Category: Ginuwine

Ginuwine – Greatest Hits

ARTIST: Ginuwine            220px-Ginuwine_-_Greatest_Hits_(LQ)

TITLE: Greatest Hits

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: #42 R&B

SINGLES: Top 10: Pony (#6 US, #1 R&B, #16 UK), What’s So Different (#49 US, #21 R&B, #10 UK), So Anxious (#16 US, #2 R&B), None of Ur Friends Business (#48 US, #7 R&B), Differences (#4 US, #1 R&B), Stingy (#33 US, #7 R&B), Hell Yeah (#17 US, #16 R&B, #27 UK), In Those Jeans (#8 US, #3 R&B)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Get it together, it’s Ginuwine

LINEUP: Ginuwine and producers + session musicians

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A good overview of the R&B singer’s early successes.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After his fifth album laid an egg, Epic Records decided the best thing to do with Ginuwine was to wrap up his career with the lable with a best-of collection.

This fits, as in listening to the regular Ginuwine albums, he tends to put skits and extra un-musical items onto his album tracks, which disturbs the flow and caused me to eject the rest of his catalog in favor of this collection.

It’s not the perfect overview, but it’s good enough for now and we can wait for another, fuller, compilation later – at least we can hope.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: I was in process of reviewing his second album, but the skits and extra material was just too much to deal with.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there’s a UK version with added tracks and a different order.

GRADE: B: If you’d combine the US and UK versions, this would be a higher letter grade, maybe.

 

Ginuwine – Ginuwine…the Bachelor

ARTIST: Ginuwine                                 220px-Ginuwine-the_bachelor

TITLE:  Ginuwine…the Bachelor

YEAR RELEASED: 1996

CHART ACTION: #26 US, #14 R&B, #74 UK

SINGLES: Pony (#6 US, #1 R&B, #16 UK), Tell Me Do U Wanna (#55 US, #14 R&B, #16 UK), When Doves Cry (#10 UK), I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry (#16 R&B), Only When Ur Lonely (#60 R&B),l Holler (#13 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No

LINEUP: Ginuwine with Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Robert Reives, Magoo, Missy Elliott, Nikki/Virginia Slim and session players.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Smooth R&B singer specializes in slow-ish jams, marred a bit by ‘interludes’.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ginuwine’s debut record is a great example of R&B crooning and slow jams in the 90’s, for the most part. His debut single, “Pony”, has hooks galore and showcases his voice.

The rest of the album has a lot of slow jams that demonstrate his style, and they work for the most part. Even his cover of “When Doves Cry”, of which I was suspicious, works.

What doesn’t are the ‘interludes’, which aren’t separated in the track listings and run everything together, making hearing just an individual track difficult. Alas. Those marred a pretty good R&B debut.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was a member of the Swing Mob before going out solo.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-:  A notch or two down for the interludes.