Entertainment Weekly - p.79
"Like Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, Hamilton also has a social conscience....Hamilton's Southern-fried slow jams go down easier than a plate of grits and gravy. Maximum R&B, indeed." -- Grade: B+
Q - p.117Ranked #85
in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Personnel: Anthony Hamilton (vocals); Kelvin Wooten (vocals, acoustic guitar, strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, drums, percussion, drum programming); James Poyser (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Mark Batson (guitar, keyboards, drums); David Forman, Curtis Chambers, Raphael Saadiq, Norris Sirone Jones (guitar); Gloria Justin, Emma Kummrow (violin); Davis A. Barnett (viola); Larry Gold (cello); Christopher Farr (saxophone); Andy Skaggs (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tim Gordon (trumpet); John Thornton (trombone); David Balfour (keyboards); Bobby Ozuna (drums, percussion, turntables); Questlove, Richard Jenkins (drums); Christopher "Wurlwyde" Pottinger (percussion); Tarsha McMillian, Stacey Richardson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Vincent Dilorenzo; Daniel Romero; Phil Tan.
Recording information: Allustrious Recording Studio, New York, NY; AXIS Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Blakeslee Recording Company, North Hollywood, CA; Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, NC; Studio 609, Philadelphia, PA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA; WoodaWorx Productions, Huntsville, AL.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
After the success of his 2003 album, COMIN' FROM WHERE I'M FROM, R&B/soul singer Anthony Hamilton followed up in earnest during 2005, first with a collection of previously unreleased tunes, SOULIFE, and then with another new studio record, AIN'T NOBODY WORRYIN'. This latter disc truly solidifies Hamilton's sterling reputation; it's an utterly confident outing that nods to 1970s soul music without being beholden to the style of that era. In fact, Hamilton's deft balancing of both vintage soul and contemporary production is what helps the expressive vocalist stand out in the crowd. Rather than calling up his R&B/rap peers for guest shots, Hamilton largely goes in alone on this solid record, allowing superstar producer Mark Batson and others to create organic backdrops that perfectly showcase his undeniable talent.