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After The Storm

Monica

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If the gap between Monica's first and second albums wasn't long enough, After the Storm followed nearly five years after its predecessor. That's an extended period of inactivity by anyone's standards, let alone a still-young performer whose first two albums went multi-platinum. Despite that often problematic issue, After the Storm picks up where The Boy Is Mine left off with nary a speed bump. Rather than come across as if there's lost time being made up, the album has all the assuredness and smart developments that should keep Monica's younger longtime followers behind her -- all the while holding the ability to appeal to a wider spectrum of R&B and hip-hop fans. The batch of Missy Elliott-produced songs -- "Get It Off," "So Gone," "Knock Knock" -- provide a bulk of the most exciting material, with just the right amount of swagger added to the singer's more wide-eyed personality of the '90s. Another promising aspect is that Monica did a fair amount of the composing herself; while not every tune is solid, "I Wrote This Song" can go toe to toe with any of the hits she's had written for her. The only significant factor working against her is that snail's-pace release schedule.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Intro
Monica
00:01:04

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Composer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Vocal - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Producer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lyricist - Souldiggaz, Co-Producer - Monica, Performer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

2
Get It Off
Monica featuring Dirtbag
00:04:19

Craig Brockman, Misc. Prod. - Marcella Araica, 2nd Engineer - Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya, Recording Engineer - Steve Standard, Lyricist - Steve Standard, Composer - Monica featuring Dirtbag, Performer - Jermany James, Lyricist - Jermany James, Composer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Background Vocal - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Composer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lyricist - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Producer - DJ Scratchator, Co-Producer - H. Jordan, Lyricist - H. Jordan, Composer - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - C. Brockman, Composer - C. Brockman, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

3
So Gone
Monica
00:04:02

Javier Valverde, 2nd Engineer - Kenneth Cunningham, Composer - Kenneth Cunningham, Lyricist - Kenneth Cunningham, Co-Producer - Marcella Araica, 2nd Engineer - Demacio Castellon, Recording Engineer - Tweet, Vocal - Monica, Performer - Monica, Background Vocal - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Composer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lyricist - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Producer - Zyah Ahmonuel, Composer - Zyah Ahmonuel, Lyricist - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - Jamahl Rye, Composer - Jamahl Rye, Lyricist - Jamahl Rye, Co-Producer

(P) 2003 Sony Music Entertainment

4
U Should've Known Better (Album Version)
Monica
00:04:17

Monica Arnold, Composer - Monica Arnold, Lyricist - Harold Lilly, Composer - Harold Lilly, Lyricist - Monica, Performer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Jermaine Dupri, Mixing Engineer - Phil Tan, Mixing Engineer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Brian Frye, Engineer

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Don't Gotta Go Home (featuring DMX)
Monica featuring DMX
00:03:55

Michael McCoy, Recording Engineer - Jim Briggs, 2nd Engineer - Fabian Marasciullo, Recording Engineer - Monica Arnold, Background Vocal - Monica featuring DMX, Performer - Antoine L. Macon, Composer - Antoine L. Macon, Lyricist - RJ, Guitar - Ryan Bowser, Lyricist - Ryan Bowser, Producer - Ryan Bowser, Drums - Ryan Bowser, Misc. Prod. - Ryan Bowser, Keyboards - Ryan Bowser, Composer - Ryan Bowser, Programmer - Chris Young, 2nd Engineer - Richard Balmer, Recording Engineer - Earl Simmons, Composer - Earl Simmons, Lyricist - Bam, Keyboards - Bam, Misc. Prod. - Bam, Drums - Bam, Producer - Bam, Programmer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

6
Knock Knock
Monica
00:04:17

Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya, Recording Engineer - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - Marcella Araica, 2nd Engineer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lyricist - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Background Vocal - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Producer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Composer - Kanye West, Composer - Kanye West, Producer - Kanye West, Lyricist - Monica, Performer - Lee Hatim, Lyricist - Lee Hatim, Composer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

7
Breaks My Heart
Monica
00:04:26

Bill Malina, Engineer - Shamora Crawford, Lyricist - Shamora Crawford, Composer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Soulshock & Karlin, Producer - Monica, Performer - Kenneth Karlin, Producer - Kenneth Karlin, Composer - Kenneth Karlin, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer - Carsten Shack, Producer - Carsten Shack, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

8
I Wrote This Song
Monica
00:03:48

Monica Arnold, Lyricist - Monica Arnold, Composer - Carsten Shack, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer - Carsten Shack, Producer - Carsten Shack, Mixing Engineer - Monica, Performer - Kenneth Karlin, Producer - Kenneth Karlin, Composer - Kenneth Karlin, Lyricist - Soulshock & Karlin, Arranger - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Shamora Crawford, Composer - Shamora Crawford, Lyricist - Damon Sharpe, Composer - Damon Sharpe, Lyricist - Bill Malina, Engineer

