Emotional (Carl Thomas album)

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Studio album by Carl Thomas
Released April 18, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre R&B, Urban, Quiet Storm
Length 60:00
Label Bad Boy/Arista
Producer Sean Combs (Exec.), Mario Winans, Mike City, Gordon Chambers & Karl Gordon, Carl Thomas, Harve Pierre (Exec.), Anthony Dent, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Mark Batson, Chucky Thompson, Damien DeSandies, Rashad Smith, Heavy D., Deric "D. Dot" Angelettie, Datu Faison (Exec.) , Rick Brown (Exec.)
Carl Thomas chronology
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Emotional is the debut album by R&B singer Carl Thomas, released on April 18, 2000 from Bad Boy/Arista Records. He was nominated Best R&B/Soul Album, Male & Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist at the 2001 Soul Train Music Awards. "I Wish" was also nominated for Best R&B/Soul Single.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 starslink
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.117) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".

Rolling Stone (6/22/00, p.134) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...An unabashedly romantic work, spun on the twin poles of longing and loss....laying bare a notable ambition within the ballad genre....Thomas proves himself a more than viable heir to the tradition of race-music crooners."

Vibe (6/00, p.220) - "...An exquisite, lush soundtrack that the lovelorn of the world can call their own....Thomas endears us with his vulnerability, standing emotionally naked and unpretentious at a time when R&B has lost nearly all of its romance and subtlety..."

The Source (6/00, p.228) - "...Carl Thomas will take you there....With a strong consideration for classic soul singing...Thomas brilliantly interprets each track....[His] dynamic delivery betrays every corner of his heart....The perfect soundtrack for an intensely romantic evening..."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" (:49)
  2. "Emotional" (C. Thomas, K. Hickson, M. Winans, Sting) (4:31)
  3. "I Wish" (M. Flowers, C. Thomas) (3:48)
  4. "Anything" (Interlude) (1:37)
  5. "My Valentine" (G. Chambers, K. Gordon) (4:11)
  6. "Giving You All My Love" (C. Thomas, K. Price, M. Winans, I. Hayes) (3:31)
  7. "Cadillac Rap" (Interlude) (M. Henderson) (:54)
  8. "Woke Up in the Morning" (C. Thomas, H. Pierre, S. Combs, M. Winans, C. Wallace, N. Myrick, C. Broady, D. McDaniels) (4:12)
  9. "Come to Me" (C. Thomas, A. Dent, J. Walker, A. Green, A. Jackson, W. Mitchell) (4:24)
  10. "Cold, Cold World" (C. Thomas, R. Lawrence, M. Batson) (4:20)
  11. "Trouble Won't Last" (Interlude) (2:04)
  12. "You Ain't Right" (C. Thomas, M. Flowers) (3:16)
  13. "Lady Lay Your Body" (C. Thomas, D. DeSandies) (5:08)
  14. "Supastar" (C. Thomas, R. Smith, J. Schwartz, B. Kierulf) (3:51)
  15. "Summer Rain" (D. Rogers, D. Myers, S. Wonder) (3:52)
  16. "Hey Now" (C. Thomas, D. Myers) (5:21)
  17. "Special Lady" (C. Thomas, D. Angelettie, G. Smith) (4:33)

Samples and interpolations[edit]

  • "Emotional" contains a sample of "Shape Of My Heart" by Sting
  • "Giving You All My Love" contains a sample of "Wherever You Are" by Isaac Hayes
  • "Cadillac Rap (Interlude)" contains a sample of "Be My Girl" by The Dramatics
  • "Woke Up In The Morning" contains a sample from "My Downfall" by The Notorious B.I.G
  • "Come to Me" contains a sample from "Let's Stay Together" By Roberta Flack
  • "Summer Rain" contains an interpolation of "Summer Soft" by Stevie Wonder


Ben H. Allen, Engineer
Mark Batson, Producer
Tom Cassel, Recording
Gordon Chambers, Producer
Roger Che, Recorder
Mike City, Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Executive Producer, Producer
Dave Dar, Assistant Engineer
Stephen Dent, Engineer
John Eaton, Engineer
Rasheed Goodlowe, Assistant Engineer
Terri Haskins, Wardrobe Design
Heavy D, Producer
Ken Huffnagle, Assistant Engineer
Herb Powers, Mastering
Jeff Lane, Engineer
Paul Logus, Mixing
Kim Lumpkin, Project Manager
Dominick Mancuso, Assistant Engineer
Tony Maserati, Mixing
Lynn Montrose, Assistant Engineer
Nigel Parry, Photography
Rob Paustain, Mixing
Joe "Smilin' Joe" Perrera, Engineer
Harve Pierre, A&R, Associate Executive Producer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Kelly Price, Vocals (Background)
Ed Raso, Engineer
Carl Thomas, Producer
Chucky Thompson, Programming
J. Willbanks, Assistant Engineer
Mario Winans- Producer, Vocals
Malik Yusef, Spoken Word
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander- Engineer, Mixing
Datu Faison, Associate Executive Producer
Rick Brown, Associate Executive Producer

Recording studios[edit]

CRC Studios, Chicago, IL;
D.A.R.P. Studios, Atlanta, GA;
Daddy's House Recording Studio, New York, NY;
Enterprise Studios, Los Angeles, CA;
Purple Dragon Studios, Atlanta, GA;
Sony Studios, New York, NY;
Sound On Sound Studios New York City, NY;
The Hit Factory, New York, NY.