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Silk Sonic|An Evening With Silk Sonic

An Evening With Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)

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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars discovered a rapport in 2017 when the former, fresh off the release of Malibu, supported the latter on the 24K Magic tour. Mutual admiration and shared affinity for classic R&B predating their births, such as Motown and Philly soul -- and anything else with churning rhythm guitars, electric sitar, and flashy strings -- grew into Silk Sonic. The project was named by another favorite, funk legend Bootsy Collins, who hosts An Evening with Silk Sonic in expected cordial fashion on a handful of intros and featured appearances. The set would have to be left on repeat for at least six rotations to truly fill an evening -- it's only half an hour in length -- but none of the time is wasted. Paak and Mars might have had Teddy Pendergass' women-only concerts in mind as they made some of the ballads. "Leave the Door Open," an unlikely number one pop hit six months before the LP was released, is the number that best meshes the smooth and tender style of Mars with Paak's nephew-of-Bobby Womack rasp and comparatively Lothario-like (sometimes pushy) demeanor. The funkier slow jam "After Last Night" might invite comparisons to "Dick in a Box" but has a bit of Bootsy-style fantasy sleaze with a lyrical theme similar to "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game." "Put On a Smile" provides more than mere entertainment with one of Mars' finest performances, while "Blast Off" coasts and sways like a 1979 Earth, Wind & Fire derivative. The energy in the uptempo material is all feel-good, too. The strutting "Fly as Me" lets loose a hook that recalls late-'60s/early '70s George Clinton ("[I Wanna] Testify," "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You"). "777," the most arrogant and ballerific cut, is shrewdly followed by the dashing roller disco jam "Skate," a Top 20 hit that preceded the album. The duo's playfulness here verges on hammy at times -- more often than on their solo recordings. The trade-off is that they push each other into new levels of showmanship without pandering to the audience. Besides, there's some genuinely witty stuff here. It's a wonder how Mars was able to keep his face straight while grousing, "Musta spent 35-45 thousand up in Tiffany's/Got her bad-ass kids runnin' round my whole crib like it's Chuck E. Cheese."
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Silk Sonic Intro
00:01:03

Bootsy Collins, Vocals - Bruno Mars, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Michael Feingold, Additional Guitar - Kirk Smothers, Saxophone - Dernst Emile II, Writer - D'Mile, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Background Vocals, Bass - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Marc Franklin, Trumpet - Kameron Whalum, Trombone - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Alex Resoagli, AssistantEngineer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

2
Leave The Door Open
00:04:02

Larry Gold, String Arranger, Strings Conductor - Bruno Mars, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Congas, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Brody Brown, Bass - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Emma Kummrow, Violin - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin - Dernst Emile II, Writer - Jonathan Kim, Viola - D'Mile, Piano - Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, Producer - Glenn Fischbach, Cello - Blake Espy, Violin - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Christopher Brody Brown, Writer - Gared Crawford, Violin - Mike Feingold, Lead Guitar - Alex Resoagli, AssistantEngineer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Natasha Colkett, Violin - Tess Varley, Violin - Yoshihiko Nakano, Viola - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

3
Fly As Me
00:03:39

Bruno Mars, Producer, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Kirk Smothers, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Lannie McMillan, Tenor Saxophone - Dernst Emile II, Writer - D'Mile, Producer, Percussion, Background Vocals, Bass - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Marc Franklin, Trumpet - Kameron Whalum, Trombone - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist - Krystal Miles, Background Vocals

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

4
After Last Night (with Thundercat & Bootsy Collins)
00:04:09

Bootsy Collins, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - Larry Gold, String Arranger, Strings Conductor - Jonathan Yip, Writer - Jeremy Reeves, Writer - Bruno Mars, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Congas, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Ray Romulus, Writer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - The Stereotypes, Producer - Brody Brown, Bass - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Emma Kummrow, Violin - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin - Dernst Emile II, Writer - Jonathan Kim, Viola - Thundercat, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - D'Mile, Piano - Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, Producer - Glenn Fischbach, Cello - Blake Espy, Violin - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Ray Charles McCullough II, Writer - Gared Crawford, Violin - Mike Feingold, Lead Guitar - Alex Resoagli, AssistantEngineer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Natasha Colkett, Violin - Tess Varley, Violin - Yoshihiko Nakano, Viola - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

