Rolling Stone - No. 984, p.1503.5 stars out of 5
- "...Charlie Wilson wields a husky voice and fiery delivery that's been almost as influential on the past twenty years of make R&B singers as Whitney Houston was on the females...."
Personnel: Charlie Wilson (vocals); Charlie Wilson; will.i.am (vocals, rap vocals, synthesizer); Eritza Laues (vocals); Snoop Dogg, Twista (rap vocals); Donnie Lyle, Eric D. Jackson (guitar); Barry J. Eastmond (piano); Debi Nova, Rodney East, Kendall D. Nesbitt, Clarence Allen (keyboards); Greg Pagani, Andy Gallas, Ian Mereness (programming); Pam Taylor, Glenn Lewis, Anthony King, Durrell Babbs (background vocals); Justin Timberlake (vocals, keyboards, drums).
Audio Mixers: R. Kelly; Kevin "KD" Davis; Vincent Dilorenzo; Dave Russell ; Abel Garibaldi.
Recording information: 1023 Productions, Hollywood, CA; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Chalice Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Da Mill, NJ; Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; sony Studios, NY; Studio 609, Philadelphia, PA; The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The Ciarron Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Ranch, Acton, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; The Underlab, Los Angeles, CA; Trianle Sound, Atlanta, GA.
Editors: Dabling Harward; Dave Russell .
Photographers: Kevin Winter; Keith Major.
Arranger: R. Kelly.
When former Gap Band vocalist Charlie Wilson appeared on Snoop Dogg's "Signs" with Justin Timberlake, the 2004 track gave the Oklahoma native the widest exposure since his funk group's late-1970s/early-'80s glory days. In 2005, Wilson followed up on this momentum with the solo disc CHARLIE, LAST NAME WILSON, a potent dose of contemporary R&B that features production work by R. Kelly. Though much of the album is straight-up R&B/soul, it does stop in hip-hop territory, most notably on the steamy "So Hot" and the defiant "You Got Nerve" (with a guest shot by Snoop). Two other highlights reveal the smooth-voiced Wilson's range--"No Words" is a romantic ballad that will have listeners swooning, while "Floatin'" (performed with Timberlake and the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am) revisits party-ready Gap Band-like funk. With its mix of old-school talent and 21st-century sounds, CHARLIE, LAST NAME WILSON is sure to appeal to a deservedly wide audience.