The Way It Is (Keyshia Cole album)

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The Way It Is
Studio album by Keyshia Cole
Released June 21, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre
Length 48:51
Label A&M
Producer
Keyshia Cole chronology
Team Invasion Presents: Keyshia Cole
(2005)
The Way It Is
(2005)
Just Like You
(2007)
Singles from The Way It Is
  1. "I Changed My Mind"
    Released: November 9, 2004
  2. "(I Just Want It) To Be Over"
    Released: April 5, 2005
  3. "I Should Have Cheated"
    Released: August 3, 2005
  4. "Love"
    Released: January 6, 2006

The Way It Is is the debut album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole, released on June 21, 2005. It peaked at #6 on the US Billboard 200 and features five singles: "Never", "I Changed My Mind", "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love". The album sold 89,000 units in its first week.[1] It was finally certified gold within 17 weeks, and then platinum just eight weeks later. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, eventually selling over 1.6 million copies and it is Cole's second highest-selling album to date.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) 2005
Entertainment Weekly (B)[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars 2005
New York Times (favorable) 2005
Rhapsody (favorable) 2005
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars 2005
Stylus (B) 2005
Vibe 4/5 stars 2005
Village Voice (favorable) 2005

Upon its release, The Way It is garnered generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rated mean out of 100 from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 77.[2] Andy Kellman of Allmusic rated the album four out of five stars. He felt that "from the opener, the album seems to be set up like a linear narrative about a crumbling relationship, but it doesn't quite play out that way, with the scenes shuffled out of order. None of it's all that profound, but Cole sells it all extremely well. [Her] voice is sweet and ringing, like a wiser version of Lil' Mo who has had to weather a tremendous amount of drama. She could be around for a while."[3] Janet Tzou, writing for Entertainment Weekly found that "Cole certainly nails all the basics on The Way It Is: big-name guest talent and husky ballads lamenting those tricky matters of the heart. But Cole's street-savvy Oakland, California upbringing gives her vocals depth and her songs a genuine, lived-in feel."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "(I Just Want It) To Be Over"  
  • Cole
  • Brothers
  • Taneisha Greenidge
  • Lady L
4:03
2. "I Changed My Mind"  
3:19
3. "Love, I Thought You Had My Back"  
  • Cole
  • Randolph Murph
  • Ralph Eskridge
  • Clarence Johnson Jr
  • Frederick Taylor
  • Fair
  • Toxic
4:10
4. "I Should Have Cheated"  
  • Jones
  • Fair
5:31
5. "Guess What?" (featuring Jadakiss)
3:45
6. "Love"  
  • Cole
  • Gregory G. Curtis
4:15
7. "You've Changed"  
  • Cole
  • Fair
  • Leonard Huggins
  • Rich Shelton
  • Shelton
  • Kevin Veney
  • Loren Hill
  • Fair
4:17
8. "We Could Be"  
  • Cole
  • Errol McCalla Jr.
  • E-Poppi
  • Fair
3:11
9. "Situations" (featuring Chink Santana)
  • Santana
  • Fair[a]
4:46
10. "Down and Dirty"  
  • Cole
  • Curtis
  • Elliott
Curtis 3:52
11. "Superstar" (featuring Metro City)
  • Cole
  • G. Cole
3:48
12. "Never" (featuring Eve)
  • E-Poppi
  • Fair
4:03
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
Sampling credits

Personnel[edit]

  • Charlie Bisharatviolin
  • Jacqueline Brand – violin
  • Roberto Cani – violin
  • Nico Carmine Abondolo – bass
  • Mario de Leon – violin
  • Brian Dembow – viola
  • Joel Derouin – violin
  • Bruce Dukov – violin
  • Stephen Erdody – cello
  • Steve Erody – cello
  • Marlo Fisher – viola
  • Matt Funes – viola
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Julie Gigante – violin
  • Endre Granat – violin
  • Alan Grunfield – violin
  • Clayton Haslop – violin
  • Dan Higgins – flute, horn
  • Josephina Vergara – violin
  • David F. Walther – viola
  • Jerry Hey – horn
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Songa Lee – violin
  • Natalie Leggett – violin
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Phillipe Levy – violin
  • David Low – cello
  • Rene Mandel – violin
  • Darrin McCann – viola
  • Vicki Miskolczy – viola
  • Robin Olson – violin
  • Simon Oswell – viola
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Sara Parkins – violin
  • Joel Peskin – horn
  • Katia Popov – violin
  • Steve Rodriguez – bass guitar
  • Anatoly Rosinsky – violin
  • Sarah Thornblade – violin
  • Kenneth Yerks – violin
  • Raj Ertui – clarinet
  • Miri Ben-AriIsrael violin

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan June 21, 2005
United States June 26, 2005
Canada
United Kingdom July 3, 2005
Spain March 6, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitmir, Margo (2005-06-29). "Coldplay Logs A Third Week A No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-05-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "The Way It Is Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Way It Is". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Review. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b Tzou, Janet (2012-10-03). "Music Review — The Way It Is (2005)". Entertainment Weekly / CNN. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Joe Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Joe. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Joe Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Joe. Retrieved December 19, 2014.

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