Love Me Back

Love Me Back

by Jazmine SullivanJazmine Sullivan


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One of the fears Jazmine Sullivan expressed near the end of her debut was that of being dropped by her label. Three remarkably distinctive Hot 100 singles, gold album sales, and five Grammy nominations later, the singer/songwriter's safety was ensured. Thankfully, the J label isn't merely keeping Sullivan around but allowing her to remain her creative, imaginative self. Odds are that no other major-label R&B singer would be allowed to record a song like "Redemption," in which Sullivan raps cold-eyed in the first person as a female crack addict and as a male woman-beater while breaking up the tales with a fraught gospel chorus. None of Sullivan's contemporaries could possibly pull off "Stuttering" -- a gimmicky but palpable piano-led ballad conveying anxiety over a romantic interest -- without sounding like clumsy comedy. Love Me Back is, by no means, strictly experiments. Those who dug Fearless' throwback soul have plenty to soak up. The Missy-produced, Manhattans-sampling "Excuse Me" is Sullivan's most gorgeous in-love song yet, while the scorned-lover "10 Seconds" makes the ultimate case for her frequent in-the-red mode, which always serves the song; when you're bugging out, "throwing and breaking shit," and threatening to get your mom and cousins involved, there's no sense in trying to be the least bit restrained or cool about it. And then, just a couple songs later, perhaps as a way to prove that she can pull back, she adds the meringue to the impeccable synthetic pop-funk of "Don't Make Me Wait" like it's nothing, mentioning Vanity 6 in the hook as she lures a one-night stand. After factoring in the fictitious post-breakup duet with Ne-Yo (which is more like a verbal joust), the self-flagellating "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" (a collision of oft-used samples and references that does not sound the least bit tired), and the nakedly ambitious "Famous" (where she yearns for girls to want to be like her), it becomes increasingly clear that Love Me Back sprawls and stuns in equal measure.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2017
Label: Sony Special Product
UPC: 0889854332020
catalogNumber: 543320
Rank: 92353

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazmine Sullivan   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,wah wah guitar
Salaam Remi   Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Toby Gad   Piano
Ne-Yo   Background Vocals
Davide Rossi   Strings,Violin,Cello,Viola
Steve Wyreman   Guitar
DaMystro   Conductor
Calvin Parmer   Bass
Harold Robinson   Bass
Jesse Bonds   Guitar
DJ Showoff   Vocals
StayBent KrunkaDelic   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer
Evie Sands   Composer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Douglas Davis   Composer
Carlos McKinney   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Ricky Walters   Composer
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Craig Brockman   Composer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
William Miller   Composer
Missy Elliott   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Dave Atkinson   Composer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Richard Germinaro   Composer
Inga Marchand   Composer
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Arlene DelValle   Composer
Roy Hammond   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Peter Edge   Producer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Trevor Jerideau   Producer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Cory McKay   Composer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer,Producer
Toby Gad   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Steve McKie   Composer
Ne-Yo   Producer,Duet
Bei Maejor   Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Vocal Engineer
Christian Baker   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Prolyfic   Additional Production
Anthony Cruz   Composer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Scott Naughton   Engineer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Geno Regist   Engineer
Brandon Parks   Engineer
Ricky Blaze   Producer,drum programming
DaMystro   Producer
Charles Harmon   Composer
Cainon Lamb   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Anthony "Rocky" Gallo   Vocal Engineer
Gilbert Askey   Composer
Benjamin Weisman   Composer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson   Engineer
Nasir Jones   Composer
No_ID   Producer
Ahmir Thompson   Drum Engineering
Cary Clark   Engineer
Sam Wheat   Vocal Engineer
Rick Frederick   Engineer
David Ewing   Composer
Quame Riley   Composer
Brandon Green   Composer

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