Another Level (Blackstreet album)

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Another Level
Studio album by Blackstreet
Released September 9, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Future Recording Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Genre R&B, hip hop, soul
Length 70:22
Label Interscope
Producer Teddy Riley (exec.), Chauncey Hannibal, Bink!
Blackstreet chronology
Blackstreet
(1994)
Another Level
(1996)
Finally
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Muzik 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
Rolling Stone (average)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Source (favorable)[3]
Vibe (positive)[3]

Another Level is the second album by American R&B group Blackstreet. Released in 1996, it reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for five weeks and has sold over 4 million copies.[7] It contained the group's biggest hit to date, the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single "No Diggity".

This was the first album with new members Eric Williams and Mark Middleton. They joined the group after replacing departed members Dave Hollister and Levi Little. Another Level was also the first Blackstreet album released under Interscope Records' new distribution deal with MCA Music Entertainment, Inc. after the company was dropped by Time Warner several months before the release of the album.[8]

Despite Another Level being their most successful recording and praised as their best work, member/producer Teddy Riley stated in a 2013 interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra host Ronnie Herel that the album didn't have a signature song.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s), *Co-producer Length
1. "Black & Street Intro"   Teddy Riley 1:14
2. "This Is How We Roll"   Teddy Riley, Frank "Nitty" Pimentel 3:31
3. "No Diggity" (featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen) Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart 5:03
4. "Fix" (contains a portion of "The Message") Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal* 4:04
5. "Good Lovin'" (contains portions of "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud" performed by James Brown) Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal* 4:31
6. "Let's Stay in Love"   Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal* 4:15
7. "We Gonna Take U Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me" ("Don't Leave Me" contains a sample from "A Dream" performed by DeBarge) Teddy Riley, Roosevelt "Bink" Harrell* 5:17
8. "Never Gonna Let You Go"   Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal* 5:00
9. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (contains portions of "Float On") Teddy Riley, Sprague Williams* 4:05
10. "Taja's Lude (Interlude)"   Teddy Riley 0:27
11. "My Paradise (Interlude)"   Teddy Riley 2:11
12. "Deja's Poem"   Teddy Riley 0:24
13. "(Money Can't) Buy Me Love"   Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal* 3:38
14. "Blackstreet (On the Radio)(Feat. Morris Baxter)"     3:18
15. "I Can't Get You (Out of My Mind)"   Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Wesley Hoggs 4:50
16. "I'll Give It to You"   Teddy Riley, Xavier Hargrove* 4:16
17. "Happy Song (Tonite)"   Teddy Riley, Tommy Sims* 5:38
18. "Motherlude"   Teddy Riley 4:35
19. "Lord Is Real (Time Will Reveal)" (a cover version of "Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge) Teddy Riley 4:13

Album personnel[edit]

  • Dr. Dre
  • Queen Pen
  • Beverly Crowder
  • Karen Anderson
  • Shaquanna Elam
  • Darryl Adams
  • ELAN
  • Lamenga Ford (Kafi)
  • Shannon Cooper
  • Deja
  • Taja (vocals)
  • William Stewart
  • Sprague Williams
  • Serban Ghenea
  • George Mayers
  • John Haynes
  • Eric Williams
  • Wesley Hoggs
  • Tommy Sims (various instruments)
  • Frank "Nitty" Pimental
  • Roosevelt Harrell (programming).

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996-97) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 48
Canadian Albums (RPM) 14
Chinese Albums (Sino Chart) 19
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 47
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 39
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 44
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 26
US Billboard 200 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ a b c Album reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 80. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Phillips, Chuck. "MCA Offers $200 Million to Acquire a 50% Stake in Interscope Records". article. latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Teddy Riley Interview - Part 3 - Blackstreet". youtube.com. 
  10. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  14. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Blackstreet – Another Level". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Blackstreet | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.