Teedra Moses Complex Simplicity
- Released: August 10, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: TVT
Rolling Stone - p.1083.5 stars out of 5 - "Moses has a cheery, twee voice, and on her debut she uses it to sass the men in her life."
- 1.Be Your Girl
- 2.You'll Never Find (A Better Woman) - (with Jadakiss)
- 5.No More Tears
- 6.Rescue Me
- 7.Take Me - (with Raphael Saadiq)
- 8.You Better Tell Her
- 9.Outta My Head
- 10.Complex Simplicity
- 11.For a Lifetime
- 12.Caught Up
- 13.Last Day
- 14.I Think of You (Shirley's Song)
Personnel: Teedra Moses (vocals); Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar, bass instrument); Jadakiss (rap vocals); Mac Robinson (guitar, keyboards, bass instrument, percussion); Poli Paul (keyboards); Kelvin Wooten (guitar, keyboards, drums); Gerald Clayton (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Ryan Freeland; John Frye; Daniel Romero; Kevin KD Davis.
Recording information: Blakeslee Recording Co; Enterprise Studios; Poli's Crib; Quad Recording Studios; Stampede Origin Studio.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
Teedra Moses's debut has an undeniably winning charm in its subtle, after-hours ambience. Steering well clear of the vocal gymnastics of many of her peers, Moses instead relies on the natural pleading quality that's inherent in her voice. The production, courtesy of Roots producer Paul Poli, never overwhelms, allowing Moses to float enigmatically through a set of songs that range from the relaxed, world-wise "No More Tears" to the poppy title track. The singer performs the seductive boudoir symphony of "Rescue Me," and then conjures Alicia Keys amidst the luxuriant string arrangement of "Take Me," a duet with Raphael Saadiq. Moses is capable of stronger stuff, too--"Outta My Head" is a bass-heavy dance-floor stomper that references the 1960s hit of the same name, while "Caution" proves that she knows both how to evoke '80s soul and make it her own.
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