Soulife

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Soulife
Compilation album by Anthony Hamilton
Released June 20, 2005 (2005-06-20)
(see release history)
Recorded 1999–2001 at
Chung King Studios
(New York City, New York)
Larrabee North Studios
(North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Mama Jo's Studio
(North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Ocean Studios
(Burbank, California)
Reflection Sound Studios
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
Westlake Recording Studios
(West Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 57:14
Label Atlantic, Rhino
Producer Anthony Hamilton, Mark Sparks, Doug Mayhem, B.C. 3 Ent., Mike City
Anthony Hamilton chronology
Comin' from Where I'm From
(2003)
Soulife
(2005)
Ain't Nobody Worryin'
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard favorable[2]
Blogcritics A[3]
Okayplayer 83/100[4]
San Diego Union-Tribune 3.5/4 stars[5]

Soulife is the first compilation album by American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton, released June 28, 2005 on Rhino Records in the United States. His third album overall, the album is a collection of previously unreleased songs recorded by Hamilton. The Macy Gray-featured track "Love and War" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2001 film Baby Boy.

After leaving MCA Records, which released his debut album XTC in 1996, Hamilton found a home at Soulife Records, a small Los Angeles-based indie label, where he recorded tracks between 1999 and 2001 for what was supposed to be his second studio album. Soulife went bankrupt before it could release the material, leaving the album unreleased.[6][7]

Soulife earned Hamilton his highest-debuting and highest-peaking album to date. The album debuted and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and number 4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart during the week of July 16, 2005, while selling 53,000 copies in its first week.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Used to Love Someone" (Anthony Hamilton, Doug Coleman) – 5:51
  2. "I Cry" (Hamilton, Mark Sparks, Chris Deberry) – 4:25
  3. "Clearly" (Hamilton, Sparks) – 4:05
  4. "Georgie Parker" (Hamilton, Sparks, Deberry, Ron Feemster) – 3:55
  5. "Day Dreamin'" (Hamilton, Sparks) – 4:21
  6. "Ball and Chain" (Hamilton) – 3:39
  7. "Ol' Keeper" (Hamilton, Sparks) – 4:40
  8. "Love and War" (featuring Macy Gray) (Hamilton, Sparks, Feemster, Erick T. Coomes, Erick Walls) – 5:22
  9. "Last Night" (featuring Sunshine Anderson and Dolo Pichino) (Hamilton, Mike City, Richard Elliot, Sunshine Anderson) – 4:11
  10. "Love Is So Complicated" (Hamilton, Coleman) – 5:03
  11. "Icing on the Cake" (Hamilton, Coleman, Derrick Kirkland) – 4:49
  12. "Exclusively" (Hamilton, Sparks, Feemster, Coomes, Jimane Nelson) – 6:39

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2005)[9] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 12
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 12
U.S. Billboard Billboard Comprehensive Albums[10] 12

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Germany[11] June 20, 2005 Warner
United Kingdom[12] June 27, 2005 Rhino
United States[9] June 28, 2005 Atlantic/Rhino
Canada[13]
Australia[14] July 26, 2005 Warner
Netherlands[15] August 12, 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Review: Soulife. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-15.
  2. ^ Jones, Ivory M. "Review: Soulife". Billboard: 69. July 9, 2005.
  3. ^ Cue, Laron. Review: Soulife. Blogcritics. Retrieved on 2009-11-15.
  4. ^ Columnist. Review: Soulife. Okayplayer. Retrieved on 2009-11-15.
  5. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. "Review: Soulife". The San Diego Union-Tribune: July 21, 2005.
  6. ^ "Soulife > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (May 27, 2005). "Rhino Revives Hamilton's 'Soulife'". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  8. ^ Whitmire, Margo (July 6, 2005). "Strait's 'Somewhere' Heads Right To No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Soulife > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Comprehensive Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Soulife: Anthony Hamilton: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de (in German). Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  12. ^ "hmv.com: music: Soulife (2005)". HMV. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Soulife: Anthony Hamilton: Amazon.ca: Music". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  14. ^ "Hamilton, Anthony / Soulife – Sanity.com.au". Sanity. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Free Record Shop – Soulife – Anthony Hamilton". Free Record Shop. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 

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