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Album Review

After getting his name out with an appearance on Jay-Z's Kingdom Come album and as a member of the Knightwritaz — the production team featuring Mario plus Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry — singer/songwriter Sterling Simms launches his solo career with the uneven Yours, Mine and the Truth. The album starts on a high note with "All I Need" — featuring Jadakiss and a borrowed bit of LL Cool J's "I Need Love" — and when the cliché-filled "Playa" rolls around, Simms' convincing, almost Usher delivery overcomes the song's shortcomings. The problem lies with tracks like the completely irresponsible "DUI (80 on the Freeway)," which tries to seduce the ladies with a story of outrunning the cops just to get the panties. It plays out like a Dave Chappelle skit, as does the R. Kelly-ish "Boom Boom Room," which is coated in synthetic strings and sexual grunts. Saving the day are three believable closing tracks, including the layered Knightwritaz creation "Sex in the City" plus "She Should Be Thanking You," where the singer lets his Sam Cooke influence loose for a gripping performance. It doesn't wipe away a horrible decision like "DUI," but at least it places Simms' debut in the general vicinity of "promising."

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Sterling Simms-Yours, Mine & The Truth

Def Jam’s newest R&B singer, Sterling Simms is a part of songwriting/production team The Knightwritaz and was featured on Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come. He delivers his delay after delays dating back to ’06 due to bad charting singles. All I Need: R&B hitmaker, Tricky Stewart has been busy this year and he delivers yet another solid production here for Simms lead single “All I Need”. Originally sung by Lloyd but appearing here because Lloyd had budget issues, Simms sounds fine on the track. Jadakiss drops by to add some meaningful bars, as Simms has a solid lead single but lacks due to The-Dream’s moans. Nice falsetto from Simms. 4/5 Playa: Bumping 808s has Simms going for a club banger here. He’s much more successful here than on “Jump Off”, as Simms light hook is a bit repetitive but smooth enough to pass. His smooth croon works despite the typical production and lyrics. 3/5 DUI (80 On The Freeway): With a crazy scenario of being chased by the cops, Simms sings about craving his lady and wiling to push 80 in doing so. This story is a little too unrealistic and while Simms delivers decent vocals, the track ultimately falls to its lacking in creativity of songwriting and vocally. 2/5 Single: Acoustic guitar and simple drum rhythm has Simms reflecting of being single. Simms speaks on being “a wild boy” and remembering crazy nights, but all of it just seems dull. Despite some nice guitars, the hook is dull and it doesn’t get any better. 2.5/5 Bad Dream: Acoustic guitars return but with better instrumentation and better singing from Simms. While Simms fluctuates between smooth vocals and mere mediocrity, Simms handles it much better here than the previous track. Simms experiences a bad dream due to not having his girl with him. 3/5 Jump Off: Synthy and club ready, Simms gives a club joint that is pretty predictable. The melody is really predictable and the subject matter as well, so to top things off YoungBloodz Sean Paul drops a guest verse. It’s a decent club banger, but there have been better R&B dance joints than this. 3/5 I Know: Simms sounds much better here, as light pianos and better percussion plays behind Simms light voice. His hook glazes nicely over and the verses are on point. 3.5/5 Boom Boom Room: Drawn out synths and drums going at a slow pace, Simms sadly disappoints. The hook just doesn’t quite fulfill the beat and the verses also lack that true connection as a singer. 2/5 Best Friend: Simms croons about his girl having a baby by his best friend and expressing the feelings has. From thinking its fault and he deserves it or his girls for her decisions, Simms sounds a lot more believable on this story than the “DUI (80 On The Freeway)”. It has a touch of R. Kelly to it, but Simms sounds good. 3/5 Doin’ Dat Dere: Soundz production has a nice club vibe to it, as Simms coos softly on the hook and in the verses with good vocals. The tracks production is what really shines and allows Simms light vocals to blend nicely with the beat. Solid club banger right here. 3.5/5 Sex In The City: Simms finally comes through by showing off his falsetto and delivering some strong emotion. The production backs him well and creates a grooving bassline that supports Simms emotion and falsetto beautifully, solid track here. One for the bedroom and the ladies. 3.5/5 Let Her Go: Exciting synths build and Simms hook blends well. Delivering a catchy hook and reflecting on heartbreak and debating if he should “let her go” or keep her, but he sees that there is no use. Solid track with some good production. 3.5/5 She Should Be Thinking Of You: Things finish with acoustic guitars, strings and a pop crossover track. Simms innocence and light vocals sound perfect on this ender, as he delivers a truly heartfelt thank you to his lady. Definitely a solid finisher that has radio potential. 4/5 Simms debut Yours, Mine & The Truth should satisfy any Simms fans who have waited patiently for its release. The problem that consists throughout the album is Simms finding an identity, as he does sound very similar to various other R&B singers out right now. Relatable to Usher, Simms shines on the last three songs of the album, as the sultry and steamy “Sex In The City” serves up a solid bedroom number, while “Let Her Go” has some exciting production and vocals despite some heartbroken lyrics and crossover ready “She Should Be Thinking Of You” is a beautiful pop number that says thank you to all his female listeners. Lead single “All I Need” is a good single with a nice Jada feature, but there are a few missteps such as the unrelatable “DUI (80 On The Freeway)” and uncreative “Boom Boom Room”. The middle of the album tends to drag, but the end and top are solid. Decent release for Simms who has potential but will have to develop an identity if he wants to survive in this R&B scene. Rating: 7 out of 10

Sterling Simms has an exceptional album!

This is a excellent album.I've up on dude since his mixtape circuit days and he does not disappoint with this album.This dude has a nice voice that flows with any song he's on(remember dig a hole with Jay-Z).Do yourself a favor and pick up this album because you can't go wrong.My favorite tracks are DUI,Boom,Boom,Boom and Sex In The City(Hot slow song).Again,pick up this album because it may be one of the best of '08.

The Next RnB Hitmaker!

Yours, Mine, and the Truth is one of the best debut RnB albums I have heard in a long time. Sterling Simms who has fought def jam for over a year now about his album, has finally released his masterpiece. I'm glad that he resolved his issues and has moved on to bigger and better things with this final piece of work, Great Job Sterling! My favorite track on this album is "Boom Boom Room", it is a wonderful slow jam that will be on repeat for years to come. Another great song that is lyrically the best song on the album, is "Bad Dream". It has a great chorus and shows off Sterling's melodic voice. A couple other noticeable tracks are, "Doin' That There", "DUI", "All I Need", "Let Her Go", and "Single". I would've bought this album on itunes but I wanted the actual copy, BUY THE ALBUM!!!

Biography

Born: July 7, 1982 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s

Born and raised in Philadelphia, R&B singer and songwriter Sterling Simms was heavily coached by his grandfather, a musician himself, to be a performer. He exposed Simms to classic soul artists like Sam Cooke and even helped Simms record his first song at age six. Inspired by new jack swing artists like Teddy Riley, New Edition, and Boyz II Men, Simms moved to Atlanta to pursue his singing career when he turned 14. He seized on the opportunity to work with up-and-coming producers (who were his...
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