by BlackstreetBlackstreet


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Teddy Riley is an impeccable craftsman and genius of sorts, not to mention a trendsetter. In releasing so much product, however, his music can also occasionally descend into a pedestrian, formulaic version of new jack swing, the production style he himself invented, fine-tuned, and perfected. That pitfall plays out intermittently on Blackstreet's debut album. Some of the music and vocal harmonies blend together or sound like new jack retreads, and a handful of the songs are so commercially savvy and obviously directed toward the mainstream public that it is hard to wholly enjoy them. Some of the songs, too, are less than fully formed, consisting of just a single melody or groove that exists for the sole purpose of moving feet and/or giving the quartet an excuse to harmonize. More often, however, Blackstreet hits the spot with a sleek and inventive progression on the new jack template, sharpening and filling out the sound that Guy made famous. Riley makes sure the beats are hip-hop savvy and the bass is booming, and then slathers squealing synthesizer lines all over them. Frankly, he is not technically a fantastic singer, at least in comparison to his three harmonizing mates, but his voice has such a distinctive character that it has always been entirely ingratiating, making up in expressiveness for any lack in range or virtuosity. The songs on which he takes lead invariably stand out the most and tend to be the most appealing cuts. The glue on the album, though, is the tight four-part harmony singing of Blackstreet, and it leads to some brilliantly catchy R&B tracks, songs that easily stood out in the mid-'90s urban soul crowd.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/1994
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949235123
catalogNumber: 92351
Rank: 44734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackstreet   Primary Artist
Antwone Dickey   Rap
Chauncey Hannibal   Vocals
Dave Hollister   Vocals
Levi Little   Vocals
Tammy Lucas   Track Performer
Markell Riley   Rap
Teddy Riley   Vocals
Serban Ghenea   Guitar
David Roland Williams   Rap
Menton Smith   Rap
Idris Davidson   Rap
Chad Hugo   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Leon Sylvers   Producer
Michael Barber   Producer
Cerban Chenea   Engineer
Kenny Hicks   Vocal Coach
Tammy Lucas   Contributor
George Mayers   Engineer
Herb Powers   Engineer
Markell Riley   Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Erick Sermon   Producer
Roger   Composer
David Wynn   Producer
Serban Ghenea   Engineer
John McClain   Assistant Executive Producer
Chris "Lil" Smith   Producer
Mike Concepcion   Assistant Executive Producer
Chris Frazer Smith   Producer
Kimberly Smith   Engineer
John Hanes   Engineer

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