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After My Time

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic Records
  • ASIN: 5557376097
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Noel Gourdin is a breath of fresh air to R&B. Sure, AFTER MY TIME hearkens the "glory" days of R&B (1970s), but it is fresh enough to be relevant in today's industry. The biggest flaw of AFTER MY TIME at times is the production and songwriting; sometimes this debut does feel a bit "cheap", which is understandable considering most debuts on major-labels don't utilize big name producers. Even with the "stalest" material, which is a nitpicky thing on my part anyways, Gourdin's refined tenor convinces you that he is a star.

"One Love" opens the album great, though it isn't as exciting as say Raheem DeVaughn's opening "Woman" from his LOVE BEHIND THE MELODY. While that comparison may not hold much weight in the overall scheme of things, "One Love" just falls slightly short of being exceptional. In other words, it is good, though not a "certified-classic", as Vibe magazine formerly coined in their CD reviews section. "Better Man" is more exciting with it's vintage sounding production work, straight out of the 1970s. "The River", the brilliant first single, is a five-star performance all around. The track would've been at home on a John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, or Jaheim album; I guess it was Noel Gourdin that was blessed with the phenomenal track. "Open" is certainly catchy and successfully fuses "neo" with "contemporary" to make for one of AFTER MY TIME's best selections.

"Hurts Like Hell" formerly was one of my least favorite from AFTER MY TIME, but after several listens, the jazz-influenced production and progression grew on me. It doesn't topple "Better Man", "The River", or "Open" as my favorites, but it is certainly strong. "Led You On" is good too, though it lacks the little spice to really shine brightly.
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Format: Audio CD
Welcome back R&B! Thanks to Noel Gourdin....I had been waiting on this CD for a long time and trust me when I say it did not let me down. My favorites are "Sorry" "Summertime" "Reach" "Make The Most" and of course "The River". Don't hesitate, BUY THIS CD!
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By C. May on July 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I too have been waiting for this cd to drop ever since I saw his live performance on Apollo. This guy is definately an "Old Soul" with a twist of refreshing youthfullness that the music business seems to want to avoid due to the success of rap. But, if your flavor for music is old school r&b with a touch of hip hop on the side then Noel Gourdin should be in your music library. Because he's certainly going to bring it. He has no gimmicks,he just plain sings!
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By urT aggiN on November 23, 2008
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When I first heard the song "The River" I was reluctant because Steve Harvey was pushing it on his morning show back in the Summer of 2007. I got a cal from a friend of mine saying that he would be producing a song for Noel Gourdin's album. I was so still reluctant and kept my "Chopped and Skrewed" mind in the unsanitary world of rap and lost world of R&B. The album was released and I skipped past it at Best Buy. Then I heard the song "SORRY". MY GOSH!!!! It was like Musiq Soulchilds "MaryGoRound", you know the HIT that will never be released and your album favorite! Well this song sold me...the lyrical content was lost because I was stuck in the production of this song, then the bass line reminded me of "A Tribe Called Quests" hit back in '94. Then the background arrangement was as emotional as the lead vocal arrangement, so convincing. The vocals were tellig me that he was "Sorry" about something, which made me listen to the lyrics of this song.....SOLD!!!!! The falsetto at the end of the song. If you are a fan of "REAL MUSIC" then this the album to have! I just get stuck on one song because it's my favorite. Lisa Ellis and the staff did an excellent job with this album. Let it ride for a year like Jill Scott did...it may take some time but this isn't an album for the quick hit, #1 Smash song movement, 1 million records sold in a week deal...this is a record that can spread internationally in 18 months.
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Until about two months ago, I had absolutely no clue who Noel Gourdin was. It was then that I saw the video for his amazing first single, "The River," on VH1 Soul and knew I had to get this album. The album pretty much came out of nowhere (he needs more promotion), but I'm glad it did. "The River," a beautiful ode to a past love interest, remains my favorite song of the set, but Gourdin has many other great songs to offer on here. The opener, "One Love," is a strong, soulful, and melodic track. It should definitely be the next single, if there is one. "Open" is a catchy and entrancing mid-tempo. "Reach" was another favorite of mine. It's has a great melody and even better, a great message: stay with your true love through the thick and thin and look for a brighter day, especially when he's trying his best to please and provide for you. "Make the Most" encourages the listener to not be pety by holding grudges, and to cherish loved ones while they're still living. Near the second half of the album, there are a few less memorable songs. My least favorite was "Led You On," which was way too pop/rock for me. Overall, though, this album has a lot of great songs and it's an excellent start for Noel. I just sincerely hope he is given the opporunity to release a sophomore LP.
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