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Album Review

Donell Jones first gained attention as a songwriter and producer for such smooth urban soul groups as Usher, Silk, Brownstone, and 702, which led Babyface to sign the singer/songwriter to LaFace. His debut album was a solid R&B hit, sketching out a jazzy, soulful variation on Babyface's smooth urban-pop, which he fills in with his second album, Where I Wanna Be. On the surface of things, Jones may sound similar to a lot of his peers, but there's a greater sense of musical sophistication in his music. There are light touches of jazz, suave electric pianos, and an easy seductiveness to the entire production. Where I Wanna Be is actually a savvy update of early-'80s quiet storm — it's a little sexier and a little sleeker, but the spirit is more reminiscent of that era than the late '90s (with the noticeable exception of Jones' tendency to oversell his vocals slightly). At times, the album relies more on style than substance, but it's crafted well, so the slips into filler aren't painful at all. Actually, the very fact that the infrequent bits of filler are enjoyable is a testament to Jones' talents as a performer and record-maker — he knows how to deliver the weaker moments with elegance. And those moments don't arrive all that often on Where I Wanna Be. For much of the album, Jones hits the right tone — balancing mood, song, and performance quite alluringly. It gets him and the listener where they wanna be.

Customer Reviews

Smooth as fresh butta!

Donell Jones has been making great music for well over a decade, but this album made him a true STAR! So many of the smooth ballads and uptempo songs are what make his music on the short list of my R&B favorites. If you want an album to chill this one! I can still listen to "Have You Seen Her" and think of the slow dancing and romantic evenings with my special someone! "I Wanna Love U" is yet another slow ballad that captures your heart and holds onto it all in the first verse. U Know What's Up (version featuring Left Eye) is a classic uptempo club song! And I remember "Where I Wanna Be" as one of the most honest songs ever made. Still a great album and underappreciated artist!

Donell Jones.

Talk about an underrated artist, his voice is amazing. And the track 'Where I Wanna Be' never gets old, definately one of the best songs I've heard in awhile.. and it's over 10 years old. Still good to this day. This album is gets a 'wow' reaction in a very, very good way!

Amazing Album!!

A True Classic 👏👏👏


Born: May 22, 1973 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning with his 1996 album My Heart, singer/songwriter/producer Donell Jones recorded a jazzy and soulful style of urban pop for LaFace Records and scored a few modest singles in the process. His first two singles -- "In the Hood" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet" -- established his reputation within the competitive urban market. In particular, the latter song, originally a Stevie Wonder song from Songs in the Key of Life (1976), became a substantial hit for Jones, climbing to the upper reaches of the...
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