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Put It on Paper
Genres: Pop, R&B
Putting gospel, soul, and club music on one album is usually a recipe for disaster, but former Sounds of Blackness lead vocalist Ann Nesby stands up to the challenge. Her sophomore effort is a luscious mix of the aforement... more »
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Putting gospel, soul, and club music on one album is usually a recipe for disaster, but former Sounds of Blackness lead vocalist Ann Nesby stands up to the challenge. Her sophomore effort is a luscious mix of the aforementioned styles, strengthened by the sophisticated production of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Chicago house-music legend Steve "Silk" Hurley, Gerald Isaac, and others. While an inspired cover of Brainstorm's "Lovin' Is Really My Game" and other dance-oriented tunes are engaging pulse-pumpers, true inspiration is found in Nesby's slow ballads and gospel numbers. Among its 13 strong selections, the album's crown jewel has got to be the title track, a hip-grinding, soul-stirring duet with the incomparable Al Green. Don't let yourself down and fall in love with Ann Nesby today. --Rebecca Levine
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Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 03/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The above title is in no way meant to demean Nesby's latest effort. If anything, it is to imply the greatness of the release. For the listener, "Put It On Paper" equals anything done by the Queen of Soul. Nesby and a bevy of producers have presented a disc that is contemporary R &B while maintaining the integrity of the artist's gospel roots. Kicking off the set with sultry "Seasons," the singer follows that track with the reflective "She Can't Love You." This particular cut should resonate with all ladies that have had to deal with "the other woman." Backed by a superbly arranged chorus, Nesby's voice has never sounded stronger.Next up (following a short "interlude") comes the title cut, a current radio favorite featuring none other than The Reverend Al Green. These two are, forgive the cliché, "a match made in Heaven." Only he can match the singer's passion and strength.Track number five, "Tonight's the Night" is a hip-hop ditty with rap by "Big Mike." With proper promotion, the song should garner a youthful following."I Can't Get Over You," "You Always Cared,"and "Where Would I Be" are uniquely different lyrically but Nesby's intensity is the stuff that makes them so cohesively like one. The Sounds of Blackness, Nesby's former recording partners, is on hand to accompany the singer on the inspirational "I'm Your Friend."Ready for Mother's Day is "Advice," a duet with Jamecia Bennett. There are not enough adjectives to describe how wondrous this composition is.To call any cuts "weak" is to be unfair. But, the remaining songs ("Lovin' Is Really My Game," "Let Your Will Be Done," and "Love Is What You Need"), released earlier in their original forms and dance remixes on "Love is What We Need (The Dance Essentials)," work for their intended audience: the dance club crew. However, if her record label is trying to market Nesby as a "disco diva," it is truly in error.Such a powerhouse vocalist does not deserve to be "categorized" in one musical genre.The lady can do them all!!!"
forhisdamnself | Planet Groove | 04/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazing vocal ballet, superb songs, flawless engineering..thats Sounds Of Blackness's Ann Nesby's "Put it on Paper". Nothing more to add thats gonna make it any different from that of other reviewers' who obviously know what they're talking about. I just wished she had more up-tempo stuff to balance out the CD. Go git' this now, you'll love it."
You Betta Recognize!
The Groove | Boston, MA | 08/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ladies and gentlemen, Ann Nesby has entered the room. Roll out the carpet and hand this sista a mike, because she's about to bring the house down again! Her dynamite new album, "Put It On Paper," is a winning mix of r&b, house, and gospel that makes Nesby as much a lady of soul as her high-profile contemporaries. The heart of the album is the sizzling title track which is a duet with the legendary Al Green. The chemistry these two singers bring to the table must be witnessed to be believed, and they compliment each other nicely. Her producers, which include house meister Steve "Silk" Hurley, Jam and Lewis, and Mousse T, give Nesby's songs the muscle her voice demands. Uplifting, positive, and affirming, "Put it On Paper" isn't to be ignored or slept-on."