It's Me Again

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It's Me Again
Tweet - It's Me Again.png
Studio album by Tweet
Released March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
Recorded 2003–2004
Studio
Genre
Length 63:16
Label
Producer
Tweet chronology
Southern Hummingbird
(2002)
It's Me Again
(2005)
The Dresden Soul Symphony
(2008)
Singles from It's Me Again
  1. "Turn da Lights Off"
    Released: October 5, 2004

It's Me Again is the second studio album by American singer Tweet. It was released on March 21, 2005, by The Goldmind Inc. and Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 55,000 copies.[1]

Background[edit]

In 2000, Tweet began recording vocals for Elliott's album and was also reunited with her old friends from the Swing Mob days, Timbaland, Magoo, Playa, and Ginuwine later ending in Tweet recording her debut studio album. Southern Hummingbird was, released on April 2, 2002 by The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records. Upon release the album was met with positive reviews from music critics who commended the album's musical direction and its lyrical content. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 195,000 copies in its first week.[2] Southern Hummingbird was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 30, 2002,[3] and has sold 858,000 units in the US as of March 2005.[4] The album was preceded by lead single "Oops (Oh My)", which reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[5] After the successful lead single, the album spawned another two, the Timbaland-produced "Call Me" and the radio single "Smoking Cigarettes", which had a video shot for it directed by Little X, but was never released.

Singles[edit]

Proposals for the album's lead single dates back to early 2004, where MTV reported that the Missy Elliott-produced "Shook Up", featuring former 106 & Park co-host Free, was in consideration for a lead single choice. However, complications from the merging between Elektra Records and Atlantic prevented the song's release, resulting in the song's cancellation and a pushback date for Tweet's It's Me Again album.[6] On October 5, 2004, "Turn da Lights Off" was released and began to appear on numerous mixtapes to help spread the word of the song's release.[7] A promotional remix featuring 50 Cent and an alternate line by Missy Elliott was also released to mixtapes in order to generate further buzz for the single.[8][9]

Commercially the single was unsuccessful in the United States, where it reached number eight on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and number 39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[10][11] However, the song fared well on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 29.[12]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[14]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[15]
The New York Times Favorable[16]
PopMatters 6/10[17]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[18]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[19]
Stylus Magazine B[20]
Vibe 4/5 stars[21]
Yahoo! Music 5/10 stars[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 55,000 copies, considerably lower than her debut which sold 195,000 in its opening week and has sold 858,000 copies.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (It's Me Again)" Brockman 1:36
2. "Turn da Lights Off" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Elliott
  • Kwamé
4:50
3. "Iceberg"
5:06
4. "Could It Be" (featuring Rell)
  • Keys
  • Rell
  • Walter Millsap III
Millsap 4:24
5. "You"
4:32
6. "Cab Ride" Bob James
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
3:29
7. "Things I Don't Mean" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
3:02
8. "My Man"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Corté Ellis
  • Elliott
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
4:00
9. "Sports, Sex & Food"
  • Elliot
  • Soul Diggaz
  • Madball Entertainment[a]
3:20
10. "Small Change"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
4:30
11. "Two of Us" (featuring Tashawna)
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • Kenneth Bereal
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
3:19
12. "Where Do We Go from Here?"
  • Keys
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
  • Marty Cintron III
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
  • Cintron
3:14
13. "Steer"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
  • Stewart
  • C. Bereal
3:37
14. "I'm Done"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Garry Glenn
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
5:17
15. "We Don't Need No Water"
  • Elliott
  • Holland
  • Brockman
  • Gregory Wigfall
  • Richard Fowler
  • Charles Pettiford
  • Celite Evans
  • Jerry Bloodrock
  • Ric Wilson
  • Lou Wilson
  • Carlos Wilson
  • Elliott
  • Kwamé[a]
  • Brockman[a]
6:19
16. "When I Need a Man" (hidden bonus track, added onto the end of track 15)
2:50

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer.
  • ^b signifies an executive producer.
  • Track 15 contains the hidden track "When I Need a Man" from the USA Network original series Kojak, starring Ving Rhames.

Sample credits[25]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of It's Me Again.[25]

  • Tweet – vocals (all tracks); production (track 3); executive production
  • Marcella Araica – assistant tracking engineering (tracks 2, 5–9, 12–14, "We Don't Need No Water"); mixing assistance (tracks 6, 10, 11)
  • Carlos Bedoya – additional recording (tracks 2–5, 7–9, 13–14, "We Don't Need No Water"); mixing (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11–14, "We Don't Need No Water"); recording ("We Don't Need No Water")
  • Charlie Bereal – co-production (track 3); production (tracks 7, 11–13); guitar (track 8, 11–13)
  • Kenneth Bereal – production (track 11)
  • Anita Marisa Boriboon – art direction, design
  • Lisa Michelle Boyd – stylist
  • Craig Brockman – production (tracks 1, 6–8, 10, 11, 14); co-production (track 3, "We Don't Need No Water"); keyboards (track 12)
  • Jay Brown – A&R
  • Joan Brown – product management
  • Marty Cintron III – acoustic guitar, production (track 12)
  • Annette Coleman – hair stylist
  • Jimmy Douglass – mixing (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11–14, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Dylan "3D" Dresdow – mixing, recording (tracks 1, 6, 7, 10–12)
  • Missy Elliott – production (tracks 2, 5, 7–9, 13, "We Don't Need No Water"); vocals (tracks 2, 7, "We Don't Need No Water"); executive production
  • Paul Falcone – mixing ("When I Need a Man")
  • Josh Freese – drums ("When I Need a Man")
  • David Heuer – additional recording
  • Antti J. – cover photography
  • Kwamé – production (track 2); co-production ("We Don't Need No Water")
  • LamTrak Productions – additional drum programming ("When I Need a Man")
  • Mark Liddell – photography
  • Lucky – make-up
  • Madball Entertainment – co-production (track 9)
  • Patrick Magee – mixing assistance (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11, 13–14, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Stan Malveaux – recording (tracks 3, 14)
  • Walter Millsap III – mixing, production, recording (track 4)
  • Joshua Mittleman – personal assistance
  • Israel "PT" Najera – recording (tracks 5, 8, 13)
  • Neeko – hair stylist
  • Michael Parnell – bass ("When I Need a Man")
  • Steve Plunkett – arrangement, guitar, production ("When I Need a Man")
  • Herb Powers, Jr. – mastering
  • Spencer Proffer – arrangement, keyboards, production ("When I Need a Man")
  • Rell – vocals (track 4)
  • Mike Rivera – recording (tracks 2, 8, 9)
  • Mona Scott – executive production ("When I Need a Man")
  • John "Jubu" Smith – bass (tracks 6, 10); guitar (tracks 10, 14)
  • Soul Diggaz – production (track 5, 9); drum programming (track 7); additional percussion ("When I Need a Man")
  • Nisan Stewart – co-production (track 3); production (tracks 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14); drums (track 12)
  • Tashawna – vocals (track 11)
  • Timbaland – production (track 13)
  • Arnold Turner – additional package photos
  • Cesare Turner – horn (tracks 3, 9, 14)
  • Javier Valverde – mixing assistance (track 12)
  • Tom Weir – recording ("When I Need a Man")
  • Andrew Zach – Atlantic art production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 158
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[28] 21
US Billboard 200[29] 17
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[30] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United Kingdom March 21, 2005 Elektra [31]
United States March 22, 2005 [5]
Japan March 24, 2005 Warner [24]
Germany April 25, 2005 [32]
Australia May 13, 2005 [23]

References[edit]

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