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In My Songs

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In My Songs is soul man Gerald LeVert's final farewell, a collection of vintage-sounding R&B equal to any of the discs he put out in his 20-year career. Only, of course, sadder: Prior to track one, Gerald's legendary father, the O'Jay's Eddie LeVert, reminisces momentarily about the months leading up to this album and his son's pride in presenting it; shards of that short speech linger through songs like "Sweetness," in which the man who was called "Teddy Bear" before Ruben Studdard was a twinkle in Paula Abdul's eye promises to "be sweeter tomorrow than I was today," and "Hang in There," a soulful plea sent out to a sulking lady friend. Two upbeat songs break the solemn mood midway through--"DJ Don't" molds itself to fit old-school party-night sensibilities, and "Wanna Get up with You" whisks the ladies off to the dancefloor--but even those tracks can't help going bittersweet around the edges. They represent LeVert's lost magnetism, after all. And they're reminders that the man who once promised to "sing it to you time and time again," won't. --Tammy La Gorce
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000LV6RGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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The late Gerald Levert was an underrated R&B singer. His albums sold well, but he never garnered the high praise of many of his contemporaries. This posthumous release is a satisfying final testament to his smooth croon. His previous album found him reflecting on social issues, but In My Songs is a return to his wheelhouse. The songs focus on his trademark love and romance themes, but there is a underlying theme of ache. The title track finds him wishing he could find the love that he often sings about and "Deep As It Goes" (while being a bit of a double entendre) is about look for a truly deep love. "DJ Don't" lightens things up with a fun vibe and "M'Lady" harkens back to his father's, Eddie Levert, Philly Soul days as the songs was co-written with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The album closes with the poignant "Is There A Way To Heaven?" that has obvious extra meaning and gravitas given the circumstances.
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Gerald LeVert was the standout example of the underrated soul singer. He had the pipes that could trump a number of his contemporaries, yet he didn't have the "contemporary" appeal that so many of today's youth look for from the R&B singer -- hip-hop. Throughout his career, the so-penned "Teddy Bear" made a couple of allusions to hip-hop, namely on his exceptional LOVE & CONSEQUENCES album where Layzie Bone appears. However, his hip-hop concessions aren't the real G, which is proved via two top twenty pop singles from LeVert including the innuendo filled "Thinkin' 'Bout It" (#12 on Billboard Hot 100) and the equally fantastic "Taking Everything" (#11 on Billboard Hot 100). Here, the retro-soul robust, raw vocals of LeVert convert to commercial success. What is true about the late Gerald LeVert is that when he was truly soulful without trying to appeal to a younger crowd he was at his best. What is also true is that no matter if he was singing a weaker, forgettable song, he alway sang the hell out of anything he sang. Sure STROKE OF GENIUS may not have been one of his top efforts, but he killed the songs he sang no matter whether it was truly inspired songwriting or not. What makes IN MY SONGS great is the fact that everything that has been successful and great about Gerald LeVert's career is pour into these memorable, sexy songs. While G is gone, he will never be forgotten, and he quite possibly left the "masterpiece" of his career via IN MY SONGS.

The album opens incredibly sadly as father Eddie LeVert pulls at any G fan's heart strings with his introduction commemorating his late (hard to believe Gerald's dead) son's career and giving some background behind IN MY SONGS.
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I have every Gerald Levert cd so I know Gerald Levert! Close friends might say I am/was a little obsessed with him. This album is vintage GERALD LEVERT. My favorites are Wanna Get Up With You, Deep As It Goes and What Cha Think About That. The album is truly a Masterpiece but that what I expect from him. One of the few performers who deliver on an entire cd. Definately a MUST have!!!! RIP Mr Levert- You will truly be missed!!!
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Well, as many would say that I am biased towards G since he is by far the ONLY man in the music industry that can touch my soul they way he does/did. In my opinion, there is no other R&B singer(past or present)that could do it like him (not even Luther) - no pun intended, I just wasn't a big Luther fan. I'm all about G!

Although, I am a HUGE G fan, I have recognized that sometimes Gerald can go a little off on the deep in...especially when he attempted the "up-tempo" music or his featured Rap Artist...although, there were a few that I enjoyed like "Didn't We (up tempo on Stroke of Genious) & No Sense (fea. Lazy Bone on Love & Cons), it was clear that this was not the GERALD that I needed. I must be honest to say that I was relieved when I heard "In My Songs", as it seemed that Gerald had returned to his "comfort" zone and fulfilled his reputation of the "ballardeer". While "Do I Speak For the World" was a different approach than what we were used to with Gerald, I still found pleasure in listening to that project. But like other CDs of his, there were a few songs that I had to skip...but generally, I am satisfied with enjoying 6-7 tracks of 13 track disk...I feel like I've gotten my monies worth. Therefore, I've never been disappointed with ANY of Gerald's CDs because i've always enjoyed a good 60% of his music.

As for "In My Songs", I absolutely LOVE the CD...to me it's by far his greatest! Personally, I've found great listening please in 11 of the 13 tracks in which one of the 2 songs (M'Lady & Wanna Get Up With You) that I originally did not care for has started to grow on me (M'Lady).
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The R&B World lost another balladeer a few short months ago when Gerald Levert passed away at the early age of 40. Although we will miss him, he left behind a extensive music library including an album that he had just completed at the time of his passing. In My Songs is a 12-song collection that encompasses the diverse array of sounds that we have come to love from Gerald Levert. The upbeat tracks that stand out the most are the happy-go-lucky song "Wanna Get Up With You," the charismatic "DJ Don't," and the bouncy "What Cha Think About That." His best mid-tempo songs would have to be "I Don't Get Down Like That" and "M'Lady" although "Fall Back" and "To My Head" are also respectable. But Gerald still gives the ladies a couple slow jams to cuddle up with. The title track "In My Songs" has to be one of his best ballads to date with all of the compassion that you hear from him while he's belting out his feelings. "Is This The Way To Heaven?" and "Deep As It Goes" are smooth love songs that will put anybody in the mood for some extra-curricular activity. "Hang In There" and "Sweeter" are more romantic in their approach than the other slow cuts. Gerald Levert definitely proved himself time and time again that he more than just Eddie Levert's son. He stood the test of time and garnered fans from across the globe. In My Songs is a great complement to his already huge discography. Even if no more albums are released, the world has many great songs and great memories of the man they called 'Teddy Bear'...R.I.P.
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