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- Released: April 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Elektra / WEA
- 1.On My Way - (featuring Red Cafe)
- 2.More - (featuring Freck The Billionaire)
- 3.Officially Missing You
- 7.I'm Yours Lately
- 8.Into You - (featuring Fabulous)
- 11.Mr. Cool - (featuring Mario Winans)
- 12.Close to You, (They Long to Be) - (featuring Gerald Levert)
- 13.Why Ask Why
Personnel includes: Tamia (vocals); Gerald Levert (vocals); Fabulous (rap vocals); Mario Winans, Red Cafe, Freck The Billionaire.
Producers include: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jermaine Dupri, R.Kelly, Warryn Campbell, Mario Winans, Peter Lord & Jeff Smith, Shep Crawford.
Personnel: Tamia (vocals, background vocals); Gerald Levert (vocals, background vocals); Donnie Lyle, Ricardo Ramos, Jay Williams (guitar); Brion James (electric guitar); Babyface (nylon-string guitar, keyboards, programming); Joseph Edelberg, Karen Karlsrud, Tim Baker , Yong Tae Kim, Karen Rostron, Andy Schaw, Jim Burnham, Peter Krysa, Sandy Strenger, Ashley Horne, Regis Iandiorio, Paul Woodiel, Conway Kuo, Belinda Whitney (violin); Sue Pray, Crystal Garner, Richard Clark, Louis Martin (viola); Eugene J. Moye, Bruce Wang (cello); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Edwin Nicholas (keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming); Dink, Grant Hill (keyboards); Andy Gallas, Ian Mereness (programming); Kemba Francis, Latrelle, Sandra St. Victor (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Glen Marchese; Jason Goldstein; Rob Paustian; Jermaine Dupri; Ken "Duro" Ifill; Pete Tokar; Phil Tan; Puff Daddy; R. Kelly; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Basemint Studios, Cliffside Park, NJ; Brandon's Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Circle House, Miami, FL; Ear Paint Studio, Bratenahl, OH; G Spot Studio, South Russell, OH; HIt Factory; Phantom Power Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Rockland Studios, Chicago, IL; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; TransContinental Studios, Orlando, FL.
Arrangers: Dunn Pearson, Jr.; R. Kelly; 7 Aurelius.
Canadian chanteuse Tamia got a taste for the spotlight in her early teens, singing for Quincy Jones on his 1995 album Q'S JOOK JOINT, so it's no surprise that her third album, MORE, finds the vocalist refined and at top form nearly a decade later. Tamia's greatest strength is her understatement; she knows how to convey power during a song without resorting to overstated vocal acrobatics. Even when she bounds over three or more octaves in a single phrase, as on the alluring and sensual title track, she does so with a subtle agility.
Tamia also shows an equal skill with pop ballads and dance numbers. MORE opens with the bouncy, imperious "On My Way," which glides into the aforementioned title track before drifting into a collection of the sweetest of ballads, including the mournful, gentle guitar-pop of "Officially Missing You" and the insistent "Still." Fabolous drapes a gritty rap over the soft touch of "I'm Yours," while Gerald Levert joins her to dip "(They Long to Be) Close to You" in molasses and somehow discover a new angle on the well-covered tune. As these songs prove, Tamia is a powerful soul singer at the top of her game on MORE.
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