Finally (Blackstreet album)

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Finally
Studio album by Blackstreet
Released March 23, 1999 (United States)
Recorded 1998
Future Recording Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Genre R&B, Soul, Hip hop
Length 56:46
Label Interscope
Producer Teddy Riley, Warryn Campbell, Eric Williams
Blackstreet chronology
Another Level
(1996)
Finally
(1999)
Level II
(2003)
Singles from Finally
  1. "Take Me There"
    Released: February 2, 1999
  2. "Girlfriend/Boyfriend"
    Released: May 25, 1999
  3. "Think About You"
    Released: July 31, 1999
  4. "In a Rush"
    Released: January 22, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Baltimore Sun 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Hartford Courant (favorable)[4]
NME (6/10)[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
Spin (8/10)[6]
Vibe (favorable)[6]

Finally is the third album from R&B group, Blackstreet. It was their last album on Interscope Records. This album featured new member, Terrell Phillips after the departure of Mark Middleton. After the success of their multi-platinum last album Another Level, their label allowed them more of a bigger budget for the next album. Finally was recorded at Teddy Riley's studio Future Recording Studios based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Originally given the working title Get Higher, the album was scheduled for a Fall 1998 release until it was pushed back to March 1999.

The album boasted high profile guests, such as Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Hezekiah Walker. The album also featured several songs with string arrangements from legendary conductor Jeremy Lubbock.[8] The music video for the single "Girlfriend/Boyfriend" was directed by Joseph Kahn. Complete with computer amination and 3D graphics, the video was considered to be one of the most expensive at the time.[9] Finally was critically acclaimed but a commercial disappointment, moving units at only a fraction of what their previous album sold. Shortly after the release of the single "Think About You", Riley left Blackstreet to reform his previous group Guy and Blackstreet were subsequently dropped by Interscope Records.[10]

Despite the album's failure, a couple of songs have been covered by other artists. British singer Sonique covered the song "Drama" on her album Hear My Cry as a duet with R&B singer Calvin Richardson. Korean pop group SS501 later covered the song "In A Rush" live in one of their concert performances.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s), *Co-producer Length
1. "Blackstreet Intro/Can You Feel Me"   Teddy Riley, Kaseem Coleman* 4:22
2. "Girlfriend/Boyfriend" (featuring Janet Jackson, Eve and Ja Rule) Teddy Riley 4:03
3. "Yo Love" (featuring Sauce Money) Teddy Riley, Walter "Mucho" Scott* 4:43
4. "I Got What You On" (featuring Beanie Sigel) Teddy Riley, Davel McKenzie* 4:12
5. "Drama/Misery Interlude"   Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Wesley Hoggs*, Darryl "Dezo" Adams* 7:39
6. "I'm Sorry"   Teddy Riley 5:26
7. "Think About You"   Teddy Riley 4:36
8. "Black & White"   Teddy Riley, Jack Knight*, Screwface* 3:38
9. "In A Rush" (featuring Stevie Wonder) Teddy Riley, Warryn Campbell 4:09
10. "Hustler's Prayer"   Teddy Riley, Trevis Williams*, Jodie Wilson* 4:48
11. "Finally" (featuring Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir) Teddy Riley 4:54
12. "Take Me There (Remix)" (featuring Mýa, Mase and Blinky Blink) Teddy Riley, Gerald Baillergeau, Victor Merritt 6:46
13. "On the Floor (Enhanced CD track)" (featuring Queen Pen) Teddy Riley, Jack Knight*, Screwface* 4:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Albums Chart 11
China Albums Chart 34
German Albums Chart 34
French Albums Chart [12] 33
Netherlands Albums Chart 21
UK Albums Chart 27
U.S. Billboard 200 9
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Baltimore Sun review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Hartford Courant review
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ a b c Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ "Arranging Credits 1". Jeremy Lubbock. jeremylubbock.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  9. ^ "SoYouWanna know the ten most expensive music videos?". soyouwanna.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  10. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "Blackstreet's Chauncey "C-Black" Hannibal tells all about Teddy Riley". Vibe Magazine- August 2000. books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  11. ^ "SS501 - In A Rush ((LIVE)) Original by BlackStreet". Live Performance. youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  12. ^ "Album performance". AustrianCharts. Retrieved 2007-05-09.