Make Sure They See My Face

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Make Sure They See My Face
Studio album by Kenna
Released October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16)
Recorded Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Los Angeles, Studio City, New York, London
Genre Alternative rock, Alternative dance
Label Interscope B0008809-02
Star Trak
Producer The Neptunes, Kenna
Kenna chronology
New Sacred Cow
(2003)
Make Sure They See My Face
(2007)
Land 2 Air Chronicles I: Chaos and the Darkness
(2011)
Singles from Make Sure They See My Face
  1. "Out of Control (State of Emotion)"
    Released: December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)
  2. "Say Goodbye to Love"
    Released: March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07)

Make Sure They See My Face is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Kenna. It was released on October 16, 2007 via Interscope and Star Trak labels. The record includes two singles.

Recording[edit]

Recording for the album took place at: Virginia Beach (Hovercraft Studios, Mixstar Studio), Norfolk (Lopside Studios), Los Angeles (The Record Plant), Studio City (Ringside Studios), New York (Allido Studios), London (Whitfield Street Studios)

Background[edit]

The inspiration for the album came from Kenna's attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the title, inspired from a phone calls by Neptunes Pharrell asking Kenna; "are you going make sure they see your face?". Kenna's Kilimanjaro climb took him to 18,200 feet before he fell ill from taking a sulfur-based altitude medicine, one he was unaware he was allergic to.[1]

Upon the album's British release in May 2008, Kenna told noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: "I actually went in to make an album that unifies all walks. As a person I've always been between worlds. I've always had to be someone who adapts, someone who's a chameleon of sorts. So vocally, musically spiritually, and in my life I've constantly tended to approach things with the idea of just bringing things together and not limiting myself whatsoever. So musically that's what this record is to me - a fusion of all worlds and a unifier."[2]

Singles[edit]

"Out of Control (State of Emotion)" was released as the lead single of the album on December 19, 2006.[3] "Say Goodbye to Love" was released on March 7, 2008.[4][5][6]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[7] 4/5 stars
Pitchfork Media[8] (6.4/10)
Rolling Stone[9] 3/5 stars
Slant Magazine[10] 3.5/5 stars


Accolades[edit]

The first single "Say Goodbye to Love" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative R&B Performance Category.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by The Neptunes and Kenna.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Daylight"   Kenna, Chad Hugo 4:26
2. "Out of Control (State of Emotion)"   Kenna, Hugo 4:02
3. "Loose Wires / Blink Radio"   Kenna, Pharrell Williams 4:40
4. "Say Goodbye to Love"   Kenna, Williams 3:12
5. "Sun Red Sky Blue"   Kenna, Hugo 4:05
6. "Baptized in Blacklight"   Kenna, Hugo 4:08
7. "Static"   Kenna 4:50
8. "Phantom Always"   Kenna, Hugo 4:38
9. "Face the Gun / Good Luck"   Kenna, Hugo 5:34
10. "Better Wise Up"   Kenna, Hugo 3:58
11. "Be Still"   Kenna 4:05
12. "Wide Awake"   Kenna, Hugo 4:17

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Canada[13] October 16, 2007 Universal Music Group
United States[14] Interscope Records
United Kingdom[15] May 12, 2008 Polydor Group

Credits[edit]

Art Direction, Design – Kenna, Morningbreath
Engineer – Danny Betancourt
Engineer [Additional] – Ali, Andrew Coleman (3), Anthony Kilhoffer, John Hanes, Richard Reitz, Scott Thomas, Scott Wilson, Tim Roberts
Guitar [Additional Guitar] – Chester Kamen (tracks: 1 8 9 11)
Mastered By – Chris Gehringer
Mixed By – Serban Ghenea
Photography By – Michael Muller (2)
Producer, Executive-Producer – The Neptunes
Producer, Executive-Producer, Written-By – Kenna
Written-By – Chad Hugo (tracks: 1 2 5 6 8 9 10 12), Pharrell Williams (tracks: 3 4)[16]

References[edit]