Soul Flower

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Soul Flower
En Vogue-Soul Flower (album cover).jpg
Studio album by En Vogue
Released February 24, 2004
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre R&B
Label 33rd Street Records
Producer Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron
En Vogue chronology
The Gift of Christmas
(2002)
Soul Flower
(2004)
Singles from Soul Flower
  1. "Losin' My Mind"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Ooh Boy"
    Released: 2004

Soul Flower is the sixth studio album by the American R&B/pop/soul girl group En Vogue. Released in February 2004, the album was released on the independent label 33rd Street. The album was produced by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, and features the singles "Ooh Boy" and "I Do Love You (Piece of My Love)".

Background[edit]

2004 marked the return of En Vogue with a new album and a new lineup. Original members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron are joined by new member, actress and singer Rhona Bennett. The new line-up continued to showcase En Vogue's trademark harmonies, adding a mature attitude that's still sexy and strong. Bennett replaced Amanda Cole who recorded ten of the fifteen tracks with Herron and Ellis; these would later be re-recorded with Bennett who replaced all of Cole's leads on the album.[1]

Five additional tracks were then added to complete the album. The song "Stop" as well as the lead single "Losin' My Mind" were brought in by Bennett, "Ez-a-Lee" was an additional track added by the group's new management, while "Ooh Boy" and "New Day Calling'" were brought to the project by the record company.

Commercial performance[edit]

Following its release, Soul Flower went on to sell 35,000 copies and failed to chart on the Billboard 200. The album reached #47 on the charts for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #15 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.

The album's lead single, "Losin' My Mind", failed to chart anywhere, while second single "Ooh Boy" only charted at #109 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #101 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Since its release, the album has sold over 300,000 copies within the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan and gold status by the US RIAA[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Ebony 3/5 stars[4]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Losin' My Mind"
3:13
2. "Ez-A-Lee"
  • Dwayne Morgan
  • Phillips Scott
  • Dwayne Morgan
  • Phillips Scott
3:03
3. "Ooh Boy"
  • Denzil Foster
  • J. Brewer
  • K. Griffin
  • Thomas McElroy
3:33
4. "All You See"
  • D. Foster
  • Michael Marshall
  • T. McElroy
  • Foster & McElroy
3:29
5. "Dissed Him"
  • Cindy Herron
  • D. Foster
  • Terry Ellis
  • Dave Meyers
  • T. McElroy
  • M. Benjamin
  • M. Benjamin
  • Dave Meyers
4:29
6. "Ooh La La"
  • C. Wilson
  • E. Baker
  • R. Nevelle
  • R. Holiday
  • Track Headz
3:38
7. "I Do Love You (Piece of My Love)"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:24
8. "Stop"
  • D. Foster
  • P. Scott
  • R. Bennett
  • T. McElroy
  • Foster & McElroy
2:51
9. "Heaven"
  • C. Herron
  • D. Foster
  • T. Ellis
  • T. McElroy
  • Foster & McElroy
4:01
10. "Everyday"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:16
11. "Nearly Lost"
  • Arvel McClinton
  • Curtis Wilson
  • Ngai McGee
  • Trackheadz
3:12
12. "Million Different Ways"
  • John Webb
  • Marlon McClain
  • Matt Theriault
  • Marlon McClain
  • Matt Theriault
3:29
13. "Careful"
  • C. Herron
  • D. Foster
  • J. Harris
  • M. McClain
  • T. Ellis
  • T. McElroy
  • Jara Harris
  • Marlon McClain
3:02
14. "How Do I Get Over"
  • D. Foster
  • M. Marshall
  • T. McElroy
  • Foster & McElroy
4:06
15. "New Day Callin'"
  • Dorian Cheah
  • Robert Ventura
  • Foster & McElroy
4:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Rhona Bennett
  • Drum Programming – Denzil Foster, Dillion Gorman, Jara Harris, Phillip Scott, Sauce, Thomas McElroy, Troy Johnson
  • Guitar – Dwayne Wiggins, Earl Cooney, Kenya, Markus Henderson, Marlon McClain, Steve Counter
  • Electric Bass – Jaime Brewer
  • Violin – Dorian Cheah
  • Engineer – Phillip Scott, Steve Counter
  • Keyboards – Denzil Foster, Dillion Gorman, Jara Harris, Matt Theriault, Phillip Scott, Robbi Nevell, Rochad Holiday, Sauce, *Thomas McElroy, Troy Johnson
  • Percussion – Ricky Cambell
  • Executive-Producer – Cindy Herron, Denzil Foster, Terry Ellis, Thomas McElroy
  • Producer – Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy (tracks: 3, 4, 7 to 9, 14, 15), Troy Johnson (tracks: 1), Dwayne Morgan (tracks: 2)
    Dave Meyers, Mo Benjamin (tracks: 5), Marlon McClain & Matt Theriault, Jara Harris (tracks: 12, 13)

Manufactured and Distributed by: 33rd Street Records and Bayside Entertainment Distribution. Credits[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 47
US Top Independent Albums (Billboard)[8] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soul Flower" by En Vogue - Songs, Reviews, Credits - Allmusic
  2. ^ "US Certifications > En Vogue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  3. ^ En Vogue - Soul Flower review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  4. ^ Norment, Lynn. The Funky Divas Are Back in Stride. Ebony, Mar-2004
  5. ^ Jones, Steve. Music: Reviews En Vogue Soul Flower. USAToday, Feb-23-2004
  6. ^ En Vogue - "Soul Flower" (CD, Album) at Discogs
  7. ^ "En Vogue - Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  8. ^ "En Vogue - Chart history" Billboard Top Independent Albums

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