Personnel: Musiq, Bilal (vocals); Cee-Lo (rap vocals); Ivan Barias (various instruments, programming); Junius Bervine (various instruments); Frank Romano (guitar); Rick Tate (saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); Jeff Bradshaw (trombone); Olezski (Fender Rhodes piano); Johnnie Smith (keyboards); Thaddaeus Tribbett (bass); John Roberts (drums, percussion); John Lawson, James Poyser (drums); Victor Duplaix (percussion); DJ Aktive (vinyl scratches); Carol Riddick, AAries, Kindred The Family (background vocals).
Producers: Musiq, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Junius Bervine, Victor Duplaix.
Recorded at Home Cookin' Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Forthenight" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
For Musiq, soul is everything. From his former professional surname, Soulchild, to his third record's title, SOULSTAR, and even an album photo that features him wearing a T-shirt reading "Soul Rebel," Musiq makes it abundantly clear that soul is his driving force. Not surprisingly, SOULSTAR lives up to its name, as Musiq locks into a series of tight grooves and lets his smooth voice carry the tunes.
The opening title track begins with some deft scratching and a delicate string backing that gives way to Musiq's velvety croon and Carol Riddick's old-school R&B vocal refrain. On "Womanopoly," Musiq's lyrics cleverly riff on the real estate board game and coast over a strolling beat. Perhaps most impressively, the vocalist pulls off an inventive cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" that shuffles along to a dynamic arrangement. Producing albums this enjoyably consistent is proof positive of this SOULSTAR's staying power.
- Soulstar - (featuring DJ Aktive/Carol Riddick)
- Forthenight - (featuring Aaries)
- Momentinlife - (featuring Kindred The Family Soul/Ceelo)
- Dontstop / Her - (featuring Bilal)
- Leaveamessage - (bonus track)