- Released: April 24, 2006
- Label: Geffen Records
Vibe - p.2143 stars out of 5
- "[H]is efforts to define a unique sound have yielded some standout moments."
- 1.So Many Ways
- 2.This Is Your Night
- 3.You Know What - (with Lil Wayne)
- 4.4 Minutes
- 5.Stickwitu - (remix, with Pussycat Dolls)
- 6.With You
- 7.Exclusive - (with Lloyd Banks)
- 8.Right Place, Wrong Time
- 9.Grown Ass Man
- 11.Lie About Us - (with Nicole Scherzinger)
- 13.Mr. Dream
- 14.Now You Got Someone
- 15.Gpsa - (with Jermaine Dupri)
Personnel: Willie Taylor (vocals); Craig Love, Julio Miranda, Eric D. Jackson, Grecco Buratto (guitar); Pussycat Dolls Orchestra (strings); Ron Fair (harmonica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Cori Jacobs (Fender Rhodes piano); Beau Dozier, Robert Palmer (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Dave Pensado; Dexter Simmons; Jean-Marie Horvat; Jermaine Dupri; The Underdogs ; Peter Mokran; Phil Tan.
Audio Remixer: Peter Mokran.
Recording information: Chalice Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Dangerous, New York, NY; Darkchild Studios, Philadelphia, PA; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stone Recording, Chicago, IL; Studio Atlantis, Los Angeles, CA; The Underlab, Los Angeles, CA; Triangle Sound, Atlanta, GA.
Editors: Kelly "Becky 4 Real" Sheehan; Jeff Vereb.
R&B crooner Avant is as smooth as ever on DIRECTOR, but this time around his emotive, passionate vocal stylings are supported by cutting-edge production that's sharper than ever. While Avant is not averse to getting down and dirty when the situation arises, he's a romantic at heart, and many of the tunes here find him exulting in the glow of love with a rhapsodic zeal that's uncommon among many of his contemporaries. Alternately declaring himself a "Grown Ass Man" and a "Director" of carnal activities, Avant pulls off a marriage of slow-jam heavy breathing and visceral, up-front beats that makes DIRECTOR satisfying on both sonic and sensual levels.