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Born & Raised [Import]

Joy DenalaneAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Change (Album Version)Joy Denalane feat. Lupe Fiasco 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Let Go (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Be Real (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heaven Or Hell (Album Version)Joy Denalane feat. Raekwon 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. One In A Million (Album Version)Joy Denalane 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. For The Love (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 7 Year Itch (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Caught Up (Album Version)Joy Denalane 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stranger In This Land (Album Version)Joy Denalane 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Start Over (Album Version)Joy Denalane 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Born & Raised (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Something Stirrin' Up (Album Version)Joy Denalane feat. Governor 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Despite It All (Album Version)Joy Denalane 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Soweto '76 - '06 (Album Version)Joy Denalane 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sometimes Love (Album Version)Joy Denalane 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Four Music
  • ASIN: B000LP5FBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2006 issued critcally acclaimed second full length studio album from the German singer who has worked with Tiefschwarz, Youssou N'Dour and Common. This is her first all-English album that was recorded in Philadelphia. Naturally, there are plenty of Americans present "in the grooves" like Lupe Fiasco, Raekwon and Governor. The first single, "Let's Go", peaked on the German charts at No. 40 while the album debuted at No.2, held back from the summit only by Christina Aguilera's "Back To Basics"). The second single "Heaven or Hell" is a collaboration with Raekown it's follow-up was "Sometimes Love".

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful album from German songstress December 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am a fan of Joy Denalane's from the Global Soul collection by Putumayo and her first album "Mamani" (which I highly recommend). While the first album combined (neo)soul with some South African rhythms in a multilingual cocktail of her father's South African tongue, German (it never sounded so soulful) and English, this album is entirely in English. While Ms. Denalane could have taken the easy route to try and insert herself in an already saturated R&B/hip hop market to be the next Beyonce, Ciara, Rhianna (the list is endless), she decided to take a step back-and forward-mixing '70's soul with some really nice collaborations. And the album is a great departure from some of the more mainstream themes : it's not just advice for the ladies or romantic interludes, but also a continuation of social themes dear to her: striving to achieve (Born &Raised), black pride and survival (Stranger in this Land), the most pressing issues in South Africa (Soweto 70-06: the original in German is on the first album ) and a critique of the music industry (For the Love). All in all I highly recommend it (especially if you like Les Nubians for example and later Zap Mama) and hope it will get the airplay and recognition it deserves. This album (like the first) goes a long way to debunking the still held belief that good soul is a U.S. commodity (open your eyes: our brothers and sisters overseas are making some good soulmusic too).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Siren! August 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Joy Denalane is a siren! Her voice can soothe, enrage, move, and engage. However, a good intro to Joy's music is her debut album, "Mamani," which is almost entirely in German, save for a nice cover of "I Cover the Waterfront." On "Mamani" you'll gauge the depth of her soul and really FEEL her as she sings, even if you don't understand a lick of German! (She was "born and raised" in Berlin, Germany; her father is a black South African; and her late mother was a white German.)

That's not to say that "Born & Raised" isn't also very soulful, but that as an African American-targeted all-English album, she has risked sameness by diving into a vast ocean of other highly talented American soul-singers. In her quest to appeal to an American market, she has managed to somewhat extinguish what truly distinguishes her.

But her saving grace is the fact that SHE CAN SING, and beautifully! Joy has most certainly done her soul music homework, so one needn't doubt her ability to aptly express the emotionality, and mixture of pain and "joy" that define the genre. Her lyrics are always intelligent, empowering and poetic.

