Code Red

Code Red

by Monica
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Overview

Rather than celebrate the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough single, Monica declares a Code Red order on the commercial airwaves that have squeezed out soul-rooted R&B. The first song on her seventh U.S. album is the title track, a scuttling assault produced by Polow and assisted by Missy Elliott, which involves the protest "Turn off the radio, damn right/We don't hear real shit no mo'." After that song fades, the next voice heard is that of Lil Wayne, whose most recent radio triumphs as a featured artist include "Truffle Butter." One can't be faulted for being confused by Monica's perspective. Later, she returns to the theme with "I Miss Music," a wistful ballad somewhere between mid-'90s adult alternative singer/songwriter material and Babyface's contemporaneous hits. Monica begins by listing departed legends, then mixes it up by citing some living and very active artists, including Babyface. It's odd. Not only does she long for the type of music that continues to be created in abundance, and with easy access, but a fair portion of it has come from her RCA label mates -- D'Angelo, Elle Varner, Miguel, and past songwriting collaborator Jazmine Sullivan among them. Subtract the mixed and muddled messages (another song features Akon, maker of "Smack That"), and Code Red is satisfactory. It's another Monica album that, at its best, draws from the past while remaining in the present, as heard in the luminous ballad "Deep," the Teena Marie-referencing electro/freestyle hybrid "Suga," and the pop-soul belter "Alone in Your Heart." Most of the collaborations with Polow, Danja, Pop & Oak, Philip Constable, and Fatboi handily surpass the three that involve Timbaland. What truly distinguishes Code Red from the rest of Monica's albums is that the singer is credited as co-writer of every track, not one, two, or three of them. Unsurprisingly, she sounds completely connected to every song.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430999527
catalogNumber: 309995

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monica   Primary Artist
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Bass Guitar
Kevin Scott   Bass
Andre Brissett   Bass
Daniel Groover   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan Marshall   Guitar
Justin Lay   Keyboards
Jason "JP" Perry   Keyboards
Siraaj "Encore" Aziz   Horn
Scott Effman   Acoustic Guitar
Philip "Hardwork" Constable   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Roark Bailey   Acoustic Guitar
Prentice Spry   Piano

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Composer
Monica   Producer,Executive Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Missy Elliott   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Chris Godbey   Engineer
Timothy Clayton   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Akon   Producer
Monica Brown   Composer
Melinda Dancil   Producer
Michael White   Composer
Fusako Chubachi   Art Direction
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Tami Latrell   Composer
Daniel Jones   Composer,Additional Production
Danja   Producer
Chad Jolley   Engineer
Jerome Simmons   Composer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Atozzio Towns   Composer
Fatboi   Producer
La'Damon Douglas   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer,Executive Producer
Nick Brongers   Composer,Producer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Richard J. Rudolph   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Priscilla Hamilton   Composer
Chrystal Johnson   Composer
Crystal Nicole   Vocal Producer
Lucas Nathanson   Composer,Producer
Andrea Simms   Composer
Scott Effman   Composer,Producer
Matt Weber   Engineer
Lindsay Gilbert   Composer,Vocal Producer
Philip "Hardwork" Constable   Composer,Producer
James Foye   Composer,Producer
Chris King   Engineer
Kirby Lauryen   Composer
Jonathan Solone-Myvett   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Roark Bailey   Engineer
Blanco "The Ear"   Vocal Producer
Atia Boggs   Composer
Jocelyn a. Donald   Composer
Majubeen a. Abdullah   Composer
Bennie Amey   Composer

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