Love and Life

Love and Life

by Latoya LondonLatoya London


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LaToya London had a real good girl image while she was a finalist during the third season of American Idol. She was always perceived as strong, matronly, poised, and collected. At the time, she was married and had two stepchildren. Shortly after her fourth place finish on the show, she separated from her husband and her good girl image, as evidence on her debut album Love and Life on Peak Records. As expected, London still sounds amazing. Her vocals were consistently the strongest during her run on the show, and the album's vocals are no exceptions. Every power note is delivered with conviction, and every smooth, soft sound is crooned flawlessly. The only concern with the album is more the content itself. It borders on X-rated at points. Lines in "Waiting for You" and "Practice Makes Perfect" contain lyrics that are too inappropriate to even publish. In addition, the central focus of this album is sex. For a woman who made her fame on a family show, this style choice seems really risky. However, the impressive team of producers that London has chosen to work with have made a really smooth album that falls somewhere between an Ashanti release and a Jill Scott piece. London has a strong collection of hits that would appeal to different branches of the R&B/soul market. The lead single, "Appreciate" is a power single, complete with terrifically catchy beats, and a well placed rap by Black Thought from the Roots. The ballad portion of the album, especially considering London's decision to sing ballads continuously during the show, is rather paltry. What's really unfortunate is that the ballads are strong and impressive. "State of My Heart" is a poignant piece where London has never sounded better, even more so than on the show. Unfortunately, she has simply made some mistakes as an artist. By taking a sexually charged approach to R&B, she has lost many of the fans who supported her along the way, and her songwriting skills are not strong. London has co-written four tracks on the album, but they are four of the weaker tracks here. The highlight of the album comes right at the end, with "All by Myself," the Celine Dion ballad that first garnered attention for London. Perhaps this should send a message to London, that trying something different isn't always the way to go. In the very least, she sounds nice singing the inappropriate material.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0013431852926
catalogNumber: 8529
Rank: 66478

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Latoya London   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Bass,Guitar
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Perri   Background Vocals
Tony Lindsey   Background Vocals
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Nikita Germaine   Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Ray Bardani   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Barry J. Eastmond   Percussion,Keyboards
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Horn
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Rex Rideout   Drums,Keyboards
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Reed Vertelney   Keyboards
Michael White   Drums
Michael White   Drums
Lori Perri   Background Vocals
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Black Thought   Rap
Victor Vanacore   Strings,Synthesizer Strings
Cedricke Dennis   Guitar
Dionyza Sutton   Background Vocals
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Frank Gayer Martin   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Ray Lawson   Drums
Marquinho Brazil   Percussion
Michael Herring   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eric Carmen   Composer
Robbie Nevil   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Aleese Simmons   Composer,Vocal Producer
John Burk   Producer,Audio Production
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Matthew Gerrard   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Ken Hirsch   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jim Reitzel   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Philippe Saisse   Engineer,Synthesizer Arrangements,Basic Track
Deborah Thomas   Composer
Reed Vertelney   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Michael White   Engineer
Philip White   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Lori Perri   Vocal Arrangements
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Andi Howard   Producer,Executive Producer
Bradley Spalter   Composer
Eric Roberson   Vocal Arrangements
Tiffany Palmer   Composer
Victor Vanacore   Engineer,String Arrangements
Stereo   Programming,Audio Production
Blake English   Engineer
Ryan Moys   Engineer
Peer Astrom   Composer
Omar Edwards   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Latoya London   Composer
Carlos Ricketts   Composer
Phil Scott   Composer
Reed Vartelney   drum programming
B-Rad   Audio Production
Andrew Leavitt   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Russ Freeman   Executive Producer
Antwan Thompson   Composer,Programming,Producer

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