So, "B&R" is a great album, but not as inspired as "Mamani," which I encourage those who haven't yet to check out first, or at least buy it along with "B&R."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Slaps! February 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
You've probably never heard of it, but Joy Denalane's, Born & Raised, is one of the best neo/retro soul records that I've heard in the past few years. In the most commercialized, over-saturated, and formulaic genre of music, where the trend of the month can define the sound/image of an entire year, Born & Raised is a refreshing departure from this tired (and clearly disastrous) glam-girl movement. So how was Joy Denalane able to avoid falling into this bottomless pit, while so many other great singers tumbled in headfirst? Well, for one, she is from Germany (she was born there, raised there, and from what I can find, lives there) which puts her in a different sort of musical circle, arguably outside of and away from popular American trends. Instead of some ol' young Beyonce vocals, electronic Neptunes-like production, and pathetic teenage content, what we get is an incredibly mature record: soulful Patti Labelle vocals, raw Curtis Mayfield-like production, and more meaningful content. How could a German woman have made this record? Are there Baptist churches in Kreuzberg? A great soul album nevertheless ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha Franklin soul with a twist February 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I felt that this CD takes you back to a time when music was pure and people where singers, musicans, and producers for the love of it and not for the cash and flash. To me the album was a refreshing break from the factory made music of the radio waves. With her meaningful lyrics, and soulful melodies laid over instrumentals with that old school feel with a new school European flavor was delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to German Soul April 10, 2007
By Tacha
Format:Audio CD
This album is gorgeous! Not only does it discuss 'conscious' elements (For the Love, Stranger in this Land and Soweto '76-'06), but it also elegantly narrates grown-up love and relationships. Honestly, if I didn't know her background I would have assumed that she was an American because she has so much soul--not neo-soul--but, that ol' skool thang that makes you want say, "Sang it, girl!" My only complaint is probably the placement of the songs on the cd. Some of the down-tempo ballads are followed by songs with an uptempo R&B or hip hop feel. You kinda have to abruptly switch emotional or mental gears. Overall, this is a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Erykah August 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This 2006 album is the perfect blend of old-school R&B and hip hop.

Joy Denalane is a star in Germany, but you wouldn't know it with the way her American-style vocal cuts through the album's hip hop-based beats (produced by No I.D. and Jake One) and Stax-influenced tracks. Vocally, she's on the light-side of Mary J Blige (whom she even dedicates the song "7-year itch" to), with the maturity of Adrianna Evans. But the sound she conveys is totally hers - she's alternative but still very accessible, which makes her lack of success in the US (outside a spotlight on Okayplayer) puzzling. Sometimes personal (like on the autobiographical title track), sometimes catering to radio ("Let Go") and sometimes catering to hip hop/R&B dieharders ("One in a Million" and "For the Love"), Denalane's "Born and Raised" is the type of music Erykah Badu would be making if she weren't taking herself so damn serious, or music that Amy Winehouse could potentially make if she wasn't so messed up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!
Very fond of new and unsung artists. Joy's voice is strong and full of soul. A good "listening" cd for any kind of mood!
Published 14 months ago by N. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and spirited
A rare find with a great voice, good melodies, dynamic range and in a mix of German and English lyrics.
Published 19 months ago by Thomas Fenrich
4.0 out of 5 stars "BORN & RAISED" and totally cultivated.
While this disc didn't totally bowl me over in the way that I had hoped, she offers enough for you to enjoy and relax to. Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by D. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass up this Soul Sistah - just becuz it says IMPORT!!!
This woman is incredible; such soul, such a crystal clear, strong and emotional voice...can not think of anyone in America to compare her too really but she is
really amazing! Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by michla
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!
Published on September 10, 2009 by Antoine Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars STRONG
Published on December 19, 2008 by customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did it take me 2 years to hear about her?
This album is phenomenal. Really. Lyrcis and vocals are outstanding, excellent features, and the production is on point. Read more
Published on August 10, 2008 by Alaisia
5.0 out of 5 stars MARY-go- ROUND
Joy Denalane is in class of her own, she has a Mary J. Blige feel to her but yet she manages to stand-out in a class by herself. Read more
Published on June 17, 2008 by Ishmael Abdulrahman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful......
Just want to add my 2 cents this cd is a stunning and soulful adventure. Joy Denalane Born & Raised....Love the shout-out to Mary J Blige in 7 year itch.
Published on September 6, 2007 by M. Lymore
5.0 out of 5 stars Siren!
Joy Denalane is a siren! Her voice can soothe, enrage, move, and engage. However, a good intro to Joy's music is her debut album, "Mamani," which is almost entirely in German, save... Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Amazon Customer
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C. Steadman I have to agree with you 100% Joy Denalane's Born & Raised is excellent...Come on America what are you waiting for? Release Born & Raised so more people can enjoy the cd.
Aug 23, 2007 by M. Lymore |  See all 2 posts
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