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1. Just Make Me the One
3. It Doesn't Matter
4. Good Things Take Time
6. I Can't Stand the Pain
8. I Can Take You Higher
9. Yesterday's Song
10. Sound of Thunder, The
11. I've Never Really Known Love
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61080-2
Personnel: Tyler Collins (vocals), Michael Landau, Dean Pleasant, Josh Sklair, David W. Black, James Wirrick, Paul Pesco (guitars), Dave Koz (alto saxophone), Donny McCaslin, Stan Harrison (tenor saxophone), Mark Pender, Chuck Findley (trumpets), Glenn Franke (trombone), Herman Jackson (piano), Tuhin Roy, Jake Smith (keyboards, drum programming), Keith Andes, Andy Hess (bass), Lyndon Achee (drums), Guy Roche, Brian Transeau (programming, synthesizers), Patrik McMillan, Trey Lorenz, Jean McClain, Portia Griffin, Grace Anderson, Sharon Musair, Ricky Jones, Mass Appeal Choir, Niki Harris, Craig Derry, Karen Anderson (background vocals).
Producers: Tom Keane, Andres Levin, Camus Celli, Daddy O, Phillip Gordy, Darric Graham, Guy Roche, Jake Smith, Tuhin Roy.
Engineers: John Goldberger, Richard Herrera, Guy Roche, Mario Luccy, Mark Hagen, Jay Lean, Ray Pyle, John Van Nest, Eric Scheda.
Composer: Daddy O.
Personnel: Tyler Collins (background vocals); Paul Pesco (guitar, acoustic guitar); Josh Sklair (guitar, synthesizer, programming); James Wirrick, David W. Black, Dean Pleasant, Michael Landau (guitar); Dave Koz (saxophone, alto saxophone); Stan Harrison, Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone); Chuck Findley, Mark Pender (trumpet); Glenn Franke (trombone); Herman Jackson (piano); Jake Smith (keyboards, programming, drum programming, turntables); Tuhin Roy (keyboards, programming, drum programming); Guy Roche, Brian Transeau (synthesizer, programming); Lyndon Achee (steel drum); Craig Derry, Mario Lucy, Grace Anderson, Nikki Harris, Patrik McMilan, Sharon Musalr, Karen Anderson, Mark Hagen, Portia Griffin, Ricky Jones, Trey Lorenz, Jean McClain (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dr. Shane Faber; Keith "KC" Cohen; Jason Cosaro; Jake Smith; Tuhin Roy; John VanNest; Keith Cohen; Ray Pyle; Steve Peck.
Audio Remixers: Epic; Wolf.
Recording information: Criterion Music & Sunset Sound; East Hill Studios, NY; Electric Lady Studios, NY; Ground Control Studios, Venice, Italy; Image Recording, Westlake Audio, The Rythm Hut, Los Ang; Pacifique Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Studio Dad Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Summa Recor; Summa Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sunset sound.
Photographers: Louise O'Brien; Daniel Schridde; Glen E. Friedman; Mark Thompson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jake Smith; Sharon Musalr.
Arrangers: Daddy O; Guy Roche; Tom Keane.
What distinguishes Tyler Collins' sophomore effort from Girls Nite Out is the more organic approach taken to the songs. Ahead of the neo-soul bandwagon that began traveling in the mid-'90s, Collins' producers infuse prominent guitars and more surprising elements like the steel drum on numbers such as "Freedom" and "Just Make Me the One." The process isn't totally authentic -- there's still ample programming in most of the songs. But the presence of real piano and funky guitars played with true style in "Slide," for instance, is refreshing against the more sugarcoated strains of tracks by Collins' new jack contemporaries. Vocally, Collins isn't any powerhouse, but she sings more convincingly than on her first set, and not as thinly. Her best moments are on the emotive ballad "I Can't Stand the Pain" and the moody, midtempo track "The Sound of Thunder." "Good Things Take Time," a funky and stylistic departure for songwriter Diane Warren that went completely unnoticed, features another notable melody and arrangement. While Collins' limitations show on a few of the more sophisticated numbers, this set generally dispels notions of her as a fly-by-night dance-pop starlet. ~ Justin M. Kantor
Vibe (Fall/92, p.36) - "..Collins proves herself strong enough to stake out her own spot on the dance floor...her sound is far from predictable, yet at the same time wonderfully comfortable, neatly throwing together R&B traditions, sophisticated stylings, hip-hop sass, and girl-group yearning.."
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