O (Omarion album)

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O
OmarionO.jpeg
Studio album by Omarion
Released February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre
Length 52:31
Label
Producer
Omarion chronology
O
(2005)
21
(2006)212006
Singles from O
  1. "O"
    Released: July 17, 2004
  2. "Touch"
    Released: October 1, 2004
  3. "I'm Tryna"
    Released: April 6, 2005

O is the debut studio album by American R&B singer Omarion, released on February 22, 2005 via Epic Records and Sony Urban Music. Despite featuring explicit language, the album doesn't have a Parental Advisory label on the cover. It features three singles: the title track (number 27), "Touch" (number 94) and "I'm Tryna." The album entered at number one,[1] and has sold 758,000 copies in the United States as of November 2008. O went on to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 48th Grammy Awards.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Common Sense Media3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[5]

Billboard contributor Gail Mitchell praised the collaboration between Omarion and his producers for delivering "a healthy helping of repeat-worthy songs."[6] Jem Aswad of Entertainment Weekly said of the record, "[T]he ballads on this solo debut have way too much whipped cream, but there are some surprisingly tough touches of funk and crunk (”Drop That Heater,” the Missy-esque ”Take It Off”)."[5] AllMusic editor Andy Kellman said that the album works best when the tracks are "lighthearted, summery funk ("Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)") and have production done by the Neptunes ("Touch") and Rodney Jerkins ("Drop That Heater") instead of being overly sexual, concluding that "Had Omarion been less concerned with street credibility, realizing that it might be better to allow his young fan base to mature along with him, this debut would've been more than satisfactory."[3] Kathi Kamen Goldmark of Common Sense Media also found the content overdone in its musings of sexual imagery, saying that it sounds "more jarring than seductive", concluding that "[T]here's a lot of potential here, if the artist can come up with some better, more subtly sexy material."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Wish"
Tha Corna Boyz3:57
2."Touch"Pharrell WilliamsThe Neptunes3:23
3."O"
4:40
4."I'm Tryna"
4:22
5."Drop That Heater"
4:53
6."Growing Pains"Houston4:13
7."Take It Off" (featuring Mila J)
  • Grandberry
  • Cory Bold
  • Stokes
  • Houston
  • Stokes
  • Bold
  • Houston
  • Omarion
3:22
8."Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)" (featuring Big Boi)Allstar3:34
9."I Know"
  • Grandberry
  • Chris "Rawdog" Denson
  • Houston
  • Stokes
Ra.W3:36
10."I'm Gon' Change"
  • Butler
  • Medor
  • Nesmith
Tha Corna Boyz4:19
11."In the Dark"
  • Grandberry
  • Houston
  • Stokes
  • Kenny Washington
  • Kenny "The Wizard" Washington
  • Stokes[a]
  • Houston[a]
  • Omarion[a]
4:17
12."Slow Dancin'"
  • Gil Smith II
  • Derric "dm1" Nimmers
  • Devin "dm2" Nimmers
  • Nate Walton
  • Kowan Paul
  • Smith II
  • Kowan "Q" Paul
4:25
13."Fiening You"
  • Lenton Hutton
  • Kenneth "K Young" Pratt
L. T. Hutton4:10
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "I Wish" featured background vocals by Omarion and Quintin Aney.
  • "O" featured background vocals by Durrell Babbs and Eric Dawkins.
  • "I'm Tryna" featured background vocals by Babbs and Dawkins.
  • "Drop That Heater" featured background vocals by Omarion and Sean Garrett.
  • "Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)" featured background vocals by Charles "Charlie" Crawford and Jamie Vick.
  • "I'm Gon' Change" featured background vocals by Omarion, One Chance and Pierre Medor.
Sample credits
  • "Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa)" contains a replay of "Electric Frog (Part II)" as written by Richard Westfield, George Brown, Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith and Robert Mickens.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the O media notes.[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitmire, Margo (March 2, 2005). "'O' Puts Omarion On Top". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ Grein, Paul. "Chart Watch Extra: What A Turkey! The 25 Worst-Selling #1 Albums" Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Yahoo! Music. November 21, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "O - Omarion". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Goldmark, Kathi Kamen. "O Music Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Aswad, Jem (March 14, 2005). "O Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Gail (March 5, 2005). "'O' Review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ O (booklet). Omarion. Epic. Sony Urban Music. 2005. EK 92818. 
  8. ^ "Omarion Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Omarion Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Omarion – O". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.