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Hurricane [Eric Benet]
1. Be Myself Again
2. Pretty Baby
4. Where Does the Love Go
5. My Prayer
6. Man Enough to Cry
7. I Know
9. Last Time, The
10. In the End
11. Making Love
12. Cracks of My Broken Heart
13. I Wanna Be Loved
14. Still With You
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 47970
Eric Benet; Demonte Posey; Walter Afanasieff; Hod David; Humberto Gatica; George Nash, Jr.; Shannon Sanders; Andy Duncan; Dave Foster; Michael Carney; David Foster; Eric Benet; Demonte Posey; Walter Afanasieff; Hod David; Humberto Gatica; George Nash, Jr.; Drew Ramsey; Shannon Sanders; Michael Carney; Andy Duncan
Humberto Gatica; Andy Duncan; Joe Wohlmuth; Pat Woodward; Csaba Petocz; Danny Duncan; John Sneltz; Andrew Wyatt; Emanuel Kiriakou; Neil Devor; Mike O'Connor; B. Steven; Alejandro Rodriguez; Jorge Vivo
Personnel: Eric Bent (vocals, bass voice, percussion); Eric Bent (bass instrument); Dean Parks, Spanky Alford, Andy Duncan, Tim Pierce (guitar); Michael Landau (electric guitar); Lucia Micarelli (violin); Larry Corbett (cello); Norbert Stachel (saxophone); Frank Lacy, Jacques Schwarz-Bart (horns); Shannon Sanders (piano, organ, synthesizer, programming); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, programming); Dave Foster , David Foster (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass instrument); Anthony Johnson , Dan Needham (drums); Juan Patino (percussion); Emanuel Kiriakou, Jochem van der Saag (programming); Hod David (guitar, drums); Jef Lee Johnson, Randall Bowland (guitar); Chris Botti (trumpet); Demont Posey (organ, keyboards); James Poyser (keyboards); Brian Frazier Moore, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Audio Mixers: Hod David; Humberto Gatica; Andy Duncan; Patrick Woodward; Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; F. Reid Shippen; Juan Patino.
Recording information: Bowery Digital; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Chartmaker Studios; Drew's Groove Studios, Nashville, TN; Eastman Scoring Stage, Burbank, CA; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Jade Studios; Jupiter Studios, Franklin, TN; Ocean Way Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Panic Room; Soundstage Studio, Nashville, TN; The Studio; Warner Bros. Sound Stage; Westlake Audio.
Arrangers: Walter Afanasieff; Dave Foster ; Van Dyke Parks; William Ross .
In the six years that passed after the release of 1999's A DAY IN THE LIFE, Eric Benet's very public marriage and painful breakup with Halle Berry ended up overshadowing the Milwaukee native's skills as a talented, soulful singer-songwriter. Not surprisingly, HURRICANE uses Benet's recent turmoil to fuel songs touching on the crooner's dark and troubled times. But rather than go down the more accusatory path of musical retribution (as the late Marvin Gaye did on 1978's HERE MY DEAR), Benet looks inward throughout these 14 cuts.
The tone is immediately set with the stripped-down, gospel-flavored opener "Be Myself Again," with its message of inner renewal, and producer Hod David's acoustic-guitar accompaniment adding a very Bill Withers-esque vibe to the proceedings. From here, Benet seeks redemption (the lush "My Prayer"), reveals his vulnerable side (a serene "Man Enough to Cry"), and yearns for love (slow jam "I Wanna Be Loved"). Most impressive is the ethereal "India," a song for the singer's daughter that tells of her inspiration amid dreamy pedal steel, deftly plucked acoustic guitar, and a muted Chris Botti trumpet solo.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is a very palatable collection of self-penned confessional songs..."
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