The Point of It All

The Point of It All

by Anthony HamiltonAnthony Hamilton
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Overview

Released almost exactly three years after Ain't Nobody Worryin', The Point of It All has a slightly lighter tone compared to that of its immediate predecessor and Comin' from Where I'm From. But just as Anthony Hamilton has been able to incorporate modern sounds that fit with his Southern soul throwback voice, the contrasting feel of this album comes through its subtleties. Take "Cool," the album's lead single, which parlays the stress of financial strain into a good time without resembling mindless escapism. The album's opener, "The News," is as poignant as Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" and Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" (the latter even quoted), but it is likewise delivered through swashbuckling blaxploitation-style funk. Vocally, Hamilton has never been as dynamic as he is on this song, switching between his grittily textured baritone and surprisingly effective upper register. As much power is leant to some of the ballads: "Please Stay" is startling in its heartfelt regret; "The Point of It All," sparse and elegant, is like the 3 a.m. version of "Can't Let Go," equally steamy and romantic. There are lulls, such as the drippy adult contemporary of "Her Heart," but they're offset (and then some) by the standouts. At least a third of the album's contents would have to be part of any representative introduction to Hamilton. In fact, this puts a cap on a three-album run as remarkable as any other in 2000s R&B.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/16/2008
Label: La Face
UPC: 0886972338729
catalogNumber: 723387

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Hamilton   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Mark Batson   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Fatin Dantzler   Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Theremin,Hand Clapping,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer,Foot Stomping
James "Big Jim" Wright   Hammond B3
Heavy D   Strings
Natural   Guitar
Dan Hastie   Organ
Issiah "IZ" Avila   Percussion,Drums
Idris Davis   Bass
Wendell "Pops" Sewell   Guitar
Jack Splash & the Love Life Orchestra   Track Performer
Tarsha Hamilton   Background Vocals
Natural   Guitar
Pascal Guyon   Keyboards
Pascal Guyon   Keyboards
Tarsha McMillian Hamilton   Background Vocals
Love Life Orchestra   Various

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Producer
Bruce Irvine   Engineer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Phil Tan   Arranger
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Chris Chavez   Engineer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Rebecca Meek   Package Art Direction
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production,Water Bottle
Andre Harris   Composer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
James "Big Jim" Wright   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
James M. Wisner   Engineer
Lavell Crump   Composer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Heavy D   Producer,Audio Production
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Aaron Fessel   Engineer
Avila Brothers   Audio Production
Jack Splash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Josh Houghkirk   Engineer
Tom Syrowski   Engineer
Mike Tsarfati   Engineer
Issiah "IZ" Avila   Composer,Producer
Stephen Coleman   String Arrangements
Tyler Gordon   Engineer
Eli Davis   Executive Producer,Management
Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell   Marketing
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro   Engineer
Stephen Coleman   Arranger
Ramon Montgomery   Composer
Andrew Harris   Composer
Dwight Myers   Composer
Frank Walker   drum programming

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The Point of It All 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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ltyflds More than 1 year ago
Wonderful CD, makes you laugh and cry..... Anthony Hamilton is a soulful singer, makes you think of the love you have now and the love you have lost.
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