(P) 2002 BMG Music LLC

9
Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Album Version)
Monica
00:04:09

Monica Arnold, Lyricist - Monica Arnold, Composer - Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - La Shawn Daniels, Composer - La Shawn Daniels, Co-Producer - La Shawn Daniels, Lyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Engineer - Fred Jerkins III, Composer - Fred Jerkins III, Lyricist - Monica, Performer - Dexter Simmons, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2002 BMG Music LLC

10
Go To Bed Mad (featuring Tyrese)
Monica featuring Tyrese
00:04:37

Tommy Niblack, Misc. Prod. - Jim Briggs, 2nd Engineer - Fabian Marasciullo, Engineer - Fabian Marasciullo, Recording Engineer - Michael McCoy, Engineer - Antoine L. Macon, Composer - Antoine L. Macon, Lyricist - RJ, Guitar - Ryan Bowser, Keyboards - Ryan Bowser, Drums - Ryan Bowser, Programmer - Ryan Bowser, Misc. Prod. - Ryan Bowser, Composer - Ryan Bowser, Producer - Ryan Bowser, Lyricist - Andre Deyo, Misc. Prod. - Andre Deyo, Lyricist - Andre Deyo, Composer - Bam, Producer - Bam, Keyboards - Bam, Misc. Prod. - Bam, Drums - Bam, Programmer - Monica featuring Tyrese, Performer - Marc Lee, 2nd Engineer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

11
Hurts the Most
Monica
00:04:44

Bill Malina, Engineer - Shamora Crawford, Composer - Shamora Crawford, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Monica, Performer - Kenneth Karlin, Producer - Peter Biker, Composer - Peter Biker, Producer - Peter Biker, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer - Carsten Shack, Producer - Carsten Shack, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

12
That's My Man
Monica
00:04:32

Monica Arnold, Composer - Monica Arnold, Lyricist - Charles Pettaway, Composer - Charles Pettaway, Guitar - Charles Pettaway, Co-Producer - Charles Pettaway, Lyricist - Arnold Wolfe, Engineer - Phalon Alexander, Composer - Phalon Alexander, Producer - Phalon Alexander, Lyricist - John 'ta Austin, Lyricist - John 'ta Austin, Composer - Monica, Performer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

13
So Gone Remix
Monica featuring Busta Rhymes
00:04:20

Kenneth Cunningham, Composer - Kenneth Cunningham, Lyricist - Kenneth Cunningham, Producer - Walter Booker, Composer - Walter Booker, Lyricist - Monica featuring Busta Rhymes, Performer - Kyle Johnson, Composer - Kyle Johnson, Lyricist - Charles Stepney, Composer - Charles Stepney, Lyricist - Alfonso Cervantes, Composer - Alfonso Cervantes, Lyricist - William Allen, Composer - William Allen, Lyricist - Muhmmad Jones, Composer - Muhmmad Jones, Lyricist - Tweet, Background Vocal - Tweet, Vocal - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Composer - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lyricist - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Producer - Edwin Birdsong, Composer - Edwin Birdsong, Lyricist - Jamahl Rye, Composer - Jamahl Rye, Lyricist - Jamahl Rye, Producer - Trevor Smith, Composer - Trevor Smith, Lyricist - Kamaal Fareed, Composer - Kamaal Fareed, Lyricist - Roy Ayers, Composer - Roy Ayers, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

Album Description

If the gap between Monica's first and second albums wasn't long enough, After the Storm followed nearly five years after its predecessor. That's an extended period of inactivity by anyone's standards, let alone a still-young performer whose first two albums went multi-platinum. Despite that often problematic issue, After the Storm picks up where The Boy Is Mine left off with nary a speed bump. Rather than come across as if there's lost time being made up, the album has all the assuredness and smart developments that should keep Monica's younger longtime followers behind her -- all the while holding the ability to appeal to a wider spectrum of R&B and hip-hop fans. The batch of Missy Elliott-produced songs -- "Get It Off," "So Gone," "Knock Knock" -- provide a bulk of the most exciting material, with just the right amount of swagger added to the singer's more wide-eyed personality of the '90s. Another promising aspect is that Monica did a fair amount of the composing herself; while not every tune is solid, "I Wrote This Song" can go toe to toe with any of the hits she's had written for her. The only significant factor working against her is that snail's-pace release schedule.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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