How I Do

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How I Do
How I Do front album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 June 2001
Recorded1999–2000
Genre
Length47:49
LabelMCA
Producer
Res chronology
How I Do
(2001)
Black.Girls.Rock!
(2009)
Singles from How I Do
  1. "Golden Boys"
    Released: 11 June 2002
  2. "They-Say Vision"
    Released: 15 July 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune(positive) [2]
PopMatters(positive) [3]

How I Do is the debut studio album by recording artist Res. It was released on 26 June 2001 and spent nine weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, with the singles "Golden Boys" and "They-Say Vision" also charting.[4]

Composition[edit]

The album combines elements of a number of musical styles, including hip-hop, pop, rock, and R&B.[5] The title track is pop-oriented, while "Sittin' Back" was called "hip-hop-hued" by one critic.[5]

The album has different lyrical themes as well. In "Ice King", Res details the story of a relationship with a drug dealer. "Golden Boys" comments that many popular and lauded people "aren't always what they seem".[5]

Singles[edit]

The album spawned two singles, "Golden Boys" and "They-Say Vision". "Golden Boys" reached number 30 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, spending nine weeks total on the tally.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The album drew praise from contemporary music critics upon its release. A review in Billboard deemed the album a "Critic's Choice" and commented that Res "effortlessly blends elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B into a smoothed-out, soul-satisfying set".[5] PopMatters also praised the album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Golden Boys" – 4:40
  2. "They-Say Vision" – 3:36
  3. "700 Mile Situation" – 4:10
  4. "Ice King" – 4:48
  5. "Sittin' Back" – 4:05
  6. "How I Do" – 4:00
  7. "If There Ain't Nothing" – 3:25
  8. "The Hustler" – 3:48
  9. "I've Known the Garden" – 3:39
  10. "Let Love" – 3:54
  11. "Tsunami"/"Say It Anyway" – 7:48

Special edition[edit]

  1. "Tsunami" – 4:28
  2. "Toxic You"/"Say It Anyway" – 7:16
  • Note: On the standard edition of the album the final track "Tsunami" has the hidden track "Say It Anyway" on the end, whereas the iTunes and special edition CD versions of the album come with "Tsunami" as an individual track and a bonus track called "Toxic You" accompanied with "Say It Anyway".

Commercial performance[edit]

As of June 2002, the album had sold 172,000 units in United States.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 115
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "How I Do - RES". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (28 September 2001). "Neo-soul grows and grooves". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony (25 June 2001). "Res: How I Do". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ "RES Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Hall, Rashaun (July 7, 2001). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Vol. 113 no. 27. p. 23. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Chart Search: "Res - Golden Boys"". Billboard.
  7. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony. "Review: Res: How I Do". PopMatters. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Whitmire, Margo (1 June 2002). "Urban Acts". Billboard. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "RES Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "RES Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.