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The Way It Is [Explicit Lyrics]



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Personnel include: Keyshia Cole (vocals); Chink Santana, Eve, Jadakiss (rap vocals); Ron Fair (harmonica, organ); Chops, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Joel Peskin (horns); Steve Rodriguez, Tal Herzberg (bass instrument); Jason Stallworth (drums); Metro City.

Recording information: The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Enterprise, Burbank California.

Far from the usual fizzy pop practiced by contemporaries like Beyonce and Kelis, the debut album from Oakland-born singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole is full of sophisticated, adult R&B that bridges the gap between the neo-soul likes of Alicia Keys and the inspired, kinetic hip-hop of Kanye West. Keys and West both guest here, on the singles "(I Just Want It) To Be Over" and "I Changed My Mind," respectively, but Cole is a compelling enough performer that she's not overshadowed. Similarly, guest spots by John Legend (on "I Changed My Mind") and Eve (on Cole's 2004 debut single, "Never," reprised here) never take the focus from Cole's warm and soulful vocals. Comparable to Keys, Mary J. Blige, and even '70s R&B divas like Betty Wright (especially on the outstanding woman-done-wrong rampage "I Should Have Cheated"), Keyshia Cole effortlessly bridges old school and new, and THE WAY IT IS promises even better things to come.

What the critics say...

Vibe (pp.137-138) - 4 discs out of 5 - "Cole must be commended for a superb vocal performance....Her pure emotion gives you something you can feel. That, she gets right every time."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. (I Just Want It) To Be Over
  2. I Changed My Mind
  3. Love, I Thought You Had My Back
  4. I Should Have Cheated
  5. Guess What?
  6. Love
  7. You've Changed
  8. We Could Be
  9. Situations
  10. Down And Dirty
  11. Superstar
  12. Never
Release date Australia
June 21st, 2005
A&M Records (USA)
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