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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 Elliott, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocal - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Soul Diggaz, Co-Producer

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

2
Get It Off
Monica
00:04:19

Marcella Araica, Assistant Engineer - Craig Brockman, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Standard, Composer, Lyricist - Jermany James, Composer, Lyricist - H. Jordan, Composer, Lyricist - Dirtbag, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Missy Elliott, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Background Vocal - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - Craig X. Brockman, Misc. Prod. - Carlos Bedoya, Recording Engineer - DJ Scratchator, Co-Producer - Monica feat. Dirtbag, AssociatedPerformer

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

3
So Gone
Monica
00:04:02

Kenneth Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist - Jamahl Rye, Composer, Lyricist, Co-Producer - Marcella Araica, Assistant Engineer - Zyah Ahmonuel, Composer, Lyricist - Tweet, Vocal - Missy Elliott, Producer - Javier Valverde, Assistant Engineer - Spike, Co-Producer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - Demacio Castellon, Recording Engineer - Melissa Elliott, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 Sony Music Entertainment

4
U Should've Known Better
Monica
00:04:17

Bryan Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Harold Lilly, Composer, Lyricist - Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Brian Frye, Recording Engineer - JERMAINE DUPRI, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer - John Horesco IV, Assistant Engineer - Tadd Mingo, Assistant Engineer - William Odum, Guitar

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

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

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

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

6
Knock Knock
Monica
00:04:17

Marcella Araica, Assistant Engineer - Kayne West, Composer, Lyricist - Lee Hatim, Composer, Lyricist - Missy Elliott, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Background Vocal - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kanye West, Producer - Scott Kieklak, Mixing Engineer - Carlos Bedoya, Recording Engineer

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

7
Breaks My Heart
Monica
00:04:26

Karlin, Producer - SoulShock, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Kenneth Karlin, Composer, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer, Lyricist - Soulshock & Karlin, Producer - Shamora Crawford, Composer, Lyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Malina, Engineer

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

8
I Wrote This Song
Monica
00:03:48

Karlin, Producer - SoulShock, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Damon Sharpe, Composer, Lyricist - Kenneth Karlin, Composer, Lyricist - Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer, Lyricist - Soulshock & Karlin, Arranger - Shamora Crawford, Composer, Lyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Malina, Engineer

(P) 2002 BMG Music LLC

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

LaShawn Daniels, Composer, Lyricist - Fred Jerkins III, Composer, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist - La Shawn Daniels, Co-Producer - Fabian Marasciullo, Engineer - DEXTER SIMMONS, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Darkchild Jerkins, Producer

(P) 2002 BMG Music LLC

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

Ryan Bowser, Composer, Lyricist - Michael McCoy, Engineer - Antoine Macon, Composer, Lyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Marc Lee, Assistant Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Misc. Prod. - RJ, Guitar - Jim Briggs, Assistant Engineer - Tyrese, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bam, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Misc. Prod. - Andre "mrDEYO" Deyo, Composer, Lyricist, Misc. Prod. - Tommy Niblack, Misc. Prod. - Ryan B., Producer - Monica feat. Tyrese, AssociatedPerformer

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

11
Hurts the Most
Monica
00:04:44

Karlin, Producer, All Instruments, Performance Arranger - SoulShock, Producer, Mixing Engineer, All Instruments, Performance Arranger - Eric Jackson, Guitar - Peter Biker, Composer, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer, Lyricist - Shamora Crawford, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - Bill Malina, Engineer - Biker, Producer, All Instruments, Performance Arranger

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment

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

Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist - Jazze Phá, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Charles Pettaway, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Co-Producer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arnold Wolfe, Engineer - John'ta Austin, Composer, Lyricist

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

13
So Gone Remix
Monica
00:04:20

M. Jones, Composer, Lyricist - M. Elliott, Composer, Lyricist - K. Johnson, Composer, Lyricist - K. Fareed, Composer, Lyricist - R. AYERS, Composer, Lyricist - A. Cervantes, Composer, Lyricist - W. Allen, Composer, Lyricist - E. Birdsong, Composer, Lyricist - Tweet, Background Vocal, Vocal - Missy Elliott, Producer - T. Smith, Composer, Lyricist - Spike, Producer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Busta Rhymes, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - K. Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist - J. Rye, Composer, Lyricist - C. Stepney, Composer, Lyricist - W. Booker, Composer, Lyricist - Jamahl, Producer - Monica feat. Busta Rhymes, AssociatedPerformer

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

DISC 2

1
Too Hood (Radio Edit)
Monica
00:04:03

Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Harold Lilly, Composer, Lyricist - Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Frye, Engineer - JERMAINE DUPRI, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Monica feat. Jermaine Dupri, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2002 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Down 4 Whatever
Monica
00:04:36

Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - La Shawn Daniels, Composer, Lyricist, Misc. Prod. - Fabian Marasciullo, Recording Engineer - DEXTER SIMMONS, Mixing Engineer - Monica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dominique, Keyboards - Rodney Darkchild Jerkins, Producer, AssociatedPerformer

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

3
What Part Of The Game (feat. Mia X)
Monica Arnold
00:03:06

Monica Arnold, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Butler, Composer, Lyricist - Jasper Cameron, Composer, Lyricist - Mia X, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jasper Da Fatso, Producer - Carlton Lynn, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mia Young, Composer, Lyricist - Monica featuring Mia X, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Pool Percy, Composer, 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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