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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000DYMRN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
  2. Free At Last
  3. Lucille
  4. Mama Knew Love
  5. "Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens"
  6. Since I Seen't You
  7. Charlene
  8. I'm A Mess
  9. Comin' From Where I'm From
  10. Better Days
  11. Lucille
  12. Float
  13. My First Love
  14. Chyna Black
  15. I Tried

Product Description

Product Description

RCA 8287656777; RCA - Italia;

BBC Review

Although there are many reference points within Anthony Hamilton’s work, he remains a singular, special figure in modern soul. John Legend and D’Angelo have enjoyed greater acclaim in the UK, but Hamilton is perhaps the connoisseur’s choice amongst the many sensitive male singer-songwriters of the 90s and 00s.

A sultry delight from start to finish, Hamilton successfully creates his own universe on this second studio album, its title a generous nod to Steve Wonder’s Where I’m Coming From. Working from a palette fusing neo-soul, R&B, gospel, hip hop, G-funk and even tinges of country, Jermaine Dupri and Mark Batson’s production is reminiscent of Willie Mitchell’s, intimate, close-up work with Al Green. It creates an intense, emotional atmosphere.

Hamilton’s unhurried voice conveys passion and pain with a rich, smoky soulfulness that echoes his influences – Green, Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye. But his style is not just a simple regurgitation of these fabled talents; Hamilton’s delivery feels fresh and new. His pieces unfold at a leisurely pace, but never outstay their welcome.

Arguably Hamilton’s defining moment, keening ballad Charlene is a perfect example of his craft, relaxed to the point of soporific. Elsewhere, the title track is an introspective rumination about trying to climb out of the ghetto, and Better Days is a marvellous blend of disco ballad and sun-kissed, ethereal soul.

Junius Bervine’s production on Float adds a touch a drama to the mid-tempos of the album. Hamilton even reinterprets AOR on the choruses of Chyna Black with Eric Coombes’ chopping metal guitar and the sustained, subtle attack of Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. I Tried closes the album in a more conventional gospel approach.

Although he has remained relatively underground in the UK, the USA fell for Anthony Hamilton in a big way, Comin’ From Where I’m From going top 20 and Platinum-certified. It received a clutch of Grammy nominations, which set him on course for a successful decade, including 2011’s Back to Love, another US top 20 hit.

--Martin Aston

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Format: Audio CD
Anthony Hamilton's now 4th studio album for most will be his debut. Either way this is album stands out among a sea of neo-soul artists. His rootsy, gospel approach to neo-soul/r&b gives him a sense of genuiness (he writes and produces most tracks) that is unparalleled among male artists for the most part by capturing that essence of soulful urban music. It's true, its real sounding. It emmulates the proverbial elephant: you know it when you see it (or hear it) but can't describe it. If you didnt know where you're bones were before, you feel this album to them now.
His slightly gravely voice is yet so silky and seduces you through this 12 track album. 12 is the magic number to give you just enough and yet makes you hit repeat each and everytime. His sound is southern, no doubt. "Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens" epitomises that. While "Charlene" is the most popular song off the album it, unlike other albums of today, does not a pariah to the rest of the album.
This is what music should be like now and makes you think of Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, and Bobby Womack. On a more modern tip, he sits comfortably with his better contemporaries like Leela James, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, and D'Angelo. I thoroughly look forward to his future work.
BEST TRACKS (really hard pushed here): 1) Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens 2) Charlene 3) I'm A Mess, 4) Mama Knew Love, 5) general tie with the other tracks.
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Anthony Hamilton is the future!! this album is simply unbelieveable!!
his voice is a original urban feal.. its a husky style!! it works brilliantly!! he is here to bring new versions to the rnb/soul industry.. and he does it without a doubt!!
before i bought this album i had only heard 'charlene' but that was enough to make me go and buy it!!
my favourites on this album is 'lucile'!! which i have heard over and over again and never lose the feelin i got the first time!! also 'charlene','comin from where im from','im a mess' and 'i tried' are outstanding songs.. with new soul beats that will beat anything ive heard before!!
the smooths beats are relaxin and make anova level to music!!
if you like soul at all and want a modern version which is simply the best out get this!!!!
also people like carl thomas, dwele, maxwell, tevin campbell are for you!!
if u agree and fink this album is gd then no doubt the biggest thing the rock the music world will be JOHN LEGEND!! trust me!!
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This is a great debut album, from Anthony.
He has a great soul voice sounding somewhat similar to the late Dino Conner from H-Town.
Pretty much all the songs are great on this CD and I would recommend buying it.
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2004
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I borrowed this from a friend of mine a couple of months back and it hasnt left the CD player yet (I bought my own of course). If you like 2.35pm (Calvin) and Musiq then you will love this. It has a couple of excellent slow ballads, Charlene and Lucille. You may have your favourite tracks after buying this but I guarantee you will not skip a track, it really is that good. Early days but I'm calling this the best album of 2004 already !!! BUY IT NOW !
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I first heard Anthony Hamilton on Roy Hargrove's "RH Factor" album, and thought wow who is this guy?
When i heard he had a new album out i just had to have it, & i wasn't let down.
This is a smooth feelgood album that won't leave you disappointed, my favourite track is number 8 "Lucille", just dim the lights and float away with this beautiful song.
It's a must for soul lovers everywhere.
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First things first, believe me, YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING LIKE THIS. Anthony Hamilton, more so than any other artist, including people such as Ruben Studdard and Musiq, is going to completely revitalise the soul genre.
This album is perfection from start to finish. Every song is oustanding in terms of lyrics and performance from Anthony. Literally, this guy puts everything into every song and his voice is one of the best and most unique I have ever heard.
Personal favourites include 'I'm a Mess', 'Comin' From Where I'm From' and especially 'Charlene', although any of the songs could be included in this list. Everyone should own this album and it should go down in history as one of the most accomplished albums by one of the world's greatest singers.
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I have had this album for about 4 months now, and I cannot describe to you the deepth of it... some albums have "fillers", this is not the case with this. This guy sings from his soul!!!! NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!!!!
Anthony has a unique voice, and the production is stop on. Do not sleep on this album, it was my best buy of 2004, and it is one of my best cds. If someone stole it, or god for bid I lost it....it would be back in my basket asap.
Buy it!!!!
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2004
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I first heared Anthony Hamilton in his work with the Nappy Roots. He has a rare talent, his voice and sound oozes the blues and his sound is so soulful. He is a must for any collection.
Chyna Black is so beautiful, everything is perfect the vocals and the instrumentals.
If you desire an album you wish to relax to and have your emotions worked buy this album.
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