5
Smokin Out The Window
00:03:17

Bruno Mars, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Dernst Emile II, Writer - D'Mile, Producer - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

6
Put On A Smile
00:04:15

Bootsy Collins, Vocals - Larry Gold, String Arranger, Strings Conductor - Bruno Mars, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Emma Kummrow, Violin - Babyface, Background Vocals - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin - Kirk Smothers, Alto Saxophone - Lannie McMillan, Tenor Saxophone - Dernst Emile II, Writer - Jonathan Kim, Viola - D'Mile, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Bass - Glenn Fischbach, Cello - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger - Blake Espy, Violin - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Marc Franklin, Trumpet - Kameron Whalum, Trombone - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Gared Crawford, Violin - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Natasha Colkett, Violin - Tess Varley, Violin - Silk Sonic, MainArtist - Steve Heitlinger, Viola

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

7
777
00:02:45

Bruno Mars, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Brody Brown, Bass - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Kirk Smothers, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Lannie McMillan, Tenor Saxophone - Dernst Emile II, Writer - D'Mile, Background Vocals - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, MainArtist - Marc Franklin, Trumpet - Kameron Whalum, Trombone - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Anderson Paak, Drums, Vocals - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

8
Skate
00:03:23

James Fauntleroy, Writer - Bruno Mars, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Dernst Emile II, Writer - Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, Producer - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, Vocals, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist - Domitille Degalle, Writer - J.D. Beck, Writer

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

9
Blast Off
00:04:44

Bruno Mars, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Charles Moniz, Engineer - Dernst Emile II, Writer - D'Mile, Producer - Brandon Anderson, Writer - Anderson .Paak, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - Bryce Bordone, AssistantEngineer - Silk Sonic, MainArtist

© 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 2021 Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Recording Corporation

Album Description

Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars discovered a rapport in 2017 when the former, fresh off the release of Malibu, supported the latter on the 24K Magic tour. Mutual admiration and shared affinity for classic R&B predating their births, such as Motown and Philly soul -- and anything else with churning rhythm guitars, electric sitar, and flashy strings -- grew into Silk Sonic. The project was named by another favorite, funk legend Bootsy Collins, who hosts An Evening with Silk Sonic in expected cordial fashion on a handful of intros and featured appearances. The set would have to be left on repeat for at least six rotations to truly fill an evening -- it's only half an hour in length -- but none of the time is wasted. Paak and Mars might have had Teddy Pendergass' women-only concerts in mind as they made some of the ballads. "Leave the Door Open," an unlikely number one pop hit six months before the LP was released, is the number that best meshes the smooth and tender style of Mars with Paak's nephew-of-Bobby Womack rasp and comparatively Lothario-like (sometimes pushy) demeanor. The funkier slow jam "After Last Night" might invite comparisons to "Dick in a Box" but has a bit of Bootsy-style fantasy sleaze with a lyrical theme similar to "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game." "Put On a Smile" provides more than mere entertainment with one of Mars' finest performances, while "Blast Off" coasts and sways like a 1979 Earth, Wind & Fire derivative. The energy in the uptempo material is all feel-good, too. The strutting "Fly as Me" lets loose a hook that recalls late-'60s/early '70s George Clinton ("[I Wanna] Testify," "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You"). "777," the most arrogant and ballerific cut, is shrewdly followed by the dashing roller disco jam "Skate," a Top 20 hit that preceded the album. The duo's playfulness here verges on hammy at times -- more often than on their solo recordings. The trade-off is that they push each other into new levels of showmanship without pandering to the audience. Besides, there's some genuinely witty stuff here. It's a wonder how Mars was able to keep his face straight while grousing, "Musta spent 35-45 thousand up in Tiffany's/Got her bad-ass kids runnin' round my whole crib like it's Chuck E. Cheese."
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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