Release Some Tension

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Release Some Tension
SWV - Release Some Tension.jpg
Studio album by SWV
Released August 13, 1997 (1997-08-13) United States
Recorded 1996–1997
Genre
Length 53:15
Label RCA
Producer
SWV chronology
New Beginning
(1996)
Release Some Tension
(1997)
A Special Christmas
(1997)
Singles from Release Some Tension
  1. "Can We"
    Released: February 11, 1997
  2. "Someone"
    Released: July 30, 1997
  3. "Lose My Cool"
    Released: September 16, 1997
  4. "Rain"
    Released: March 9, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Release Some Tension is the third studio album by American R&B vocal group SWV.

Guest appearances are made by E-40, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Foxy Brown, Lil' Cease, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg and Redman.

The album features hits like "Rain", "Someone", "Can We" (which was originally included on the soundtrack for the Jamie Foxx film, Booty Call). Another single "Lose My Cool" was slated to be released as the album's third single but due to limited radio airplay it was shelved in favor of "Rain" which became one of their most notable hits.

"Someone", although featuring one of the biggest producers/artists of the year, Puff Daddy, only reached #19 on the Billboard charts. Group member Coko claimed "Someone" was a "half-assed song" in a 1997 interview shortly after the single's release.[4] Nevertheless, the single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.[5][6]

The album was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Someone (featuring Puff Daddy) - 4:05
  2. Release Some Tension (featuring Foxy Brown)1 - 4:05
  3. Lose My Cool (featuring Redman) - 4:38
  4. Love Like This (featuring Lil' Cease) - 3:46
  5. Can We (featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland) - 4:51
  6. Rain - 4:25
  7. Give It Up (featuring Lil' Kim) - 4:41
  8. Come and Get Some (featuring E-40) - 4:23
  9. When U Cry - 4:31
  10. Lose Myself - 4:38
  11. Here For You - 4:53
  12. Gettin' Funky (featuring Snoop Dogg) - 4:19

1originally recorded with Missy Elliott

Sample credits

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Release Some Tension review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ Tyehimba, Cheo (August 16, 1997). "Release Some Tension Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  3. ^ Stovall, Natasha (October 16, 1997). "SWV: Release Some Tension : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-06-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ Vibe. Vibe Media Group. p. 109. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  5. ^ "American certifications – S.W.V. – Someone". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  6. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American certifications – S.W.V. – Release Some Tension". Recording Industry Association of America. 

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