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October 12, 2010

Song Title
The Last Fall
Eyes To The Sky
All Roads
Fight For Love
Maybe She'll Dream Of Me
Don't Wait
Make Me A Fool
Everything Must Go
Laughing At Your Plans
This City Ain't The Same Without You

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Label: The Foreign Exchange Music
  • Copyright: 2010 The Foreign Exchange Music
  • Total Length: 38:41
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  • ASIN: B0043XSZR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,107 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it but I hate it October 16, 2010
By Sinamen
Format:Audio CD
The album is good, it has great beats and melodies. However, the only thing that is driving me crazy is the loss of the strong hip-hop element they had with Connected, even in Leave it All Behind. This reads as an R&B album to me. I like it but as im listening I just want Phonte to spit a verse, or give me spoken lyrics. I fell in love with them because they werent just rap and not just r&b, they had the perfect combination over some really great beats.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreign Exchange October 13, 2010
By Helen
Format:MP3 Music
I saw Foreign Exchange in concert in Houston, Tx. They were great!!!!! Easy listening music, great beats, great vocal. I listen to sample of their new album (Authenticity) and I love every song. This is more than just music it's life.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music October 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent Album. Been following them since Connected, and they've shown tremendous growth. Keep making good music!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same candy, just different flavors... April 28, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The album has been out for while now and has sure enough gathered review of its own for a number of will represented sources and fans. Fans of FE will agree that the first album "Connected" was a hit of colorful and created rap that we wish the entire hip-hop community was. Their second album, "Leave It All Behind" however turned out different anday have upset some people. If you were familiar with the group Little Brother and Nicolay you were at the very least expecting a Connected part 2. That's not to say LIAB was bad. On fact it was in my opinion, once you get over the initial disappointment of it not being Connected, you find it to be a very good Neo-Soul album of classics songs like Daykeeper, Valediction, Take of the Blues, and Something to Behold. Once agin we have come Authenticity and have once again found a totally different album.

This R&B album may deflect many who come to listen. But to those with an open mind or even a willingness to listen will find that it is a FE album that proves they don't just make rap songs but music. Like some review have mentioned this is an album that goes throughout the progression of life and love. It is for adults, or at the very least MATURE older teens and young adult who are in, was, or going to be in relationships. I admit it took a few listens for me to really come to love this album but so has Connected and LIAB. There are instant songs you will lI've like "Maybe She'll Dream of Me" and "Don't Wait". Those songs tend to grab people's attention and reminds me of popular club joints. But the real wonders come from tracks like "Fight For Love" and "Everything Must Go". After a listen or two you really get the hint that Phonte really knows how pain and love feels.

Then there are the songs that grow on you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth March 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album to lay back and chill to. Phonte is not the worlds greatest singer but it works for FE. Wonderful album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem, Indeed! February 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Amazing! Refreshing, pure neo-soul...not that it has to be categorized to be enjoyed by any and every listener. This album transcends genres. It remains on heavy rotation in my house and car. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's been a strange two years for Nicolay Rook and Phonte Coleman- collectively known as The Foreign Exchange. First, their sophomore album "Leave It All Behind" was a late bloomer- released in 2008, but the success came in 2009. In 2010, they were nominated for a Grammy for the single "Daykeeper". Then, Phonte's other group Little Brother returned with what came to be their final album, "Leftback". Their breakup wasn't nearly as shocking as the reason behind it. On the song "Tigallo For Dolo" Phonte basically aired out his love/hate relationship with hip hop. In the song, he clearly stated that he would rather be singing, being that he lost interest due to the corporate politics that he faced as a rapper. All of a sudden, the side project now became the primary focus of Phonte and Nicolay. So, they soldiered on with their third album "Authenticity".

Whereas the first album "Connected" was mellow hip hop and the sophomore "Leave It All Behind" was an unapologetic R&B album, "Authenticity" takes its cues from other genres- namely early 80's synth-pop and soft rock. They even make a foray into country music on the ballad "Laughing At Your Plans". Yahzarah, The Foreign Exchange's longtime collaborator, takes lead vocal duties for the song "The City Ain't The Same Without You". They reunite with Darien Brockington on the uptempo "Don't Wait", while the long absent Median appears on "Make Me A Fool". "Eyes To The Sky", like "Valediction" on the previous album, is a too brief interlude that could have benefitted from a being a full song. The track "Fight For Love" bears both a rhythm and melody arrangement that is noticeably similar to Coldplay's hit single "Clocks". Once again, Nicolay and Phonte have crafted a fantastic album and hopefully, they will win a Grammy this time around.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it good..... September 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you know anything about The Foreign Exchange, you know not to expect the same album twice. +FE is all about experimentation and true artistic freedom, and Nicolay and Phonte refuse to be held hostage by your expectations of what an +FE album should sound like. When 2008's Leave It All Behind dropped, there were some fans of the group from 2004's Connected who were upset that Phonte, arguably one of the top 5 MCs alive, only dropped about 32 bars on the whole album, which is best described as a soul album. Likewise, Authenticity may alienate some fans of the first two albums..but flow and grow with +FE and you won't be disappointed.

Authenticity is closer in tone to Leave It All Behind than Connected is to either of them. For instance, if you're hoping for a return of Phonte as an MC, you'll be disappointed; the only verse he drops is on the lead single "Maybe She'll Dream of Me." But subtle differences prevail. Whether it's Phonte's growing confidence as a singer or just staying with the album's theme, there aren't nearly as many guest appearances on this album as on previous efforts. Authenticity is an intensely personal album, one which could easily worked as a soundtrack for (500) Days of Summer. It is truly an album rather than a collection of songs, with both sonic cohesion and thematic cohesion. A term frequently used to describe LIAB was "lush tapestries." While I couldn't define that for you, when you listened to it, it seemed apt. The tapestries in Authenticity aren't quite as lush, but that's not a bad thing, just different. Nicolay continues to grow musically, channeling Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend" on the title track. Phonte's songwriting gets better and better...he has an it factor that manifests in being able to say exactly what you may be feeling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars i just....i just
Wish little brother never broke up but I guess anyways I love this album it Is put away now but I would still listen to it these days it's relaxing and nicolay is great as always
Published 8 months ago by Eazy Living
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite group
i like everything they put out and this CD is no exception. i just wish more people were hip to this phenomenal group of musicians.
Published 12 months ago by Lisa Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Late to the fan club
I love this album. I came to be a Phonte fan by way of Little Brother. Then I learned about The Foreign Exchange. The range of this guy's talent is insane. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neric
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic
Uhhhhh.... what could I say about this album? All the Foreign Exchange goodness that one could possibly dream of. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Irina K
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipping
This album is the first Foreign Exchange cd I have bought. I love the album. If you enjoy newo soul and have an open mind, the definitely give this album a shot.
Published 23 months ago by KIMMY J
1.0 out of 5 stars Wack ass CD
Just say no and don't buy this garbage. I love Phonte and Nicolay but this is to similar to that auto- tuned/talk box nonsense that is on the radio and Phonte';s singing really... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mr. Hip Hop
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened
I gave this CD 2 stars because there was maybe only 2 songs I liked and that is pushing it. I am a fan of the first 2 cd's and just assumed the 3rd would be just as great... Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars AUTHENTIC!!!
The Foreign Exchange: Wow what can I say, well as i stated to my sister M. Cole i havent wrote my review of Foreign Exchange yet but here it is. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by G. Muhammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've loved Foreign Exchange since their 1st CD 'Connected' and have to say they have remained true to themselves. This CD can be listened straight through. Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by A. Cook
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