Wild Seed – Wild Flower

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Wild Seed – Wild Flower
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Studio album by Dionne Farris
Released October 25, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre
Length 62:47
Label Columbia
Producer Dionne Farris, David Harris & Milton Davis (tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 & 15), Randy Jackson (tracks 1-7, 13 & 15), David Frank (track 8)
Dionne Farris chronology
Wild Seed, Wild Flower
(1994)
For Truth If Not Love
(2007)For Truth If Not Love2007

Wild Seed – Wild Flower is the debut full-length album by American singer Dionne Farris. Having found success for her performance on the song "Tennessee" by the alternative hip hop group Arrested Development, Farris, rather than continue with Arrested Development, made a solo record with members of the band Follow for Now, David Ryan Harris and Billy Fields.[1] The lead single, "I Know", peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/4 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

"I Know" was the only hit from the album, but Tom Demalon of AllMusic wrote that the album's "charms run much deeper" than the "percolating and infectious" hit single.[1] However, critic Brent Mann expressed the opposite view, stating that the other songs "lacked energy and direction" and in one case turned "plodding and ponderous."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Know" (Milton Davis, William DuVall) – 3:49
  2. "Reality" (Dionne Farris, Billy Fields, Skitch Lovett) – 4:42
  3. "Stop to Think" (Farris, Lenny Kravitz) – 5:29
  4. "Passion" (Farris, Fields, Lovett) – 5:44
  5. "Food for Thought" (Farris, David Harris) – 6:35
  6. "Now or Later" (Farris, Fields, Lovett) – 5:19
  7. "Don't Ever Touch Me (Again)" (Farris, Harris) – 4:27
  8. "11th Hour" (Farris, David Frank) – 4:46
  9. "Water" (Dionne Farris, Billy Fields) – 4:06
  10. "Blackbird" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:08
  11. "Old Ladies" (discussion of "Blackbird") – 0:27
  12. "Human" (Farris) – 3:04
  13. "Find Your Way" (Farris, Tim Heintz, Randy Jackson) – 5:44
  14. "The Audition" (skit) – 1:38
  15. "I Know" (NY Reprise Mix) (Davis, DuVall) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Dionne Farris: Main Vocals, Vocal Arrangements
  • Paul Barrere (slide), Bruce Gaitsch, Skitch Lovette, Tony Ruffin: Guitars
  • David Ryan Harris: Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, Vocal Backing
  • Billy Fields, David Frank, Tim Heintz, David Kahne, Carl Young: Keyboards
  • Steve Twyman: Organ
  • Milton Davis, Randy Jackson, Lonnie Marshall: Bass
  • Anthony Johnson, Ju Ju House: Drums
  • John Mitchell: Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming
  • Pete Escovedo, Jeff Haynes: Percussion
  • Joel Derouin: Violin
  • Suzie Katayama: Cello
  • Russell Mullen: Trumpet
  • Leesa Richards, Terry Shelton: Vocal Backing
  • String Arranged By Dionne Farris

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Demalon, Tom. "Wild Seed -- Wild Flower – Dionne Farris". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ May, Mitchell (December 22, 1994). "Dionne Farris: Wild Seed–Wild Flower (Columbia)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Farris, Dionne". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-199-72636-1. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (March 10, 1995). "Dionne Farris: Wild Seed – Wild Flower (Columbia)". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Dennis (November 27, 1994). "Do You Hear What We Hear?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Coker, Cheo H. (January 26, 1995). "Dionne Farris: Wild Seed – Wild Flower". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ Mann, Brent (2003). 99 Red Balloons: And 100 All-time One-Hit Wonders. Citadel Press. p. 80. ISBN 9780806525167. Retrieved June 27, 2014.