Love & Life (LaToya London album)

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Love & Life
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Studio album by La Toya London
Released September 20, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop
Length 58:03
Label Peak Records
Producer Narada Michael Walden
Rex Rideout
Barry J. Eastmond, John Burk, Bradley Spalter
Jean Hermanowski
Omar Edwards
Reed Vertelney

Love & Life is the debut studio album by La Toya London. It was released on September 20, 2005 through the record label Peak Records and distributed through Concord Records. The album features a mix of R&B, soul, jazz and hip-hop, and has sold approximately 73,000 copies since its release.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[1] 3/5 stars
WonderingSound.com[2] favorable

A reviewer[who?] from the San Francisco Chronicle called her "impassioned and polished" with "sumptuous, wondrously elastic mezzo pipes".[citation needed] A reviewer[who?] from People magazine called it one of the best post-American Idol albums[citation needed], and a reviewer[who?] from iTunes named it one of the best albums of 2005, and her song "Non A What'cha Do" as one of the best individual recordings of the year.[citation needed]

Commercial performance[edit]

Love & Life sold 12,546 albums in its first week, landing at number 82 on Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and at number 27 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. To date[when?], it has sold approximately 58,000 copies, including 15,000 digital downloads.[3]

Singles[edit]

Love & Life spawned three singles: "Appreciate", "Every Part of Me", and "State of My Heart". "State of My Heart" reached number 40 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number five on the radio industry periodical Friday Morning Quarterback's Adult Contemporary spin chart.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Scandalous" Bradley Spalter, Phillip White Jean Hermanowski, Stereo 4:18
2. "Every Part of Me" Matthew Gerrard Narada Michael Walden 3:27
3. "Learn to Breath" Peer Astrom Narada Michael Walden 4:21
4. "Appreciate" (featuring Black Thought) La Toya London, Phil Scott, Aleese Simmons, Bradley Spalter Bradley and 3 3:41
5. "State of My Heart" Carol Bayer Sager Narada Michael Walden, John Burk 4:42
6. "Practice Makes Perfect" Robbie Nevil, Reed Vertenley Reed Vertelney 3:35
7. "Meet Me Halfway" Barry J. Eastmond, Tiffany Palmer, Carlos Ricketts Jean Hermanowski 4:02
8. "Waiting for You" Barry J. Eastmond, La Toya London Barry J. Eastmond 4:55
9. "Anything" Omar Edwards, La Toya London, Keniece "kween" Ford Omar Edwards 5:19
10. "Non a Watcha Do" La Toya London, Aleese Simmons, Bradley Spalter, Deborah Thomas, Antwan Thompson Bradley Spalter 4:15
11. "I Can't Hide (What's in My Heart)"   Rex Rideout 4:07
12. "More" La Toya London, Rex Rideout Rex Rideout 4:14
13. "How I Love the Rain" Ken Hirsch Barry J. Eastmond 5:10
14. "All by Myself" Eric Carmen Barry J. Eastmond 4:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chisling, Matthew. "All Music Review". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Banks, Robin. "WonderingSound Review". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ The Ultimate SoundScan Sales/Download Checklist - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com