Clothes Drop

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Clothes Drop
Clothes Drop.jpg
Studio album by Shaggy
Released September 2, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Reggae, dancehall
Length 61:29
Label Geffen
Shaggy chronology
Lucky Day
(2002)
Clothes Drop
(2005)
Intoxication
(2007)
Singles from Clothes Drop
  1. "Wild 2Nite"
    Released: September 5, 2005
  2. "Ultimatum"
    Released: 2005

Clothes Drop is the seventh studio album released by Jamaican singer Shaggy. The album was released on September 2, 2005. When the album was released promotionally in 2004, it was debated that the album would not be commercially released. However, over a year later, the album was officially released.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
Blender 1/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Vibe 4/5 stars[8]

Clothes Drop garnered positive reviews from music critics who praised the diverse avenues of dancehall and pop music the tracks go through. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, based on 7 reviews.[1]

Rob Kenner of Vibe gave praise to Shaggy's dynamic vocal delivery and his taste for old-school dancehall in romantic dance tracks and depth-filled social tunes, saying that "Clothesdrop seamlessly blends Shaggy's sharpest pop sensibilities with his (much slept-on) roughneck pedigree."[8] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone found the album had an amalgam of tracks ranging from hip-hop-styled and club-oriented to mind-numbingly generic and a bit preachy, saying that "[T]he entire album has a mixed-bag feel, but "Would You Be" shows that his gift for winsome melody and R&B clarity is mostly intact."[7] Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian said that "Clothes Drop is a typically canny and diverse selection: bona fide dancehall cuts interspersed with hooky pop."[6] Entertainment Weekly's David Browne said that despite tracks like "Repent" that better display his talents, he found Shaggy trying to regain his hit-making glory days with middling results, concluding that "Maybe he should lose the monotonous, low-rent beats and banal-hook girls (and boys)."[5] Jon Caramanica of Blender heavily criticized Shaggy for attempting to showcase his dancehall credentials with a grating voice and without a featured artist to work lyrics off like Rikrok, saying that "Instead, there’s a Black Eyed Pea (“Shut Up and Dance”), a Pussycat Doll (“Supa Hypnotic”) and the palpable sweat of a man trying to figure out what he’s good at, a decade too late."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Clothes Drop" (Burrell, Ducent, Dunbar, Lyn, Robbie Shakespeare) – 4:04
  2. "Ready fi di Ride" (Burrell, Ducent, Gregory, Kelly) – 3:34
  3. "Broadway" (Burrell, Ducent, Hawthorne, Levy, Shippy) – 2:35
  4. "Wild 2nite" (Burrell, Colon, Longot) (featuring Olivia) – 3:29
  5. "Back in the Days" (Burrell, Ducent, Fletcher) (featuring Rayvon) – 4:00
  6. "Supa Hypnotic" (Burrell, Cantrall, Karlin, Robbins, Schack) (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) – 3:35
  7. "Would You Be" (Birch, Burrell, Colon, Ducent, Pizzonia, Robinson, Thompson) (featuring Brian Thompson) – 4:16
  8. "Stand Up" (Birch, Burrell, Ducent, Harriot, Livingston) – 3:34
  9. "Repent" (Burrell, Ducent, Gregory, Kelly, Pizzonia) – 3:42
  10. "Luv Me Up" (Burrell, Ducent, Gregory, Kelly, Pizzonia) – 3:31
  11. "Ahead in Life" (Burrell, Colon, Ducent, Kelly) – 3:16
  12. "Ultimatum" (Burrell, Colon, Ducent, Pizzonia) (featuring Na'sha) – 3:33
  13. "Shut Up & Dance" (Adams, Belew, Curtis, Frantz, Pizzonia, Stanley, Weymouth) (featuring will.i.am) – 3:24
  14. "Don't Ask Her That" (Burrell, Ducent, Storch) (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) – 4:25
  15. "Road Block" (Burrell, Ducent, Harris, Pizzonia) (featuring Rikrok) – 3:32
  16. "Gone With Angels" (Burrell, Colon, Ducent, Pizzonia) – 4:05
  17. "Letter to My Kids" (Burrell, Ducent, Pizzonia) – 2:54
Japanese Bonus Track
18. "Hold Me" (Burrell, Ducent, Pizzonia) – 3:03
UK Bonus Tracks[9]
18. "Goodie Goodie" (Burrell, Ducent, Pizzonia) - 3:20
19. "Sexy Gyal Whind" (Burrell, Ducent, Pizzonia) - 3:03

Personnel[edit]

  • C. Duck Anderson – Background Vocals
  • Alex Cantrall – Producer, Musician
  • Chico Chin – Musician
  • Armando Colon – Producer, Engineer, Musician
  • Heather Cummings – Background Vocals
  • J. Curtis – Guitar
  • Sly Dunbar – Producer, Musician
  • Cliff Feiman – Production Coordination
  • Neal Ferrazzani – Assistant
  • Michael Fletcher – Producer, Musician
  • Chris Gehringer – Mastering
  • Brian Gold – Background Vocals
  • Tony Gold – Background Vocals
  • Tony Green – Musician
  • Maurice Gregory – Musician
  • Damion Hall – Engineer
  • Nellee Hooper – Vocal Producer
  • Kameron Houff – Engineer
  • A. Kelly – Musician
  • Tony Kelly – Producer, Engineer, Musician, Revision
  • Martin Kierszenbaum – Keyboards, A&R
  • Robert Livingston – Producer, Overdubs, Executive Producer
  • Robert Lyn – Musician
  • Thom Panunzio – Producer, Mixing
  • Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia – Producer, Engineer, Overdubs, Executive Producer, Mixing, Musician
  • Claude "Weakhand" Reynolds – Mixing
  • J. Peter Robinson – Art Direction
  • Robbie Shakespeare – Producer, Musician
  • Fabian Smith – Keyboard Overdubs
  • Soulshock – Producer, Engineer, Musician
  • Scott Storch – Producer
  • Lincoln Thomas – Guitar
  • Gita Williams – Product Manager

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Clothes Drop by Shaggy". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Clothes Drop - Shaggy". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Billboard review
  4. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon. "Shaggy - Clothesdrop". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on November 30, 2005. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Browne, David (September 16, 2005). "Clothesdrop". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (September 16, 2005). "Shaggy: Clothes Drop". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (September 22, 2005). "Shaggy: Clothes Drop". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Kenner, Rob (November 2005). "Shaggy 'Clothesdrop'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 13: 147–148. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001KF19W2