by Lumidee



The take-off success of "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" made Lumidee an overnight pop star, yet it placed her at a disadvantage. She had to rush Almost Famous, a set of glorified demos and one hot song, and she seemed to disappear after her follow-up single flopped. Even those who bought the album were likely to think it would be the last they'd hear from Lumidee. However, she stuck around, at least outside the States, through a reggaeton hit with Speedy ("Sientelo") and a track on the FIFA World Cup 2006 compilation. In the States, then, Unexpected is somewhat unexpected. Now on TVT instead of Universal, she and her crew of producers -- principally J Marty, while Lenky, Scott Storch, Red Spyda, Wyclef Jean, and a couple others contribute one or two tracks -- whip up a set that is spit-shined and buffed compared to Almost Famous. It has been nearly four years since she first hit, so she has had plenty of time to regroup. There's much more nuance to her voice, whether she's singing or rapping. She's tougher, more womanly. Though these qualities make Unexpected a much better album than Almost Famous, it is not without its awkward moves, like back-to-back loose interpretations of Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" and Eugene McDaniels' "Feel Like Makin Love" (popularized by Roberta Flack). Though the former re-introduced her to the pop charts, both fall flat. The most effective tracks, like "You Got Me" (featuring N.O.R.E.) and "I'm Up" (featuring Jim Jones), tend to balance left-of-center keyboard vamps with hard-to-resist vocal hooks. Most peculiar is "In It for the Money," where she (with an assist from Snoop Dogg) expresses distaste for the music industry ("They got me turnin' off the radio/Don't watch no videos/I can't get with it, no") and shamelessly claims that money is her only motivator. As uneven and occasionally puzzling as a 17-track pop album gets, this is nonetheless a marked improvement over the debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2007
Label: Tvt
UPC: 0016581290020
catalogNumber: 2900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lumidee   Primary Artist
Judy Hyman   Violin
Rich Keller   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Walter White   Horn
Sean Harkness   Guitar
Max Buckholtz   Viola
Sedeck Jean   Keyboards
Courtney Harrell   Vocals
Keith "Lil Wonda" Duplessis   Guitar
Elliott Thomas   Piano
Pablo O. Bilbraup   Percussion
Jarred Elioseff   Keyboards
Stefanie Fink   Vocals
Samuel Jusino   Guitar
John Lardiari   Guitar
Logic   Keyboards
Mintman   Guitar
J. Mizzle   Keyboards
Josh Modney   Violin
Rob Raio   Vocals

Technical Credits

Walter White   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Producer
Eddie Perez   Producer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Steve Morales   Producer
Darrell Branch   Producer
Julian Vasquez   Engineer
Red Spyda   Producer
Ron Browz   Producer
Wolfgang Boss   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Alonzo Vargas   Engineer
Diego Morales   Engineer
Stephen L. Joseph   Engineer
T.C. Love   Producer
Wilner Alexandre   Engineer
Jesus Bobe   Engineer
James Deering   Engineer
Samuel Jusino   Engineer
NIV   Arranger,Producer
J. Stars   Producer
J. Marty   Audio Production
Scott Storch   Producer

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Unexpected 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised at Lumidee's career choice, simply because she doesn't seem like a real singer. But somehow the background music on what few good tracks there are, make up for the fact that she has an imperfect "if somewhat cutsie" voice. Her hit single "Uh Oh" from her last album was a catchy tune, but this album is barley an improvement.