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Sultry R&B crooner Chico Debarge returns with his long anticipated 2009 studio album Addiction. The album is proof that Chico is still a charismatic, talented songwriter and producer. The album is filled with passion and intensity that encompasses Chico's sensual delivery and style that fans have always loved and embraced. Addiction is infused with rich melodic and soulful production that is sure to connect with fans and critics alike. Features guest appearances from Joe and Talib Kweli.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MASSENBURG MEDIA
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B002BIGCK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have been addicted to the music of the soulful family DeBarge ever since I heard ALL THIS LOVE. And Bobby and El, as far as I was concerned were the undisputed masters of the sophisticated slow jam from the late seventies until the early nineties. No one however ever accused Chico, youngest member of the famed Motown musical dynasty of matching his older siblings writing or singing skills. But what Chico always had was a harder edge and charisma to burn, whether he was begging women to pick up the phone and "Talk to Me," or lay on the bed during a "Rainy Night," this young brother knew how to deliver a song. And eventhough his early promising career was cut short by a drug related prison sentence which forced him out of the game for nearly a decade he came back stronger and hotter than ever with his Prison Epic LONG TIME NO SEE in 1997. I think people embraced it not only because of such commercial gems as "No Guarantee" with Joe and "Love Still Good" but because he was giving the public a healthy dose of adult Reality Music and not catering to the whims of an ever changing youth driven market. It is said that we all live in our own prisons, some that we create ourselves and some that others create for us. Chico tapped into that mind set when he musically exposed the world to his own real confinement. The public not only embraced it but he emerged, since the passing of Bobby and the retirement of El, the standard bearer of his family's musical legacy. Chico follow up project THE GAME in 1999 was just as good musically as LTNS but the story line and compilation about being torn between two lovers during his post prison years was less focused and the public once again began to write him off as a one hit wonder for the second time.Read more ›
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I have his previous albums Long Time No See & The Game but this one, this one is the ONE! I love Chico's voice its so smooth and when he sings, you can truly feel him. This cd is (for lack of better words) is totally awesome from track 1 all the way through the bonus track by Lylit. This man is very talented and truly blessed & I am so happy that his return to the spotlight is with Addiction. I have only had this cd for 5 hrs and I have listened to it on repeat for about 6 cycles now. Track 4 with he and Joe is simply sick (in the best possible way). I picked this up just a bit after 9am this morning and there were only 3 cd's left on the shelf.

Chico, looks like you will have the strong showing this cd really deserves. Congrats & welcome back!
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I have never really listened to Chico Debarge before but I have to say this album is the bomb! So many of the songs are hits, that I play it over and over again in my car. My favorite song has to be Bad all Do My Bad Alone. Its a mellow track about the end of a very stormy romance. Chico has a mellow groove and a simplicity to his words that make you feel exactly what he is saying. Honorable mentions are Oh No, Math, Slick, I Want You, I Forgot Ur Name, He You and Change. I even loved the prayer. It's obvious that Chico has learned great things from bad experiences and decided to share them with the world thru song. Like I said, I said I have never been a big Chico Debarge fan, but this album is a must for the mellow listener!
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I am a fan of Chico debarge's music. He does not get enough industry acknowlegement. This cd is absolutely a must have. I can hear his Marvin gaye influence in this cd. If you like jazz, soul and urban music you will hear it all in this cd. The best.
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I'm a true Chico fan. I have his previous cd's and excited to see he is back. Saw him in concert recently and he sounds so good. The next day I bought this cd and every track is lovely.The music is real r&b and from his soul.This cd will be in my playlist for a while.
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I received my shipment a few days prior to its expected arrival and the audio quality is great as well. I even received a $1 MP3 credit for purchasing an album off of the website. Chico is an amazing artist and I have no regrets from ordering it from here.
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This album is a masterpiece! I am so glad that Amazon had it available for a download...."Addiction" is one of my favorite albums from Chico Debarge and it just seems like as the years progress, he keeps defining his craft. The song, "She Loves Me," is always on constant rotation...
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Chico DeBarge begins his latest record, Addiction, by directly confronting the fact his addictions led him to a jail cell. DeBarge doesn't try to milk the time he did in prison for drug trafficking in order to improve his street cred. Look, the name DeBarge conjures up memories of silky smooth love ballads performed sweetly in the high vocal ranges by male and female eye candy, not gangstas. DMX and TI he ain't. Chico DeBarge clearly didn't believe there was an upside in glamorizing his prison stint, and although Addiction is not a story about his fall, the singer's travails are never far from the surface.

DeBarge's struggles with addiction surface metaphorically in the song "I Want You," in which an affair with a married woman becomes the itch that the singer finds the need to scratch. DeBarge also confronts his struggles directly on the spoken word piece " Chico 's Prayer." Addiction can lead to dysfunctional relationships, and that leads us to the tune "Do Bad Alone," which tells the story of a man being dragged to jail when his lover calls the police during a domestic dispute. In this case, the woman is the one with the monkey on her back that forces her to act out - she's an alcoholic prone to violence. Yet, it is the male who gets scratched up by the woman, maced and tased by the police and tossed into jail.

A friend of mine once told me that humanity never created a drug that is as addictive as woman. If you turn on the jazzy and laid back jam "Slick," it's clear that DeBarge agrees with my buddy. In this song, DeBarge tells how he was drawn to a woman despite his best efforts to go in a different direction.

The DeBarge men, in the group Switch and in the vocal group DeBarge, were best known for their falsetto singing.
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