21 (Omarion album)

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21
21 Omarion.jpg
Studio album by Omarion
Released December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26)
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre
Length 45:15
Label
Producer
Omarion chronology
O
(2005)
21
(2006)
Face Off
(2007)
Singles from 21
  1. "Entourage"
    Released: July 3, 2006
  2. "Ice Box"
    Released: October 31, 2006

21 is the second studio album by American R&B singer Omarion. It was released on December 26, 2006, by Epic Records and Sony Urban Music. The album was produced by Timbaland, The Neptunes, Eric Hudson and Bryan-Michael Cox and saw Omarion co-write every song on the album.[1] The album's title was inspired from when Omarion turned 21 years old months before the album's release.

21 received mildly positive reviews from critics, who saw it as an improvement over his debut album O (2005). The album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 119,000 copies in its first week of sales, making it his second album to debut at number 1, although selling 60,000 less than his debut album. It has sold over 390,000 copies in the United States up to November 2008.[2] The album spawned two singles: "Entourage" and "Ice Box".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
DJBooth 3.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
Stylus Magazine B+[7]

21 received mildly positive reviews from music critics. Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave it an "Album Pick" title, praising the production throughout and Omarion for putting more input as a songwriter and performer, saying that he "truly surpassed his status as the former member of a boy band."[4] DJ Z of DJBooth commented on the lyricism feeling mature and the production showing more sophistication, saying that "Omarion’s second album is a welcome addition to his musical catalog and should appeal to both his fan base and a more adult crowd."[5] Thomas Inskeep of Stylus Magazine also praised the album for its production and having a good ratio of solid-to-great songs. Putting it alongside Ciara's The Evolution for "best straight-up R&B album" he said that "the pair leave plenty of encouragement about the future of the genre."[7]

Damien Scott of Vibe gave a mixed review, saying that Omarion lacked range in his performance and that he's "never fully in charge."[8] Mark Edward Nero of About.com was also mixed towards the album, praising the first two singles but found the other tracks above-average at best, in terms of production and vocal quality that "range from average ("Obsession," Made For TV,") to fair ("Midnight," "Beg For It")." He concluded with: "Although O's taken a step forward in establishing himself as an adult solo artist, he still hasn't completely arrived yet. But at only 21 years of age, he's still got plenty of room to grow."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Entourage" Omari Grandberry, Eric Hudson, Pastor Andrew Merrit Hudson 4:58
2. "Ice Box" Grandberry, Keri Hilson, Justin "J" Wright, Johnkenum Spivery, Ezekiel Lewis, Timothy Mosley, Antonio Dixon, King Logan, Patrick Smith Spivery, Logan, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley 5:15
3. "Electric" Granberry, Hudson, Merritt Hudson 3:25
4. "Made for TV" Bryan-Michael Cox, Adonis Shropshire Cox, Kendrick "WYLDCARD" Dean (co.) 4:46
5. "Just Can't Let You Go" Cox, Shropshire Cox, WYLDCARD (co.) 3:03
6. "Obsession" Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:13
7. "Midnight" Eric Dawkins, Dixon, Grandberry, Harvey Mason, Jr., Steve Russell, Damon Thomas Dawkins, The Underdogs 3:58
8. "Just That Sexy" Dawkins, Dixon, Grandberry, Mason, Jr., Russell, Thomas Dawkins, The Underdogs 3:48
9. "Beg for It" Sean Garrett, Mosley Spivery, Logan, Timbaland 2:56
10. "Do It" Dawkins, Dixon, Grandberry, Mason, Jr., Russell, Thomas Dawkins, The Underdogs 3:54
11. "Been With a Star" Grandberry, Hudson, Merritt Hudson 3:18
12. "What Are We Doing?" Grandberry, Rufus Moore Rufus Blaq 3:53

 • (co.) Co-producer.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the 21 liner notes.[9]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (June 20, 2006). "Boy To Man: Omarion Grows Up On The 'Personal' 21". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved September 23, 2006. 
  2. ^ Grein, Paul (November 21, 2008). "Chart Watch Extra: What A Turkey! The 25 Worst-Selling #1 Albums". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Nero, Mark Edward. "Review: Omarion - "21"". About.com. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "21 - Omarion". AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b DJ Z (December 21, 2006). "Omarion - 21". DJBooth. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (January 22, 2007). "21 (2006) Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Inskeep, Thomas (April 13, 2007). "Omarion - 21 - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Scott, Damien (Nov 2006). "Omarion '21'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 14 (11): 164. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ 21 (booklet). Omarion. Epic. Sony Urban Music. 2006. 
  10. ^ "Omarion – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Omarion.
  11. ^ "Omarion – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Omarion.
  12. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2007". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2007". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.