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Who I Am

Beverley Knight

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British soul woman Beverley Knight has yet to be fully embraced by the record-buying public despite possessing perhaps one of the most phenomenal voices around. The disappointing chart performances of her first two albums, The B-Funk and Prodigal Sista, cemented the belief that while her talent is unquestionable, her material just isn't strong enough to propel her into the mainstream. This, however, should all change with Who I Am, a well-produced collection of contemporary R&B songs that is just as confident and self-assured as her more celebrated U.S. contemporaries. The feisty first single, "Get Up," sets the tone immediately, allowing Knight to show off her astonishing vocals amidst some slinky dancehall rhythms. Elsewhere, the funky "Same" channels '80s Prince just as convincing as OutKast, while "Whatever's Clever" is the kind of powerhouse R&B that En Vogue innovated in the early '90s. The ballads are just as strong. "Fallen Soldier," a tribute to murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, is a stripped-down acoustic number filled with raw emotion; "Bestseller Mystery," with its slide guitar, sounds like a lost blues classic; and "Beautiful Contradiction" is a soothing soulful duet with Stevie Wonder sound-alike Musiq (Soulchild). Occasionally, the album veers into the kind of bland MOR territory that has often blighted Britain's more recent soul singers (Mica Paris, Shara Nelson). "Hurricane Jane" is rather monotonous, tune-free neo-soul, and "Gold"'s dated-sounding production positions Knight as more of a lounge singer than an accomplished R&B talent. But overall, Who I Am is still a colossal leap. After seven years of being an also-ran, Knight now has the material to back up her world-class vocals. The big time surely awaits. ~ Jon O'Brien

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1
Get Up!
00:03:48

BJ, Producer - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Initial Pre-Production & Programming, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Mixer - Mike Soul, Producer - Derrick Joshua, Composer, Producer, Initial Pre-Production & Programming - Derrick Martin , Composer, Producer, Initial Pre-Production & Programming

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Shoulda Woulda Coulda
00:03:32

Craig Wiseman, Composer - Rob Harris, Guitar - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer, Production - Mike Spencer, Producer, Programmer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jack Clark, Mixer - Yoyo, Programmer - Tony Briscoe, Producer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Shape of You
00:04:25

Craig Wiseman, Composer - Kwame Kwaten, Keyboards - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Colin Emmanuel, Producer, Arranger - D'Influence, Producer - Ed Baden Powell, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Strings, Bass - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Ed Baden-Powell, Arranger, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Strings, Bass

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Fallen Soldier
00:03:22

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jack Clark, Mixer - Al Vosper, Guitar - Brad Bishop, Composer - Thomas Byani, Percussion

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Beautiful Contradiction (with Musiq Soulchild)
00:04:46

James Poyser, Producer, Keyboards - Beverley Knight, Composer, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Mixer - Musiq Soulchild, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Steve Francis, Composer - Che Pope, Producer, Programmer - Mike Drake, Mixer - Storm Martinez, Recorder

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Hurricane Jane
00:04:08

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - James Poyser, Composer, Producer, Keyboards - Beverley Knight, Composer, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Dominic Morley, Mixer - Anthony Bell, Engineer, Recorder - Jef Lee Johnson, Guitar - Che Pope, Composer, Producer, Programmer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Same (As I Ever Was)
00:03:37

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Colin Emmanuel, Composer, Producer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Dominic Morley, Mixer - Daniel de Bourg, Vocals - Eric Appaocway, Composer, Guitar, Bass - Lucy Jules, Vocals

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Whatever's Clever
00:03:57

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Mixer - Tony Briscoe, Producer - Steve Francis, Composer - Lucky Mupawaenda, Guitar

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Ambition (It All Comes 2 U)
00:03:21

