Soulstar (album)

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Soulstar
Soulstar.jpg
Studio album by Musiq
Released December 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
Recorded 2002–03
Home Cookin' Studios
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre R&B, neo soul
Length 70:26
Label Def Soul
Producer 88-Keys, Carvin & Ivan, MAD, Junius Bervine, Da Gutta Fam
Musiq chronology
Juslisen
(2002)Juslisen2002
Soulstar
(2003)
Luvanmusiq
(2007)Luvanmusiq2007

Soulstar is Musiq Soulchild's third album, released in 2003. It debuted on the Billboard charts on December 27, 2003. On the Billboard 200, it peaked at number 13, spending 23 weeks on the chart and exiting on May 29, 2004; on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, it spent 37 weeks, falling off on September 9, 2004. This would be his final album for the Def Jam label before moving over to Atlantic Records for his next album Luvanmusiq.

The vinyl release of Soulstar has a different track listing from the CD. The songs "whereareyougoing" and "leaveamessage" do not appear on the vinyl version of the album.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The New York Times (mixed)[4]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[5]
Vibe 4/5 stars[6]

Soulstar garnered positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic's Andy Kellman said that despite the length of the record, he praised Musiq's growing musicianship to craft modern R&B tracks that don't carry gimmicks or personas that give his performances on them "a sense of intimacy that many of his contemporaries lack." He concluded by calling it "one of the finest contemporary R&B releases of 2003, with both style and substance in good supply."[2] Raymond Fiore from Entertainment Weekly said of Musiq being able to transcend his "humble-pie persona" amongst the other neo soul artists throughout the album: "But while the former ”Soulchild” is maddeningly predictable, the grooves on Soulstar prove surprisingly rewarding. Just when you think Musiq’s songs remain the same, he unleashes a series of harmonically lush chords that elevate him way above average."[3] Steve Jones of USA Today said, "Although he often wears his Wonder-Hathaway influences on his sleeve, his ever-improving songwriting and vocal phrasings set him apart. Love themes predominate, but his songs often paint detailed scenarios and are anything but simple."[5] In a mixed review for the New York Times, Jon Pareles praised Musiq's lyricism for being reminiscent of '70s Stevie Wonder but was oft-put by Ivan Barias' production causing said lyrics in the tracks to "ramble until they begin to sound like recitatives." He later called Soulstar "an album of dense, fascinating textures and articulate lyrics that ends up pleasant but prosy."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "soulstar" (featuring DJ Aktive & Carol Riddick) MAD 3:02
2. "youloveme" Orthodox & Ransum 3:50
3. "womanopaly" Orthodox & Ransum 4:55
4. "forthenight" (featuring AAries) Orthodox & Ransum 3:50
5. "infatueighties" Orthodox & Ransum 4:36
6. "whoknows" Orthodox & Ransum 4:55
7. "babymother" Orthodox & Ransum 4:43
8. "missyou" Orthodox & Ransum 4:00
9. "momentinlife" (featuring Cee Lo Green & Kindred The Family Soul) Junius Bervine 4:43
10. "thereason" Orthodox & Ransum 5:29
11. "dontstop/her" (featuring Bilal) 88-Keys 8:08
12. "wherareyougoing" Da Gutta Fam 4:28
13. "romancipation" Orthodox & Ransum 4:10
14. "interlude"   0:38
15. "givemorelove/leaveamessage" Orthodox & Ransum 9:46

Samples[edit]

  • "soulstar" contains a sample of "I Found Love (When I Found You)", as performed by The Spinners
  • "youloveme" contains a sample of "Soft Touch", as performed by Henry Mancini
  • "babymother" contains a sample of "Shadows", as performed by Tom Scott
  • "romancipation" contains a sample of "The Jam", as performed by Graham Central Station
  • "givemorelove" contains a sample of "Getaway Day", as performed by Tom Scott

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes[7] and AllMusic.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Musiq - Soulstar (Vinyl, LP, Album)". discogs. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Soulstar - Musiq (Soulchild)". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Fiore, Raymond (December 19, 2003). "Soulstar Review". Entertainment Weekly: 77. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (December 22, 2003). "CRITIC'S CHOICE/New CD's - Seducing With Words and Wiles". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Steve (December 8, 2003). "Musiq's 'Soulstar' shines; Setzer's 'Daddy' is all grown up". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ King, Jason (Jan 2004). "Musiq 'Soulstar'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 12 (1): 119. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Soulstar (booklet). Musiq Soulchild. Def Soul. 2003. B0001616. 
  8. ^ Soulchild, Musiq. "Soulstar". studio album. AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ Soulchild, Musiq. "Soulstar". album credits. AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Musiq (Soulchild) Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Musiq (Soulchild) Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Musiq – Soulstar". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH