BEcoming

BEcoming

by Stacy Barthe

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Overview

Stacy Barthe's first album, following a handful of EPs and tracks released from 2013 through early 2015, begins with a song written after her attempted suicide. Its candid despair isn't liable to surprise anyone familiar with Barthe's previous work, like "Drink My Pain Away," or some of her darker compositions recorded by other artists. As a songwriter, Barthe's commercial successes include Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)" and Miley Cyrus' "Adore You," but there are no party anthems or potential wedding songs on BEcoming, a rare major-label R&B album for soul-searching introverts. Aside from a cover of Anita Baker's quiet storm classic "Angel," on which she is joined by co-executive producer John Legend (whose Love in the Future contained an interlude-length version), Barthe co-wrote every song and is listed first each time. She details a mess of feelings and resigned observations. If they weren't arranged so neatly, or delivered in such a poised, almost cool fashion -- Barthe never oversings, rarely raises her voice -- the hour-length album would be hard to absorb, perhaps even for wallowers, in one sitting. Production-wise, BEcoming freely ranges from genre to genre -- contemporary R&B, folk, even a little dub and shadowy synth-pop -- and often blends them with finesse. The album's heart, however, is in its two barest songs, sequenced back to back. "Me Versus Me," a Grammy-worthy piano ballad, recalls the best of Carole King, while "Find It (Transition)," heaved along on nothing more than a bass drum and a few faint accents of piano and strings, completes the previous song's thoughts -- "It's still an uphill battle" -- with "I gotta find a new way to live." She should be well on her way.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602537961092
catalogNumber: 002147302
Rank: 129416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stacy Barthe   Primary Artist
Chamberlain   Drums
Matt Chamberlain   Strings,Drums
Jeff Babko   Piano
Malay   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joseph Walker   Guitar
Shaunte Palmer   Trombone,Trumpet
Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Chris Arceneaux   Percussion,Trombone
Jamelle Williams   Trumpet,Saxophone
Geoff Gallegos   Drums,Saxophone
Ai Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
James Malay   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Chrysalis Malay   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Charles Harper   Percussion
Tykie Irby   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Matt Chamberlain   Programming
Patrick Moten   Composer
James Poyser   Producer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Sandra Sully   Composer
Michael Thomas   Engineer
John Stephens   Composer
John Legend   Executive Producer
Jason Agel   Engineer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Geo   Graphic Assistant
Malay   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Joi Campbell   Composer
Stacy Barthe   Composer,Executive Producer
Jesse Woodard   Composer
Dirty Harry   Producer
Benny Cassette   Producer,Engineer
Josiah Bashta   Composer
Corey Gibson   Composer
Ran Pink   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jacob Dennis   Engineer
Aaron D. Rosenberg   Legal Counsel
Oren Kleinman   Composer,Producer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Eddie Blackmon   Executive Producer,Management
Karla Elie   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer
Benedetto Rotondi   Composer
James Ryan Ho   Composer
Sharone Scott   Composer
Shane Abrahams   Composer
Edward Blackmon   Composer
Jenna Marsh   Art Direction
James Malay   Programming
Hit-Biy   Producer
Frankie Page   Composer
Darnell Brock   Composer
Chrysalis Malay   Programming
Joshua Y. Karp   Legal Counsel
Ronnie Tucker   Composer
Timothy Prater   Composer
Classmatez   Producer

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