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A Change Is Gonna Come [Leela James]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Music
    3. Good Time
    4. Ghetto
    5. Soul Food
    6. Rain
    7. When You Love Somebody
    8. Mistreating Me
    9. Don't Speak
    10. My Joy
    11. It's Alright
    12. Didn't I
    13. Prayer
    14. Change Is Gonna Come, A
    15. Long Time Coming
    16. [Untitled Hidden Track] - (hidden track)
    17. [Untitled Hidden Track] - (hidden track)
    18. [Untitled Hidden Track] - (hidden track)
    19. [Untitled Hidden Track] - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48027

  • Credits
    ProducerKanye West; Wyclef Jean; Raphael Saadiq; James Poyser; Chucky Thompson; Leela James; Jerry Duplessis; Comissioner Gordon; Iz; Aaron Harris; Vikter Duplaix; Bobby Ross Avila; Kanye West; Wyclef Jean; Raphael Saadiq; James Poyser; Chucky Thompson; Mtume; Avila Brothers; Leela James; Jerry Duplessis
    EngineerWalt Bass; Comissioner Gordon; Ian Cross; Jamie Siegel; Brian Dozoretz

    Personnel: Leela James (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Comissioner Gordon.
    Recording information: Bennett Studios, NJ; Platinum Sound Recording Studios, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Malcolm Beckford.
    Arrangers: Leela James; Puff Johnson; Anthony Mills; Renee Neufville; Bobby Ross Avila.
    Within the opening minutes of Leela James's debut, A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, the full-voiced performer name-checks both Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye. Evoking these revered soul artists is quite appropriate, since James deftly incorporates elements of these singers' styles into her own bold, funk-inflected R&B music. (Another soul hero, Sam Cooke, is acknowledged on the title track, a cover of his classic hit.)
    Instead of being carried by samples and slick production, James's 2005 debut is rooted in a full guitar/bass/drums sound that nods to the 1970s, without giving up its more modern edge. In fact, artist-of-the-moment Kanye West handles production duties here, along with Wyclef Jean, Raphael Saadiq, and others, giving James's record the added jolts of energy needed to make it a formidable outing. From the urgent "Music" to the bass-heavy "Rain" and the sultry "Mistreating Me," this is contemporary R&B for people who think they don't like contemporary R&B.

  • Critic Reviews
    Vibe (p.141) - 4 discs out of 5 - "On her stirring debut, James's husky vocals ring out like a thunderous prayer for love finally answered."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] powerful, rich voice wrapped up in husky velvet singing some mightily impressive self-penned songs. Hugeness beckons."
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