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Where It All Begins

Lalah HathawayAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B0053ERWGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2011 release, the sixth album from one of contemporary R&B's most prized artists and in-demand vocalists. The versatile, critically acclaimed musician, songwriter, vocalist and producer found creative regeneration and newfound energy making this record, an artistic re-birth she's eager to share with anyone willing to listen. Hathaway recruited other esteemed kindred spirits to either co-write or contribute tailor-made tunes. The list includes Ernest Green, Lewis Williams, Errol Cooney, James Day, James Fauntleroy, Mike City, Dave Young, Bryan Sledge, Eddie Serrano, Rich King, Andre Harris and Vidal Davis.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalah's Sultry Vocals on 'Where It All Begins' October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Lalah Hathaway is one of the few artists whose music I can confidently buy without having heard a single song and know that I'll be pleased. `Where It All Begins' is no exception. She returns with those sultry vocals over a nice mix of soulful tunes. (Good Lord, I love this woman!)

"Lie to Me" (my favorite) is a beautiful heartbreaker urging the bittersweet delay of the inevitable separation, much in the same vein of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Karyn White's "Tell Me Tomorrow". Lalah's delivery is both seductive and sorrowful.

"Where It All Begins" is funky melodious call for self-examination for those still looking to come into their own. She asks, "Do you know who you are?" Can't help but sway to this one.

"Small of My Back" is a honey-dipped exercise in disco era nostalgia. This was one of the first songs she performed from this CD during her recent tour.

"Strong Woman" is a nice cautionary tale to the fellow on the verge of losing a lovely gift that he's taking granted. This is the most contemporary song on the CD that I could hear a number of other artists singing such as Mary J Blige, Brandy, or Beyonce.

"You Were Meant For Me" pays homage to her father Donny Hathaway, my favorite singer of all time. The resemblance between her and her father's tone quality is striking and haunting.

"If You Want To" - Let the weekend begin! The rhythm on this one will get me to my destination quickly in the car (along with a few speeding tickets).

The CD ends nicely with the sweet lullaby "Dreamland" that is combined with a reprise of "This Could Be Love". If you're reading this review, you are undoubtedly a Lalah Hathaway sophisticate who won't be disappointed with `Where It All Begins'. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Laylah thank you so much for the new album I bought the cd today and sat in my car and listen and all I can say is WOW! I love the cd from start to finish but
" Lie to me" is by far my favorite cut, I mean your voice commands my attention on this one. Please release this song as a single! This song will be number #1 on the R&B and pop charts... a sure winner! I have a feeling a new audience will finally take notice of the great voice of Laylah Hathaway. I see your vision on this album, and I feel your growth... You made some bold decisions, and I'm glad you did. You just didn't stay doing the same old things that you done in the past you shown growth and did somethings new.... and it's awesome... but I remember your work you did with Chucki Booker back in the day and Angela Winbush you were hurting them way back then they were not ready for you, you were ahead of your time... But us Laylah Hollics understood and we still play those albums to this day, I know I still do. A few cuts on the new album reminds me of some of the work you use to do with Chucki Booker, I still play self portrait but this new album is PURE FIRE! I love your phrasing, and the way you tell a story... Wow, I can go on and on, thank you for blessing us and taking your time to give us quality Music. The Confidence you display in your music is so sexy.... Now that's a sign of a "Strong Woman"

A great cd, a must buy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is....WOW! October 18, 2011
By Ahsiya
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For some, this will be their first exposure to Lalah Hathaway. I have been a fan since her first album "Lalah Hathaway" and was delighted to hear a remake of "I'm Coming Back". I was equally delighted to hear the remake of her father's song, "You Were Meant For Me". My first exposure to Lalah was her debut album, which I purchased on cassette tape. I still have that cassette and have followed all aspects of her career. I am ecstatic to see her career become more main stream, with live performances on several award and tribute shows. I was eagerly anticipating the release of this album. I was not disappointed, delighted in fact! It is rare to find an album that you can put on repeat and listen to over and over again. Each time you hear it, you will find something new that you love about each song. I have yet to hear Lalah perform live, but I will soon at her Atlanta show. This CD is a must have for any fan of real music that is tired of hearing songs about baby daddies and relationship drama. This album is about love and if you have ever been there, it expresses it beautifully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson Learned Can Be A Triumph Earned October 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
A thoroughly wonderful album. And the best music I've honestly ever heard from Lalah Hathaway. On her previous album and Stax debut set Self Portrait she presented herself as someone caught between being her writing and the instrumentation. Perhaps it was a type of musical midlife crisis at that time. And than again,one might expect a lot from some equally as talented,intelligent and benevolent as her father had been. Now it's four years later and the R&B world is beginning to show signs of undergoing some changes. Something that hasn't been true of the music for a long time. It's begun to re-embrace the idea of intelligently written uptempo numbers that are more rhythmic than beat oriented and deliver on full on album concepts as opposed to the "singles n' filler" format so often used to sell records in different decades. This is someone with an extremely strong musical self conceptualization. And this album uses every side of that to the ultimate effect.

One of the key things that make this album different than the last is the energy level. On the emotional front it's equal in terms of passion but her method of expressing it is a lot different. "Strong Woman" and "Lie To Me" are perfect examples of modern uptempo R&B/funk with enough touches of contemporary production flavors to function for modern audiences. "My Everything" and in particular the sensual "Small Of My Back",which is my favorite tune on the album come fully to terms of urban "nu groove" style sophistifunk . There are actually a good number of slower songs too including her studio remake of her father's "You Were Meant For Me" and "Wrong Way" have this thick rhythmic backdrop which adds further power to their passionate,reflective lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an awesome cd. Just like her dad, Lalah had a beautiful voice. I am so happy she has blessed us with her voice.
Published 2 months ago by ambYtious
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice cd love it
Published 3 months ago by bunnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalah has a beautiful voice!
You won't regret making this purchase. I love her voice, her energy and it is an added bonus that she is the daughter of Donny Hathaway whom I adored. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michelle from Norfolk, VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalah
If you consider yourself a music lover and may not own any of Lalah's CD's. then you owe it to yourself to purchase one.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Recording
Lalah Hathaway is an exceptional singer, often underrated cause her music is not mainstream, but truly from the heart. Had to have this to add to my collection.
Published 6 months ago by Calvin Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy!! This woman can sing!!! Listen to Dreamland! I love it!!
What can I say. Lalah is an amazing voice! She just won a Grammy for her performance with Snarky Puppy and it was deserved. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Blaquesoul
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Classic! She's a true crooner who knows how to soothe your soul! It's a must buy believe me you won't regret the purchase.
Published 11 months ago by Shauna Curley
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it like cooked food
Have loved her since the first album, always poignant lyrics and instrumentation, just awesome. Keep doing the damn thing. Can not wait to see you perform live.
Published 13 months ago by Anthony S Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars had to have it!
Lalah hathaway knows she can sing! I just love this CD I put is on and play it over and over must have
Published 16 months ago by jacqueline m king
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lalah
So this one is cool not as good as her last one though. She kinda bombs on the first track but then it starts to come together and develops into some decent material. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Literati Rhapsody
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