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Touch

Amerie

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Album Review

When the sweet and breezy "Why Don't We Fall in Love" came out in 2002, a lot of critics were quick to discard Amerie as another attractive puppet with a capable voice who relied on producers and slick imagery. She was an inauthentic fluke, apparently, and if she were to become successful, it would have more to do with low standards — and the inability to appreciate real female artists like Norah Jones and Alicia Keys. These were easy (and lazy) things to say, especially since the songwriting credits for Amerie's first album, All I Have, showed that the singer only had a hand in writing the one-minute outro. The majority of the work was handled by Rich Harrison, a young producer/songwriter with some Mary J. Blige credits but no big hits at that point. Between late 2002 and early 2005, Amerie's presence faded, while Harrison's became impossible to ignore, nearly mirroring Dallas Austin's rise with Boyz II Men, Another Bad Creation, and TLC. Harrison's work on Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love," Destiny's Child's "Soldier," and Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" made him one of the most talked-about producers around, so the time became right for Amerie to hit back. Genius lead single "1 Thing," like "Crazy in Love," swings on a kinetic drum loop, this time courtesy of the Meters. It's just as exciting, flailing all over the place with unbound joy, and it's equally deserving of summertime omnipresence. Key point for sticklers with strict authenticity principles: in addition to knocking the beat out of the park with an ecstatic vocal turn, Amerie gets a songwriting credit. In fact, she had a hand in the penning of all but one track on Touch. To further emphasize the album's reliance on Amerie's talent, there are no guest MCs — a rarity for a mainstream R&B album these days — unless you count the Eve verse on a bonus remix. Most importantly, regardless of who's responsible, Touch has a better batch of songs than All I Have, and it seems to have ears both young and mature in mind at the same time; the mostly strong production work (Lil Jon, the Buckinghams, Bink, Red Spyda, and Dre & Vidal also take part), laced with the occasional memory-triggering sample (Roy Ayers, Jean Carn, Earth, Wind & Fire), won't hurt anyone either.

Customer Reviews

not the same

This is one of my favorite artist. and I heard a lot of ppl say she wasn't as soulful in this album. that is definantly bull. too bad she is underrated

rising star

incredibly uniquely talented singer songwriter - she rocks!!

Wow

A lot of these songs are great, and are rly good songs to dance to - Amerie knows how to make amazing dance songs, and you should def buy this album

Biography

Born: 1980 in Fitchburg, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pop-oriented R&B singer Amerie, the daughter of a Korean mother and an African-American father who was a career military member, grew up on bases from Alaska to Germany. As a youth, she gained an appreciation of the classical arts (from her mother) and of music (from her father), and she also studied dance from an early age and performed in talent contests. After her high-school graduation, her family settled down in Virginia while she began to attend Georgetown University, from which she later...
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