The Truth [Japan Bonus Tracks]

The Truth [Japan Bonus Tracks]

by Cherish

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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After achieving moderate success with a couple of snappy singles in 2006, the yet-to-be distinguished girl group Cherish returned to the studios in order to hit the stardom they hungered for. Their debut release, "Unappreciated," was a solid effort, but lacked the finesse or style to bring them to the next level. On their second release, "The Truth," the four King sisters, Farrah, Neosha, Felisha and Fallon, have dropped a slick, smooth sampling that delivers a more consistent set of jamming R&B songs. Starting right from the lead single "Killa," we see a more edgy, popped out quartet who seem more desirous of making waves on radio stations. The beats are hotter on this album, yet the slow tracks pile up, and the disc is thick on serious subjects and heartbreak and anger, which kills much of the momentum. Ultimately though, even on groove ballads like "Amnesia" or "Only One," the girls are more distinctive than before; rather than falling back on simplistic snapping sounds, the girls branch out into mainstream pop and R&B, allowing them to be more accessible to a wider audience. Overall, the music quality isn't bad. In fact, many of the ballads are strong records; they just don't fit the mold of today's market to a "T." Had the album been released seven or eight years prior, it would be a classic to this day, similar to Destiny's Child's The Writing's on the Wall. Vocally, the solo voices are reminiscent of Rihanna and Ciara, yet not personal enough to be distinctive. The girls still do not succeed at being stand-alone talents; yet as a foursome, they sound pure and refreshing, and the four-part harmonies soar over the synthetics that would hold down so many other groups. If the album featured more crashing, upbeat numbers, which are the strongest songs on the album, then the girls would've had their first true hit record. Instead, they have showed us dollops of potential and group talent, and a terrific, outdated R&B album, but they're still underwhelming when it comes to showing us the radio goods, which are just a touch too slow for today's pop/R&B markets. Where they have succeeded however, is in establishing themselves as an honest R&B girl group, something that is missing in a world of music flooded by seductive sextets and oversexual pop princesses. [The 2008 Japanese edition included two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2008
Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC: 4988006861435
catalogNumber: 66777
Rank: 260293

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cherish   Primary Artist
Thomas Drayton   Bass
Jeremy Johnson   Keyboards
Ced Keyz   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Howard White   Engineer
Eric Hudson   Producer,Instrumentation
Kuk Harrell   Engineer
Josh Butler   Engineer
Don Vito   Producer
Henry "Noonie" Lee   Executive Producer
Leota Blacknor   Management
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Azuolas Sinkevicius   Engineer
Cory Williams   Engineer
Ellen To   Art Direction
James Murray   Engineer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Jody Breeze   Composer
Kori Anders   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Josh Houghkirk   Engineer
Yung Joc   Composer
Donald Albright "D Day"   Management
Steve Fisher   Engineer
Felisha King   Producer
Fallon King   Producer
Justin Trawick   Engineer
Brandon Bowles   Engineer
Jeremy Johnson   Arranger
Ced Keyz   Producer
Theron Feemster   Producer,Instrumentation

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