Kevin Lyttle (album)

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Kevin Lyttle
Studio album by Kevin Lyttle
Released July 27, 2004
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Soca, dancehall
Label Atlantic
Producer Salaam Remi, Nicholas Brancker, Adrian Bailey, Cherry Ince, Scott Storch, Troyton Rami, Troy Taylor, Andreas S. Jensen, Da Bhann, Anastas Hackett, Jeremy Harding
Kevin Lyttle chronology
Kevin Lyttle
(2004)
Fyah
(2008)

Kevin Lyttle is the self-titled debut studio album by Vincentian singer Kevin Lyttle. The album was released in 2004 and included the hit "Turn Me On", which went to top 5 in many countries worldwide.

Album information[edit]

The album was produced by a team of various producers, including Salaam Remi and Troy Taylor. It includes Lyttle's biggest hit "Turn Me On" and the second single "Last Drop", both recorded with contribution from Jamaica dancehall artist Spragga Benz, and the cover version of "Sign Your Name" by Terence Trent D'Arby. On some U.S. releases, the song "So High" is replaced with "Dance with Me", featuring Trey Songz, who also delivers guest vocals in "Call Me".

The album entered the Billboard albums chart at number 8, selling 84,000 copies,[1] and would eventually be certified gold. As of January 2009, it has sold 375,000 copies in the US.[2] The album also charted within top 10 of Swiss albums chart and reached number 12 in Japan, but was met with only modest success elsewhere.

Singles[edit]

"Turn Me On" was released as the first single in 2003, meeting with a worldwide success at the turn of 2003 and 2004 and placing within top 10 in no less than fifteen countries, including number 1 in Denmark. "Last Drop" followed as the second single in 2004 and although did not repeat the success of "Turn Me On", it still was a top 40 hit in Australia and a number of European countries. "I Got It" was planned as next single, supported by a big promotion,[3] however, "Drive Me Crazy" was released instead in October 2004, with "I Got It" following in January 2005. None of the two latter singles charted.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]

The album was described by the Boston Globe as "a sharply melodic and consistently engaging set of songs...a buoyant mix of soca, dancehall, modern reggae, and American R&B and soul".[6] The Daily News stated "The songs on the album couldn't be more catchy, if in a too similar way".[7] Tom Horan of the Daily Telegraph described the album as a "beautifully judged album", comparing Lyttle's voice to Marvin Gaye.[8] Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times described it as "a lightweight but appealing collection of dance tracks, with precise digital beats that sound oddly similar to some European pop".[9] AllMusic writer David Jeffries gave the album a 3-star review, stating "Lyttle's breezy and dreamy voice supplies the flair, lilting lightly over a musical background that is as sparkling as it is limited".[4] Entertainment Weekly's Neil Drumming was less enthusiastic, giving the album a 'C' rating.[5] The Detroit News described the album as "low-carb Caribbean music".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Turn Me On"   3:14
2. "Last Drop" (feat. Spragga Benz) 3:20
3. "Never Wanna Make U Cry"   3:36
4. "If You Want Me (Call Me)"   3:46
5. "I Got It"   3:30
6. "Sign Your Name"   4:24
7. "Screaming Out My Name" (feat. Assassin) 3:14
8. "My Lady"   3:32
9. "Ya Kiss"   3:32
10. "So High"   3:25
11. "Dancing Like Making Love"   3:12
12. "My Love"   3:45
13. "Mama Mia" (feat. Spragga Benz) 4:23
14. "Turn Me On (Remix)" (feat. Spragga Benz, Sean Paul and Fabolous) 3:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Now 16' Dislodges Simpson From No. 1". Billboard. www.billboard.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Gary Trust (11 January 2009). "Ask News: Ask Billboard: ZZ Top, Kim Wilde, Kevin Lyttle". Idiomag. www.idiomag.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Lyttle Album Sales - Page 2". www.islandmix.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b David Jeffries. "Kevin Lyttle - Kevin Lyttle". AllMusic. www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Neil Drumming (12 July 2004). "Kevin Lyttle Review". Entertainment Weekly. www.ew.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Ken Capobianco (17 September 2004). "KEVIN LYTTLE'S CARIBBEAN VIBE IS AN ISLAND IN MAINSTREAM POP". The Boston Globe. pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Jim Farber (1 August 2004). "SOCA SCORES! Singer Kevin Lyttle brings Caribbean sizzle to the U.S.". Daily News. www.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Tom Horan (24 May 2004). "Pop CDs of the week: The Real Tuesday Weld, Kevin Lyttle and more". The Daily Telegraph. www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Kelefa Sanneh (19 July 2004). "CRITIC'S CHOICE/New CD's; Computer-Generated Falsetto And Perhaps Soca's Big Break". The New York Times. www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Kevin Lyttle, "Kevin Lyttle" (Atlantic)". The Detroit News. 30 July 2004. 
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  12. ^ "Discografie Kevin Lyttle". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Discographie Kevin Lyttle". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
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  15. ^ "ケヴィン・リトルのCDアルバムランキング │オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". www.oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Discography Kevin Lyttle". portuguesecharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Discography Kevin Lyttle". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Kevin Lyttle - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kevin Lyttle - Chart history (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Kevin Lyttle - Chart history (Reggae Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". riaa.com. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 

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