Round 2 (J. Holiday album)

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Round 2
J. Holiday Round 2.jpg
Studio album by J. Holiday
Released March 10, 2009[1]
Recorded 2008–2009
Studio
Genre R&B, Hip hop
Length 47:04
Label Music Line, Capitol
Producer The-Dream, Ne-Yo, Jasper Cameron, The Co-Stars, Allstar, The Platinum Brothers
J. Holiday chronology
Back of My Lac'
(2007)Back of My Lac'2007
Round 2
(2009)
Guilty Conscience
(2014)Guilty Conscience2014
Singles from Round 2
  1. "It's Yours"
    Released: December 16, 2008

Round 2 is the second studio album by American recording artist J. Holiday, it was released on March 10, 2009, by Music Line Group and Capitol Records.[1] It is the follow-up to his debut album, Back of My Lac', which was released in 2007. The album was supported by the lone single, "It's Yours".

Upon release, Round 2 received critical acclaim from music critics, who complimented its production and songwriting.

Singles[edit]

The first single "It's Yours", was released on December 16, 2008. A music video was released.

The second single that was supposed to be released was Fall, but due to label problems it was canceled like "Come Here" on his previous album.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album sold 55,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200.[2] The album has sold 300,000 copies in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Associated Press (favorable)[5]
DJBooth 3.5/5 stars[6]
Pop Matters 6/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Vibe (mixed)[9]

The album received critical acclaim from music critics. Andy Kellman of Allmusic said, "Holiday instead delivers a second album that is not a retread. It's not a reinvention, either, but the roster of collaborators is almost completely different, and Holiday all but eliminates the tough guy and stoner talk". Mark Edward Nero of About.com said Round 2 is a well-sung, well-written, well-produced album, but the one negative is that it's a little bland and leans too much on love songs.[3] Slavik Nathan of DJBooth.net stated Round 2 finds Holiday shifting away from Lac’s harder-edged image in favor of a smoother sound, resulting in a well-crafted album that shows that while Holiday’s got a ways to go before he reaches elite status, no one will ever be able to call him a one-hit wonder again.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Nahum Grymes J. Holiday 0:36
2. "It's Yours" Cameron, Grymes Jasper Cameron, Big Reese 4:06
3. "Fall" Gibbs, Chesser, Austin, Smith, Wright, Green The Platinum Brothers 3:32
4. "Don't Go" Shaffer Smith, Charles Harmon, Chuck Harmony 3:31
5. "Wrong Lover" (featuring Rick Ross) Gibbs, Chesser, Austin, Travis Cherry, Grymes, Wellington, William Roberts II, Mcnair, Jr., Biggs, Wansel The Platinum Brothers, Travis Cherry 4:12
6. "Run into My Arms" Gibbs, Chesser, Austin, Cherry, Grymes The Platinum Brothers 4:04
7. "Sing 2 U" Grymes, Bowen, Hamlet Reginald Hamlet 3:15
8. "Lights Go Out" Grymes, Bowen, Gordon Allstar 3:52
9. "Make That Sound" Gibbs, Chesser, Cherry, Antoine, Grymes, Brown The Platinum Brothers, Travis Cherry,[a] Karl Antoine[a] 4:07
10. "Forever Ain't Enough" Grymes, Jean, Orom, Wolfson Jules Wolfson, Jon Orum[a] 4:22
11. "Fly" Babbs, Grymes, Dinkins Jr., Colapietro The Co-Stars 4:17
12. "Homeless" Grymes, Scantlebury, Austin State of Emergency 3:43
13. "I Tried" Grymes, Scantlebury, Austin State of Emergency 3:49
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an co-producer
Sample credits
  • "Wrong Lover" contains interpolations from the composition "Hurry Up This way Again" written by Cynthia Biggs & Dexter Wansel.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Round 2 adapted from Allmusic.[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 2

References[edit]

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