Feel the Real

Feel the Real

by Musiq (Soulchild), David Luke, Doobie Powell Musiq (Soulchild)
Feel the Real

Feel the Real

by Musiq (Soulchild), David Luke, Doobie Powell Musiq (Soulchild)


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Just a year and a half after Taalib Johnson released the Warryn Campbell collaboration Life on Earth, he delivered 24 songs -- nearly 100 minutes' worth of material -- this time recorded with almost a dozen mostly new production associates. Increased song quantity and credits length aren't the only details that differentiate Feel the Real from the preceding album. This combines fresh material created following the 2016 release with a touched-up backlog of tracks written during the previous few years. Though that might seem like more stitch-work than what's displayed on the cover, Feel the Real is uncommonly steady for a double album, consisting mostly of midtempo hip-hop soul productions with Johnson's dependably easygoing yet heartfelt vocal technique. A couple booming trap-styled diversions and a flashy band-oriented section in "Sooner or Later" aside, Feel the Real isn't particularly indulgent, tending to stay in the Musiq Soulchild comfort zone. Johnson's lyrical approach is likewise focused. He directly addresses a lover -- potential, long-term, departing -- convincing her to take it to the next level on the gliding "Benefits" (like a more aggressive "Just Friends"), pressing reset on the early-'70s throwback "Start Over," and praising her generosity on "Fact of Love." Marsha Ambrosius contributes the opening title song, a coasting/bobbing highlight. In the intro to "The Moon," which really should be the finale, Neil deGrasse Tyson is so into dropping science that he sounds like he's about to break from script and launch into "You Are My Starship." These songs and a few others add up to 40 minutes of standouts amid a greater amount of uniformly adequate -- never poor -- material. For anyone who can't get enough of Johnson's light grooves and graceful hooks, teasing out the gems should be worth the effort.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2017
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923884422
catalogNumber: 8844
Rank: 50095


Disc 1

  1. Feel the Real
  2. Benefits
  3. Serendipity
  4. Sooner or Later
  5. My Bad
  6. Start Over
  7. Hard Liquor
  8. Shudawudacuda
  9. Broken Hearts
  10. Love Me Back
  11. I'm Good
  12. Jussa Lil Bih

Disc 2

  1. Humble Pie
  2. Party Life
  3. One More Time
  4. Let Go
  5. Test Drive
  6. Like the Weather
  7. Fact of Love
  8. Heaven Only Knows
  9. The Moon
  10. We Go Together Now
  11. Sunrise Serenade
  12. Simple Things

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Musiq (Soulchild)   Primary Artist
David Luke   Synthesizer
Doobie Powell   Instrumental
Rod Harris   Guitar
Jimmy Jones   Trombone
Phil Cornish   Keyboards
Rod Harris   Guitar
Geremy Wimbush   Drums
Gwen Bunn   Synthesizer
Payge Cooper   Drums
Julian McGuire   Guitar
Frank Houston   Saxophone
Jonathan Troy   Bass
Terence Harper   Trumpet
Donovan Jarvis   Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Luke   Producer
Doobie Powell   Programming,Producer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Marsha Ambrosius   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Producer
Phil Cornish   Producer
Dan Cohen   Engineer
Sean Mack   Artwork
Christopher Bradley   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
June Summers   Composer
Cyrus Deshield   Composer
BLAQSMURPH   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Key   Composer
Leo Sibilly   Engineer
J'rell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Husel   Composer
Willie Hyn   Composer
Julie Summers   Composer
Neil deGrasse Tyson   Composer
Chris Theory   Vocal Arrangements
Jonathan Troy   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
GMJR   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Alexander Lloyd   Composer
Alexander Plummer   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Elijah Y. Whittingham   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Campbellson Shackleton   Composer

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