Calling All Hearts

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Calling All Hearts
Studio album by Keyshia Cole
Released December 21, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, hip hop, soul
Length 43:09 (standard)
54:50 (deluxe)
Label Geffen, Interscope
Producer J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Toxic, Mave (N8 Tha Maven), Song Dynasty, Big WY, Tweek Beats, Ron Fair, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Justa Beast, Big D, Renan Harrigan Chink Santana, Timbaland, Dontae Winslow, Eddie & KC Hustle
Keyshia Cole chronology
A Different Me
(2008)
Calling All Hearts
(2010)
Woman to Woman
(2012)
Singles from Calling All Hearts
  1. "I Ain't Thru"
    Released: December 7, 2010
  2. "Take Me Away"
    Released: February 1, 2011

Calling All Hearts is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole, released on December 21, 2010 in the United States by Geffen Records.[1] Appearances on the album include Nicki Minaj, Tank, Faith Evans, Timbaland and Yvonne Cole.

Background[edit]

Calling All Hearts is made of songs composed before and after Cole met her fiancée, Daniel Gibson. Shortly after revealing that she was pregnant with her first child, Cole went into a short hiatus. She made her first appearance since the birth of her son at the 2010 BET Awards performing "Airplanes" with B.o.B. In October 2010, Cole leaked an unmastered version of her single, "I Ain't Thru" to her Twitter followers in celebration of her birthday. The single was digitally mastered and then officially released. During this time, Cole shot the video for the single as well as for the promo single "Long Way Down".

Release and Promotion[edit]

Two editions of the album were composed and released on December 21, 2010—a standard and deluxe edition. The standard edition was revealed to preview on Cole's Myspace Music page on December 16, 2010.[2]

To promote the album, Cole made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Mo'Nique Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. She also made an appearance on 106 and Park on December 20 in which she did a 30 minute special performance.[3] Cole also opened for music act R. Kelly for the second time on his 2011 summer Love Letter Tour.

Singles[edit]

  • "I Ain't Thru" is the lead single from the album. An unmastered version of the single was released on October 15, 2010.[4] After mastering, the official single was released for digital download and US radio on December 7, 2010. It peaked on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #54.[5] The music video premiered on November 23, 2010 on 106 and Park.
  • "Long Way Down" was a promo single from the album. The video was shot in New York City and premiered alongside "I Ain't Thru". Although never officially sent to radio, "Long Way Down" peaked at #91 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[6]
  • "Take Me Away" is the second single for the album. After being chosen as the next single from fans on Twitter, Cole sent the song to US radio on February 1, 2011.[7] She also performed the song on Conan on January 19, 2011.[8] The song peaked on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #27.[9] The music video premiered on April 18, 2011 on 106 and Park.[10]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 128,000 copies.[11] It also entered at number five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number fourteen on the Digital Albums chart.[12][13] In its second week, the album dropped to number ten on the Billboard 200 selling 36,600 copies.[14]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[15]
The New York Times (mixed)[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
USA Today 3/4 stars[18]

Calling All Hearts received mixed to positive reviews from most music critics.[19] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[19] Allmusic writer Andy Kellman gave it a gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and commented that the album "drags in spots, due in part to an absence of a "Let It Go"-type track to break up all the introspection and pain", but it is the kind of album "for those who want to hear a moody, emotional outpouring".[15] Jon Pareles of The New York Times viewed that the album had a standard mix of featured artists and producers, but "after an initial bit of competitive posturing... the songs slip into the background".[16] Rolling Stone's Jonah Weiner gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and wrote that "Cole is at her best when she's slugging".[17] Steve Jones of USA Today gave the album three out of four stars and commented that "Her passionate vocals still pack a wallop, even though they are no longer fueled by angst".[18]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[20]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Ain't Thru" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Keyshia Cole, R. Gonzalez,
Onika Maraj
The ARE, Ron Fair 3:59
2. "Long Way Down"   Cole, E. Ortiz, K. Crowe, S. Jordan J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 3:59
3. "Tired of Doing Me" (featuring Tank) Cole, M. Nathaniel Qahhaar, F. Taylor, D. Babbs, J. Franklin, R. Newt, J. Valentine, K. Stephens Mave (N8 Tha Maven), Toxic, Ron Fair, Song Dynasty 3:30
4. "If I Fall in Love Again" (featuring Faith Evans) Cole, W. Dillon, M. Myers, O. Harvey, C. Wallace, B. Bacharach, H. David Big WY, Tweek Beats 3:29
5. "So Impossible"   Cole, J. Harris III, T. Lewis, C. Carter Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:35
6. "Sometimes"   Cole, J. Graham, D. Hendrickson, R. Harrigan Justin "Justa Beast" Graham, DeShawn "Big D" Hendrickson, Renan Harrigan 3:47
7. "Take Me Away"   Cole, Teray Jones, I. Gotti Chink Santana, Irv Gotti 3:47
8. "What You Do to Me"   Cole, Santana Chink Santana 4:19
9. "Last Hangover" (featuring Timbaland) Cole, T. Mosely, J. Harmon, C. Nelson, T. Clayton, J. Beanz Timbaland 4:18
10. "Thank You" (featuring Dr. Yvonne Cole) Cole, E. Clement, K. Clement Eddie Hustle, KC Hustle 3:28
11. "Better Me"   Diane Warren Song Dynasty, Ron Fair 3:56
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Calling All Hearts adapted from Allmusic.[23]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 9
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[12] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s)
United Kingdom December 21, 2010 CD, digital download Polydor Records Standard, deluxe
United States Geffen Records, Interscope Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calling All Hearts in stores now!
  2. ^ Calling All Hearts album premiere on Myspace!
  3. ^ Keyshia Cole on BET Monday December 20th!
  4. ^ New Music: Keyshia Cole f/ Nicki Minaj
  5. ^ Chart History: Calling All Hearts. Billboard. Retrieved on 2011-02-03.
  6. ^ "Keyshia Cole Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Keyshia Cole – Take Me Away Lyrics and Video". Musicloversgroup.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Conan Show Schedule: Upcoming Guests On "Conan" @". Teamcoco.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Keyshia Cole Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  10. ^ "News : Don't miss the premiere of "Take Me Away" on 106 & Park Monday!". Keyshia Cole. 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  11. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (December 29, 2010). "Taylor Swift Gets Christmas Boost on Billboard 200, Foxx Earns Highest Debut". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Week of January 08, 2011. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  13. ^ Digital Albums – Week of January 08, 2011. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  14. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus. Eminem Gets A Swift Kick To No. 2, Nicki Minaj Reclaims Top 5, Drake & Kid Cudi Rage Back Onto The Chart. SOHH. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
  15. ^ a b Kellman, Andy (December 21, 2010). Review: Calling All Hearts. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-12-21.
  16. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (December 20, 2010). Review: Calling All Hearts. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-12-21.
  17. ^ a b Weiner, Jonah. Review: Calling All Hearts. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-12-21.
  18. ^ a b Jones, Steve (December 21, 2010). Review: Calling All Hearts. USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-12-22.
  19. ^ a b Calling All Hearts (2010): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2011-01-21
  20. ^ "Calling All Hearts: Keyshia Cole: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  21. ^ "Calling All Hearts [Deluxe Edition]: Keyshia Cole: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  22. ^ "CD Reviews | Spark missing on latest from Keyshia Cole | The Columbus Dispatch". Dispatch.com. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  23. ^ Credits: Calling All Hearts. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-12-12.