits of love in bloom, love on the rocks, and the requisite assertions of self. He blasts his way through the brassy, brash "Application (I'm Looking for a New Love)," growls out "Callin' Me," and breathes life into the serene "Nothin' to Something." By the time Kelly Price drops in on the jacked-up ballad "It Hurts Too Much to Stay," there's no turning away from the sweet softness of Levert and his confectionary G.