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Grammy nominated pop/ soul crooner and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has remained an instantly recognizable figure to legions of fans around the world. Having sold millions of records and scored multiple Top 10 R&B and Gospel hits, in addition to appearances in film and theatrical productions. Ruben has remained one of the best selling and most popular Idol Winners.
Letters From Birmingham is Ruben's strongest and most personal album to date. A heartfelt musical story touching on the emotional ups and downs that relationships bring. Based largely on his highly publicized marriage, Rubens deep and passionate vocal delivery leave no doubt that the subject matter is real meaningful and close to his heart.
Letters From Birmingham is a true start to finish album masterpiece that is meant to be experienced as a whole.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B006ZJTNMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Finally, Ruben Studdard is making true music, away from the confines of American Idol and the big corporate labels. Going independent, it seems, has allowed him to be an artist and make virtually no concessions to the mainstream.

Like most pop artists, he was forced to take on commercial personas (gangsta of love, mainstream R&B singer trying to appeal to youths, or sappy, sentimental singer appealing to adult contemporary radio), that were completely in conflict with his skill sets.

Now, he's able to just sing good R&B/soul songs with little pressure to have hit singles or be in the constant rotation on big corporate radio.

He's turned in a very good album, and it truly feels like he's just getting started.
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There's is no doubt that with this release Ruben has further developed his soulful, nuanced and thoughtful musical style which parallels in many respects, his personal joys and disappointments. Ruben, from his first CD years ago and through this new release, has continued a journey discovering himself musically. This CD in its progression from beginning to end shows how far Ruben has travelled in his musical life. The feeling, depth and clarity of real life have all found themselves in Ruben's voice in this music. Earlier attempts were only preludes to this carefully constructed musical offering. Ruben's further discovery of his voice incorporating personal feeling through his life's experiences is evident and appreciated.
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Very nice work...By far the best I've heard from Ruben...I'm glad he has ventured out a bit to try some new things...Sweet culmination of various flows on this piece...Diversity is good for Ruben...He can really show off his plethora of musical talents...Well done.
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Some songs I love and some songs are just okay. None of the songs are bad and that's a good thing. I just wish that the record companies would give people like Reuben Studdard better material to so that he can show off the exceptional talent that he is. There are some super winning songs on this CD.
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I will listen to this CD from time to time just to hear Ruben's voice. He has a voice that grabs your attention. This CD has too much talking in it. I didnt want to her them chat after almost every selection. It is ok
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This album is "decent." Ruben is still lacking "that song" that will define his legacy as an artist. I've never heard anyone, other than Luther Vandross, who sounds better live. The fidelity in Ruben Studdards voice is unparalleled, but the lack of a major hit to characterize Ruben as an artist(i.e. Anthony Hamilton, Charlene) may forever allude him. Ruben's bass player, Alvin Garrett, is a wonderful song writer, but no songs penned by him have ever made the cut on a Ruben Studdard LP. I hate to see an artist with such a beautiful instrument not reach their full potential as a recording artist.
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This album suprised me. I used think thatt Ruben was boring and had zero personality because, his previous efforts lacked the promise he showed on AA years ago. Now I need to think again, He really came strong this time. Real R&B is back thanks to the small record labels that let artists have freedom. Outstanding producing from the unknown team of Blac Elvis Williams and Harry Lilly. Although I would have liked to have heard another dance floor classic or so I still recommend this album highly.
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This in my opinion is hit in a long line of hits from one of my favorite while this album gives us a deepper look into Ruben Studdards personal life through song and may not have as many up beat singles it is still an album any Ruben Studdard fan can listen to and enjoy.
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