The Real Thing

Label
Concord Records (Canada)
Release date
2 Jun 2009
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
47:57

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Breathless 4:50 3,516
2 Hello Like Before 4:27 1,756
3 Loving You 3:29 1,764
4 Just Friends 4:13 2,843
5 The Real Thing 5:11 2,721
6 Lazy Afternoon 4:55 1,393
7 Close To You 4:37 1,522
8 I Fell In 4:44 1,417
9 October Sky 4:25 431
10 Come On Strong 2:36 1,173
11 If There Were No Song 4:30 1,121

About this album

“The Real Thing” is the eighth studio album by American recording artist Vanessa Williams, released on June 2, 2009 on Concord Records. It features productions by Keith Thomas, Kenneth Edmonds, Rob Mathes, Rex Rideout, and Guy Sigsworth, and songs written by Stevie Wonder and Babyface. The Real Thing achieved moderate success, peaking at #91 on the Billboard 200. It also reached #1 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, #2 on the Top Jazz Albums chart and #36 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The four singles lifted from the album were “Breathless”, “Just Friends”, “Close To You” and “The Real Thing.”

“The Real Thing” was originally intended to be a “Brazilian-type” record. However, when Vanessa Williams contacted Babyface for the album production, it was revealed the album would have a more R&B sound. She considered the album a combination of different influences, such as classical, jazz and latin music. The Real Thing was also produced by Keith Thomas, Rob Mathes and Rex Rideout, and features songs written by Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Bebel Gilberto, Phil Galdston, and Babyface.

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  • IMTHEBADDEST40

    THIS WAS HER BEST CD FROM VOCALS TO MUSICIANS, BRAVO FOR REAL MUSIC.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I finally bought a copy of this album a few weeks ago. I enjoy the album! It is diverse yet it flows smoothly from one track to the next. It is a smooth, soulful, relaxed album overall.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply

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