The Morning After (Deborah Cox album)

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The Morning After
Deborah Cox - The Morning After.jpg
Studio album by Deborah Cox
Released November 5, 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Contemporary R&B, Urban adult contemporary, dance, house
Length 54:15
Label J Records
Producer Clive Davis (exec.), Deborah Cox (exec))Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, Shep Crawford, Rodney Jerkins, Lashawn Daniels, E. Jones, D. Christopher Jennings, Eric Johnson, A. Russell, James Glasco, James "Big Jim" Wright, Battlecat, Warryn Campbell, Junior Vasquez, Hex Hector, Mac Quayle, Widelife, Johnny Vicious
Deborah Cox chronology
One Wish
The Morning After
Destination Moon
Singles from The Morning After
  1. "Up & Down (In & Out)"
    Released: October 2002
  2. "Mr. Lonely/Absolutely Not (Remix)"
    Released: February 11, 2003
  3. "Play Your Part"
    Released: June, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
People (mixed)[3]

The Morning After is the third album from Canadian singer-songwriter Deborah Cox, and the follow up to the Platinum-selling One Wish. It was released in the United States by J Records on November 5, 2002, and became her highest-charting album on the Billboard 200, debuting and peaking at #38. It was also the first album that Cox executive produced, sharing executive producer duties with long-term mentor, Clive Davis.


Following the release of One Wish, Cox achieved major crossover commercial and charting success, producing hits on the Pop, R&B and Dance Charts. In 2000, Whitney Houston invited her to sing a duet for Houston's greatest hits compilation, Whitney: The Greatest Hits. The song - "Same Script, Different Cast" - was met with positive critical acclaim.

Cox was keen to build on this success, and enlisted the help of renowned producers such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins as well as up-and-coming producers Warryn Campbell, Johntá Austin & Alex "Godson" Richbourg of The Trackmasters, among others. Anthony "Shep" Crawford, who wrote and produced the two biggest songs of her career - "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" and "We Can't Be Friends" - also returned as producer. The album contains a blend of urban R&B and adult contemporary songs with additional dance/house tracks being included; By this stage, Deborah Cox was also considered a leading dance music diva, achieving six #1s on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Her most recent #1 was the Hex Hector remix of "Absolutely Not" which she recorded in 2001 for the Dr. Dolittle 2 soundtrack. The remix was included on the album.

The album generated an additional two #1 Dance Club Songs: "Mr Lonely" and "Play Your Part".

A 2CD Limited Edition version of the album was released with additional dance remixes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Up & Down (In & Out)" Alex "Godson" Richbourg, Deborah Cox, James "Big Jim" Wright, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, James "Big Jim" Wright (Associate), Godson (Associate) 5:01
2. "2 Good 2 Be True" Jermaine Dupri, Harold Lilly Jermaine Dupri, Harold Lilly 4:06
3. "Play Your Part" Anthony "Shep" Crawford Shep Crawford 3:48
4. "Like I Did" Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Deborah Cox Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels 3:31
5. "Hurt So Much" James "Big Jim" Wright, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Deborah Cox James "Big Jim" Wright, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:07
6. "Just A Dance" (featuring Kurupt) Battlecat, Harold Lilly, Deborah Cox Battlecat 3:42
7. "The Morning After" Warryn Campbell, Kenny Bereal, Charlie Bereal, Johntá Austin, Deborah Cox, Ethan Farmer Warryn Campbell 4:24
8. "Givin' It Up" Allen "Allstar" Gordon, Teron Beal, Joel Campbell, Deborah Cox Allstar, Joel Campbell (Additional) 3:38
9. "Up & Down (In & Out)" (Allstar Remix featuring Jadakiss) Deborah Cox, James "Big Jim" Wright, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Allstar (Remix, Additional) 4:26
10. "Oh My Gosh" John "Jubu" Smith, Warryn Campbell, Johntá Austin Warryn Campbell 3:57
11. "Starting With You" Shep Crawford Shep Crawford 4:26
12. "Mr. Lonely" (Hex/Mac Mix Edit) Ahmad Russell, Christopher Jennings, Eric Johnson, Eric Jones, Takia Jennings, Terry Johnson Christopher Jennings, Eric Johnson, William Lockwood, Hex Hector & Mac Quayle (Remix, Additional) 4:03
13. "Absolutely Not" (Chanel Mix Edit) Ahmad Russell, Christopher Jennings, Eric Johnson, Eric Jones, James Glasco, Tiffany Palmer Christopher Jennings, Eric Johnson, William Lockwood, Hex Hector & Mac Quayle (Remix, Additional) 4:06
Total length: 54:15


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