Martin Brammer, Composer - John Thompson, Bass - James McMillan, Composer - Pascal Danae, Guitar, Musicians - Matt Lawrence, Mixer, Engineer - Andrew Smith, Guitar - Michael Smith, Saxophone - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Dominic Morley, Engineer - Dodge, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Pro-Tools Editor, Engineer, Guitar, Recorder, Pro Tools - Ivan Myers, Engineer - Luke 'The Duke' Smith, Hammond Organ, Piano - D G Rollins, Trombone

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Bestseller Mystery
00:05:15

Rob Harris, Guitar - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer, Engineer, Recording - JAMES BROWN, Mixer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jay Reynolds, Pro Tools, Protools - Derrick Joshua, Composer, Producer - Derrick Martin , Composer, Producer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Gold
00:04:50

Rob Harris, Guitar - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Oliver Kraus, Cello - Mike Spencer, Producer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Antonia Fuchs, Violin - Jack Clark, Mixer - Katherine Shave, Viola - Shane Meehan, Drums - Martin Lister, Keyboards, Piano - Joanna Watts, Violin

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Who I Am
00:01:46

Thom Schuyler, Composer - Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Jeff Knowler, Mixer - Tony Briscoe, Producer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Shoulda Woulda Coulda (Philly Version)
00:04:54

Craig Wiseman, Composer - Larry Gold, Conductor, Arranger, Cello, Strings - Olga Konopelsky, Violin - Emma Kummrow, Violin - Gregory Teperman, Violin - James Poyser, Producer, Keyboards - Davis Barnett, Viola - Beverley Knight, Composer, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Anthony Bell, Engineer, Recorder - Igor Szwec, Violin - John Smeltz, Engineer - Jef Lee Johnson, Guitar, Bass - Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, Mixer - Ahmir Thompson, Drums - Steve Mandel, Mixer - Che Pope, Producer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Gold (Single Mix)
00:03:52

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Dominic Morley, Mixer - Yoyo, Programmer - Dean Barratt, Engineer - Ferdinand Musil, Engineer - Al Vosper, Guitar - Donal Hodgson, Pro Tools, Protools - DJ Pogo, Musicians, Miscellaneous

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Shape of You (Reshaped) [feat. Hollywood]
00:03:45

Jerry Duplessis, Composer - Wyclef, Producer - WYCLEF JEAN, Composer, Producer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - JERRY "WONDER" DUPLESSIS, Producer - ANDY GRASSI, Mixer - Hollywood, FeaturedArtist - Kevin Myers, Mixer - Evan Rossitier, Engineer, Recorder - J Jean, Composer

2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

British soul woman Beverley Knight has yet to be fully embraced by the record-buying public despite possessing perhaps one of the most phenomenal voices around. The disappointing chart performances of her first two albums, The B-Funk and Prodigal Sista, cemented the belief that while her talent is unquestionable, her material just isn't strong enough to propel her into the mainstream. This, however, should all change with Who I Am, a well-produced collection of contemporary R&B songs that is just as confident and self-assured as her more celebrated U.S. contemporaries. The feisty first single, "Get Up," sets the tone immediately, allowing Knight to show off her astonishing vocals amidst some slinky dancehall rhythms. Elsewhere, the funky "Same" channels '80s Prince just as convincing as OutKast, while "Whatever's Clever" is the kind of powerhouse R&B that En Vogue innovated in the early '90s. The ballads are just as strong. "Fallen Soldier," a tribute to murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, is a stripped-down acoustic number filled with raw emotion; "Bestseller Mystery," with its slide guitar, sounds like a lost blues classic; and "Beautiful Contradiction" is a soothing soulful duet with Stevie Wonder sound-alike Musiq (Soulchild). Occasionally, the album veers into the kind of bland MOR territory that has often blighted Britain's more recent soul singers (Mica Paris, Shara Nelson). "Hurricane Jane" is rather monotonous, tune-free neo-soul, and "Gold"'s dated-sounding production positions Knight as more of a lounge singer than an accomplished R&B talent. But overall, Who I Am is still a colossal leap. After seven years of being an also-ran, Knight now has the material to back up her world-class vocals. The big time surely awaits. ~ Jon O'Brien

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