Lust, Love & Lies: An Audio Novel

Lust, Love & Lies: An Audio Novel

by Will DowningWill Downing


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Will Downing has been on a creative tear in the 21st century. Though he's released 14 albums in his 22-year career, he's issued eight of them since 2000. On his debut offering for Concord, Downing finalizes a project he's been working on for five years: a concept album. Lust, Love & Lies (An Audio Novel) is the most straightforward adult R&B recording of his career. With co-production by Downing, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and longtime collaborator Rex Rideout, the jazzy side is left behind on this date, and all of Downing's energies are concentrated on an upscale, smooth-as-silk, 20-track investigation of various states of attraction, indulgence, love, betrayal, and romantic confusion with a host of players and vocalists. Among these tunes some brief, scattered spoken word interludes meant to serve as conversations actually add weight and heft to the plot, which is more complex than it might otherwise seem. While this is the most seamlessly focused record Downing's issued and taken as a whole is deeply satisfying, there are some standout cuts: the lithe, shimmeringly light funk on "Glad I Met You Tonight," the steamy babymaker "Consensual," the full-blown romantic soul of "Fly Higher," the heartbreaker "At This Moment," and the light club stepper "Coulda Been/Shoulda Been." The story is for the listener to decipher, but it does have an unexpected ending in the spoken word reprise of "Glad I Met You Tonight," entitled "Déjà Vu." From conception to production to sequencing to songwriting to performance, Lust, Love & Lies (An Audio Novel) is another watermark for Downing. That said, it will be interesting to see how longtime fans who have relied on his fence-walking talent between smooth soul and contemporary jazz will react to a strictly R&B album -- the guess is very favorably.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072324633
catalogNumber: 32463


  1. Glad I Met You Tonight
  2. Feelin' Alright
  3. Lust At First Sight
  4. Get To Know You
  5. Tell Me
  6. Consensual
  7. Safe In His Arms
  8. Put Yo Momma On the Phone
  9. Fly Higher
  10. Saturday
  11. Guess Who's Back
  12. Shades
  13. Extra! Extra!
  14. Libido Interuptus
  15. Do You Know
  16. You Do U
  17. At This Moment
  18. I Got You Back
  19. Coulda Been/Shoulda Been
  20. Déjà Vu (Glad I Met You Tonight)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Downing   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Voices
Phil Davis   Keyboards
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Carl Carter   Bass
Melvin Davis   Bass
Noel Goring   Voices
Dave Hollister   Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Rex Rideout   Keyboards,Voices
Mark Walker   Bass
Michael White   Drums
Jerry Brooks   Bass
Darryl Dixon   Alto Saxophone
David Watson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Adam Blackstone   Bass
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Keyboards
Audrey Wheeler Downing   Background Vocals,Voices
Jonathan Arons   Trombone
Freddie Hendrix   Flugelhorn
Aja Downing   Background Vocals
Michael Rippoll   Guitar
Jason Morales   Background Vocals
Herman "Peanut" Johnson   Drums
Chops Horns   Horn
Dyana Williams   Voices,Spoken Word
Deacon Eric Williams   Spoken Word
LaJuan Carter Dent   Background Vocals
Kaz Wright   Voices

Technical Credits

Will Downing   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Management
Phil Davis   Engineer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Randy Bowland   Composer,Engineer
Dave Hollister   Composer
Rex Rideout   Producer
Billy Vera   Composer
Darryl Dixon   Horn Arrangements
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Caliph Gamble   Engineer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Tip Wyman   Engineer
G. Taylor   Composer
Manny Jimenez   Engineer
Kyle Newport   Management

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