Track 1: MG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); Book Of Daniel Music/EMI Music Publishing, Inc. Produced for Krucial Keys Enterprises / Krucial Noise Productions. Engineered @ Oven Studios NY; Pie Studios NY, Record Plant Studios LA.
Track 2: BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); Gimmie My Publishing Inc./EMI; John Legend Publishing/BMI. Contains a sample of 'Get Out Of My Life, Women'
Track 3: BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); China White Music (ASCAP); Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Crop (BMI) & Seabons Publishing Co (BMI). Contains elements of "Love Jones", Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) & Seabons Publishing Co (BMI). All Rights Administrative by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Track 4: Tavaris Jones Music, Janice Combs Publishing, Admin by EMI-April Music Inc (BMI) / Da Twelve Music, Justin Combs Publishing, Admin EMI-April Music Inc (ASCAP).
Track 5: Team S Dot Publishing (BMI)/Hitco Music (BMI) Administered by Songs Of Windswept Pacific (BMI); BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP) Jaewon's Publishing/Justin Combs Publishing/EMI April Music (ASCAP). Produced for S. Garrett Music. Jadakiss appears courtesty of Ruff Ryders / Interscope Records
Track 6: Cardraygee Music Publishing/SESAC; BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP). Recorded at The Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA.
Track 7: Squirt 2001 (BMI); One Up Entertainment/Sony ATV; BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); Faircraft, Inc. (BMI). Contains Elements of "Sounds Like A Love Song" Chitty Chitty Music (ASCAP).
Track 8: EWN/EMI Music Publishing; BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP). Contains replay instruments element from big fish audio CD.
Track 9: BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); Verses Of Style Publishing (ASCAP); Soldierz Touch Inc (ASCAP). Produced for Soldierz Touch, Inc. Chink Santana appears courtesy of Blackground/Mastermind Records.
Track 10: Cardraygee Music Publishing/SESAC, BMG Songs/She Wrote It (ASCAP). Recorded at The Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA.
Track 11: BMG Songs, Inc./She Wrote It (ASCAP); Mix The Formula (ASCAP). Metro City appears courtesy of 55 Entertainment / A&M Records.
Track 12: Includes new material. Contains Sampled portions of: "Never too Much" (EMI Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)). Used Courtesy of Sony Music Enterprises. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. Eve appears courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records.
An advantage Keyshia Cole has over a lot of her young contemporaries is experience. As a foster child growing up in Oakland, she went through a lot of downs, and from the sounds of The Way It Is, her first album, she's had her share of complex relationships. Cole had a hand in the writing of just about every track, and she has a number of major players - Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Mya), E-Poppi (Missy Elliott, Destiny's Child) - in her corner. With only a couple exceptions, The Way It Is is about the ugly parts of a romantic relationship, so there's little room left for upbeat material. From the opener, "(I Just Want It) To Be Over," the album seems to be set up like a linear narrative about a crumbling relationship, but it doesn't quite play out that way, with the scenes shuffled out of order. ("Love," one of the positive songs, comes after the song where the punk gets dumped and before the song where he's called out for changing.) None of it's all that profound, but Cole sells it all extremely well, especially on "I Should Have Cheated," where she tires of an accusing and hypocritical lover ("I should go have my fun and do all the things you say I do"). Cole's voice is sweet and ringing, like a wiser version of Lil' Mo who has had to weather a tremendous amount of drama. She could be around for a while. ("Never," her hit song from the Barbershop 2 soundtrack, is included.)
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