Ready Now

Ready Now

by Truth HurtsTruth Hurts
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Overview

Truth Hurts' sultry sophomore album, Ready Now, which clocks around 40 minutes, is more concise than her hour-long debut. None of the songs seem like unnecessary filler, and even the seven-minute "U" doesn't overstay its welcome. She still relies on backup singers to complement the vocals, but her voice has gotten stronger; she displays greater emotional nuance (e.g., "Ready Now") and vocal nimbleness (e.g., "Can't Be Mad"), and the production of her voice has gotten less overblown. The lyrics contain a few memorable turns of phrase, but most of the time they aren't particularly original or striking; even the double entendres aren't especially clever. The production sounds at times like it could been influenced by Timbaland (e.g., the horn punches and Middle Eastern feel on "Ride"), although there are also traces of past associate Dr. Dre's influence (e.g., the beat on "Knock Knock"). The guest rap by Loon on "Whatchu Sayin'" isn't particularly memorable, and the album could use more humor like the phone conversation that carries over from " Lifetime (Interlude)" into "Lifetime"; it could also benefit from more of the vulnerability that Truth Hurts displays in "Ready Now" to balance out soft porn fantasies such as "Phone Sex." But it's still a satisfying set of sexy, silky smooth music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Pookie Entertainment
UPC: 0882487100226
catalogNumber: 1002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Truth Hurts   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Wilson   Drums,Keyboards
Alonzo Jackson   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Various
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Kelvin Wooten   Bass,Keyboards,Vocoder
Battlecat   Keyboards
Loon   Rap
Tim Riley   Organ,Wurlitzer
Dapo Torimiro   Keyboards
Taura "Aura" Jackson   Background Vocals
L.J.   Strings,Keyboards
Gene Duarte   Guitar

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer,drum programming,Audio Production
Kevin "D.J. Battlecat" Gilliam   Composer
Alonzo Jackson   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Andre Wilson   Composer
Brian Randolph   Composer,Vocal Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Shari Watson   Composer
Battlecat   Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Gerry Brown   Engineer
Lionel Holoman   Composer
Casey Wilson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Truth Hurts   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
John Tanksley   Engineer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
James Tanksley   Engineer
Orville Allen   Composer,Producer
Taura "Aura" Jackson   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Chauncey Hawkins   Composer

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