I Missed Us

I Missed Us

by SWV


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I Missed Us doesn't sound like the work of a group that went 15 years without releasing a studio album. For their first proper studio set since 1997's Release Some Tension, SWV signed with eOne and worked extensively with Cainon Lamb (aka Lamb), co-producer of Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go," Jazmine Sullivan's "Need U Bad," Monica's "Everything to Me," and Beyoncé's "Countdown." Looking at that broad mix of contemporary songs from exceptional female R&B artists, it's obvious that Lamb and SWV are well suited for one another. Lamb wrote and produced the album's first nine songs; he seems to have approached the women as if they don't have a history and have no expectations beyond delivering a high-quality 2012 R&B album. What throwback twists exist -- like the Bob James sample in "All About You" and the use of Rufus & Chaka Khan's disco-funk classic "Do You Love What You Feel" in "Do Ya" -- have nothing to do with attempting to relive SWV's past. In fact, the only aspect that resembles the past is the women's voices. There are some impeccable arrangements, best heard on the confrontational and seductive "Better Than I" (also a trunk rattler) and the theatrical ballad "Keep You Home." The four songs with other collaborators almost seem like bonus tracks, given the strength of the 34-minute Lamb portion, but they don't sound all that out of place. A stormy cover of Patti LaBelle's hit 1983 ballad "If Only You Knew" puts an exclamation point on one of the best comeback albums of the last decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923217022
catalogNumber: 2170

Album Credits

Performance Credits

SWV   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jean Baylor   Background Vocals
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Keyboards
Allen Irvin   Background Vocals
Anthony "Smash" Randolph   Guitar,Keyboards
Nathan Clemons   Bass
Kendall Glider   Guitar
Taurian Osborne   Bass,Keyboards
Cainon Lamb   Drums
Leonard Stephens   Keyboards
Michael "Big Mike" Clemons   Drums
Tadarious McCombs   Bass
Raymond Gorden   Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dexter Wansel   Composer
Miguel Castro   Engineer
Cynthia Biggs   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leanne Lyons   Executive Producer
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Ray Ray   Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Vocal Producer
Anthony Randolph   Composer
Jean Baylor   Composer,Vocal Producer
Kevin Ross   Composer
Sam Thomas   Engineer
Marcus Siskind "DL"   Executive Producer
Andrew Thielk   Engineer
Alexander Gardner   Composer
Loren Barton   Engineer
Taurian Osborne   Composer,drum programming
Cainon Lamb   Composer,Vocal Producer
Leonard Stephens   Composer
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Michael "Big Mike" Clemons   Producer
Richard "Richie" Reale   Engineer
Cory Taylor   Executive Producer,Management,Booking
Cheryl Clemons   Executive Producer
Brianna Perry   Composer
Attozio Towns   Composer
Zorenzo Smith   Composer
Tami L. August   Composer
Tamara Johnson-George   Executive Producer
Shonie Sharell   Composer
Richard Reale   Engineer
Raymond Gorden   Composer
Nehemie Celestin   Composer

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