Rolling Stone - 12/26/96, p.186
"...stunning four-part vocal interplay--imagine a West Coast, low-ridin' blend of the Temptations' Motown vitality and the Delfonics' smooth Philly croon--and the virile thump of Riley's jeep-beat programming..."
Muzik - 11/96, p.1283.5 out of 5
- "...superb talents....The exquisitely wonderful 'Happy Song' somehow resembles a black version of 'Mr. Sandman', while 'Paradise' is so concise, Quincy Jones could have created it..."
Vibe - 11/96, p.135
"...a hybrid of old-world soul and new-school hip hop....ANOTHER LEVEL marks Riley's positive reentry into the universe of soul music....Teddy still jams..."
The Source - 11/96, p.140
"He's back....Teddy Riley...bombards the R&B world....ANOTHER LEVEL is a welcome change from the recycled beats plaguing the current generation of R&B songs....the other level."
Blackstreet: Teddy "Street" Riley, Eric "E" Williams (vocals, various instruments); Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Mark L. Middleton (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Dr. Dre, Queen Pen, Beverly Crowder, Karen Anderson, Shaquanna Elam, Darryl Adams, ELAN, Lamenga Ford, Shannon Cooper, Deja, Taja (vocals); William Stewart, Sprague Williams, Serban Ghenea, Eric Williams, Wesley Hoggs, Tommy Sims (various instruments); Frank "Nitty" Pimental, Roosevelt Harrell (programming).
"No Diggity" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and was nominated for Best R&B Song.
Personnel: Beverly Crowder (vocals, rap vocals); Elan , Shaquanna Elam, Lamenga Ford, Shannon Cooper, Karen Anderson (vocals); Queen Pen (rap vocals); Eric Williams, Frank Nitty Pimentel, Sprague Williams, William Stewart , Wesley Hoogs, Roosevelt Harrell, Tommy Simms , Teddy Riley (programming).
Audio Mixers: George Meyers; Serban Ghenea; Teddy Riley; John Hanes .
Recording information: Future Studios, Carribean Sound Basin & Capital Studios.
Photographer: Dorothy Low.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Julius McKelvey; Mark Middleton.
Arrangers: Eric Williams; Frank Nitty Pimentel; Sprague Williams; William Stewart ; Wesley Hoogs; Chauncey Hannibal; Tommy Simms ; Teddy Riley.
Teddy Riley's fans were begging for a reunion of Guy, the trio with which he brought deep-soul music back to the R&B genre, but Riley chose to forge ahead with his new band, Blackstreet, instead. Wise move. Blackstreet's second album really does take the Riley R&B sound to ANOTHER LEVEL. It's one of the best R&B albums we've heard in a long time.
The tracks here are unbelievably funky, and though two of Blackstreet's four singers have turned over since the debut--the new ones are Eric Williams and Mark L. Middleton--the vocal harmonies are breathtaking. Classic Stevie Wonder would be an apt comparison. Riley evokes old-school soul a number of times here--"Don't Leave Me" and "The Lord Is Real" sample the DeBarge tunes "A Dream" and "Time Will Reveal," respectively. But that's not to say Blackstreet doesn't move forward to ANOTHER LEVEL, because with super-producer Riley, of course it does.