Open Letter (Case album)

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Open Letter
Open Case Letter.jpg
Studio album by Case
Released April 24, 2001 (USA)
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre R&B
Length 60:00
Label Def Jam
Producer Tim & Bob, Redhead, Ray Watkins, Arvel McClinton III, Shep Crawford, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Case chronology
Personal Conversation
(1999)
Open Letter
(2001)
The Rose Experience
(2009)
Singles from Open Letter
  1. "Missing You"
    Released: February 20, 2001
  2. "Not Your Friend"
    Released: 2001

Open Letter is the third studio album R&B singer Case. It features the Tim & Bob produced "Missing You", which was his only number one hit to date. The album was certified gold by the RIAA.[1] This is Case's last album on Def Jam Recordings.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[2]
ARTISTdirect 1.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 2/5 stars[4]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[5]

Neil Drumming of Blender said that Case lacked conviction in delivering sexual lyrics but that the overall vibe of the songs help mask it, concluding that "Fortunately, the romance here outweighs the horizontal hula roughly five to one. So there is a place for Case — just not in the bedroom."[4] Jon Azpiri of AllMusic criticized the album for containing generic R&B compositions and Case for lacking emotion in his performance, concluding that "For his third album, Case fails to create even one original moment; perhaps this Open Letter should have never been written. "[2]

Track listing[edit]

[6]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Missing You" Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Joe Thomas 4:45
2. "Shine" Case Woodard, David Guppy 4:33
3. "A Song for Skye" Woodard, Ray Watkins 6:13
4. "Not Your Friend" Woodard, Kelley, Robinson 4:34
5. "Driving" Eric Roberson, Watkins 4:35
6. "Sex Games" Woodard, Kelley, Robinson 4:34
7. "Conversate" Woodard, Kelley, Robinson 4:28
8. "Love of My Life" Woodard, Guppy, Roberson 4:18
9. "Wishful Thinking" Woodard, Guppy, Roberson 3:33
10. "Crooked Letter" Tonee MccClinton, Karylton Clanton 3:36
11. "Already Have" Woodard, Shep Crawford, Eritza Laues 4:45
12. "No Regrets" James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Woodard 5:31
13. "Even Though" Woodard, Kelley, Robinson 4:27

Personnel[edit]

[7]

  • Keyboards and Drum Programming: Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Ray Watkins, Redhead, Shep Crawford, Arvel McClinton, Harold Edgar
  • Bass: Daryl Edgar
  • Guitar: Steve Estiverne, Andeas Panagapolous
  • Background vocals: Case, Gromyko Collins, David Guppy, Eric Roberson, Larry "Jazz" Anthony, Eritza Laues, Shep Crawford, Montell Jordan, Charlie Wilson
  • Recording engineer: Jan Fairchild, Giz, Mike T., Stephen George, Andy Heller, Eddie Hudson, Annie Catalino
  • Mixing: Jan Fairchild, Serban Ghenea, Stephen George, Jan Fairchild
  • Executive producer: Case, JoJo "Bangs" Brim, Kevin Liles
  • Art direction & design: Akisia Grigsby

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  2. ^ a b Azpiri, Jon. "Open Letter - Case". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Open Letter by Case". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Drumming, Neil. "Case - Open Letter". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on October 13, 2001. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Thigpen, David (May 2001). "Case 'Open Letter'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 9 (5): 161-62. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Case - Open Letter". tracklisting. amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Case - Open Letter". album credits. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14.