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1. Didn't Ya
2. Three Way
4. Song for You
5. 15 Will Get You 20
6. Cat and Dogs
8. Best Friends
10. What Would You Do
11. So Many Things
12. Only One I Trust, The
13. City High Anthem
14. You Don't Know Me
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 490890
City High: Robby Pardlo, Claudette Ortiz, Ryan Toby.
Producers include: Salaam Remi, Wyclef Jean, Vidal Davis, Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis, Andre Harris.
Engineers include: Serge "Sergical" Tsai, Robby Pardlo, Vidal Davis.
"What Would You Do" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Audio Mixers: Clark Kent; Alex Ndione; Jason Dyer; Robby Pardlo; Jerry Duplessis; Andy Grassi; Ron Banks ; Ryan Toby; Salaam Remi; Serban Ghenea; Wyclef Jean.
Recording information: A Touch Of Jazz Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Booga Basement STudio, NJ; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Playpen Recording Studio, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Studios; Sound On Sound Studios, NY; Sound On Sound, NY; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; Touch Of Jazz Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Trackhouse Recording Studio Willingboro, NJ; Trackhouse Recording Studio, Willingboro, NJ.
Photographer: Kwaku Alston.
Unknown Contributor Role: Claudette Ortiz.
With Wyclef Jean as one the executive producers, sonic resonance and resourcefulness is a given on CITY HIGH. What this two-guys-and-a-girl trio brings to the table as an essential asset is a vocal blend that capably mixes hip-hop and R&B while maintaining a soulfulness that's both commercially accessible and aesthetically substantive. While the mellow vibe and subtle groove that's the major undercurrent of most of these songs goes down easily, CITY HIGH isn't just smooth-sounding fluff. Lyrically speaking, there's something happening as well. A good example is "Why," where the protagonist has the presence of mind to ask his partner the trenchant question "If we can't get along, what's the point in getting it on?" And any group that dedicates a tune ("Song For You") to late R&B great Donny Hathaway has got to have its head in the right place.
Rolling Stone (8/16/01, p.108) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Hinges on thick, stomp-worthy funk, luxurious soul grooves and plaintive harmonies about modern love..."
Q (3/02, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Few have managed to capture the original Fugee spirit like City High..."
CMJ (7/23/01, p.21) - "...A definite attempt to catch some R&B charting by adding shades of hip-hop to the mix..."
Vibe (6/01, p.131) - 3 discs out of 5 - "...A mixed-gender trio of singers and rappers, suggesting a 2001 incarnation of [The Fugees]..."
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