I Missed Us

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I Missed Us
Studio album by SWV
Released April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
Recorded 2005–2012
Audio Vision Studios
Miami, Florida
The Hampton Studio
Wyatt Studio
New Jersey
Southside Studios
The Black Room
Atlanta, Georgia
Freedom Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Genre R&B, soul
Length 48:58
Label Mass Appeal / E1 Music
Producer Cainon Lamb, Bryan-Michael Cox, Carvin & Ivan, Michael "Big Mike" Clemons
SWV chronology
A Special Christmas
(1997)
I Missed Us
(2012)
Singles from I Missed Us
  1. "Co-Sign"
    Released: December 15, 2011
  2. "Love Unconditionally"
    Released: May 8, 2012 (radio)
  3. "All About You"
    Released: February 25, 2014

I Missed Us is the fourth studio album by American R&B group SWV released on April 17, 2012. This marks the group's first studio album since their disbandment in 1997. The album's lead single "Co-Sign" was released to radio stations December 15, 2011. The second single "Love Unconditionally" was released on May 8, 2012. The album's third single, "All About You" wasn't released until February 25, 2014,[1][2] after their reality show SWV Reunited aired.

Background[edit]

I Missed Us is SWV's first album release in over a decade, following 1997's A Special Christmas and their disbandment the following year "amid plenty of dissension, to pursue individual projects and focus on their families". Michael J. Feeney of NY Daily News wrote the "road to recording “I Missed Us” wasn’t easy". Whilst discussing the break-up, group member Leanne Lyons said; “there were times we weren’t speaking” because "we allowed people to tear us apart". In addition to this, she explained; "we tried to do our own thing individually, then we realized we’re much stronger together" and that they "had to go through a transition of maturity".[3]

After a failed reunion for a comeback album, the group reunited for a few performances, notably the 2008 BET Awards before commencing work on the album in 2011. Clemons said "it felt really good to be recording with my sisters again" and that "the title of the album, ‘I Missed Us’ says it all. We missed the fans, but we also really missed each other”. Lyons said, "we wanted to bring love back. We wanted to take people through the process of love,”. She described the album as having a “youthful feel, but very damn grown.”[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[6]
New York Times (Positive)[7]
Spin 8/10 stars[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

I Missed Us debuted at number twenty-five on the US Billboard 200[10] and number six on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with first week sales of 14,000 units. As of 2013 it has sold 61,000 [11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Co-Sign" (Cainon Lamb, Taurian Osborn) 3:43
2. "All About You" (Cainon Lamb, Tami L. August, Taurian Osborn) 3:41
3. "Show Off (featuring A.X.)" (Cainon Lamb, Taurian Osborn, Raymond Gorden, Alexander Gardner) 3:45
4. "Everything I Love" (Cainon Lamb, Raymond Gorden) 3:33
5. "Do Ya (featuring Brianna Perry)" (Cainon Lamb, Shonie Sharell Osumanu, Brianna Perry) 3:30
6. "The Best Years" (Cainon Lamb, Anthony Randolph, Atozzio Towns) 4:56
7. "I Missed Us" (Cainon Lamb, Taurian Osborn) 3:34
8. "Better Than I" (Cainon Lamb, Taurian Osborn, Anthony Randolph, Zorenzo Smith, Nehemie Celestin) 3:36
9. "Keep You Home" (Cainon Lamb, Raymond Gorden) 3:36
10. "Time To Go" (Bryan-Michael Cox, Kevin Ross) 2:44
11. "Use Me" (Bryan-Michael Cox, Kevin Ross) 3:07
12. "Love Unconditionally" (Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Jean Baylor, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Leonard Stephens) 3:58
13. "If Only You Knew" (Cynthia Biggs, Kenneth Gamble, Dexter Wansel) 5:10
Total length:
48:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums and programming: Cainon Lamb, Bryan-Michael Cox, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Michael "Big Mike" Clemons
  • Keyboards: Cainon Lamb, Bryan-Michael Cox, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Raymond Gorden, Taurian "TJ" Osborn, Arthur "Buddy" Strong, Leonard Stephens, Anthony Randolph
  • Bass: Tadarius McCombs, Taurian "TJ" Osborn, Nathan Clemons
  • Guitar: Anthony Randolph, Kendall Gilder
  • Background vocals: SWV, Kevin Ross, Jean Baylor, Allen Irvin
  • Recording engineer: Andrew Thielk, Miguel Castro, Richard Reale, Sam Thomas, Bryan-Michael Cox, Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, Loren Barton
  • Mixing: James Zaner, Marcus "DL" Siskind, Jason Goldstein, Ken Lewis, Sam Thomas, Bryan-Michael Cox, Loren Barton
  • Mastering: Tony Dawsey
  • Photography: Derek Blanks
  • Art direction & design: Sean Marlowe

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 25
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[10] 6
US Independent Albums[10] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] All About You - Single - SWV. Released: 25 Feb, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-29
  2. ^ [2] All About You: SWV: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads. Original release date: 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-06-29
  3. ^ a b J. Feeney, Michael (April 16, 2012). "The ’90s trio SWV aims to bring back the love and R&B with new album ‘I Missed Us’". NY Daily News. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Edward Nero, Mark. "SWV - I Missed Us". About.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "I Missed Us - SWV: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (Apr 13, 2012). "Albums: April 13, 2012". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Caramnica, Jon (April 16, 2012). "Future, SWV and Kat Edmonson Release New Albums". New York Times. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (April 18, 2012). "SWV, 'I Missed Us' (eOne)". Spin. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Jones, Steve (April 17, 2012). "Listen Up: Eric Hutchinson, SWV, Neon Trees, Jason Mraz". USA Today. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d "I Missed Us - SWV". Billboard.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 27, 2012). "Chart Juice: Future Is Here, SWV Returns". Billboard.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012.