It's Me Again

It's Me Again is the second studio album by American singer Tweet. It was released on March 21, 2005, by The Goldmind Inc. and Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 55,000 copies.

It's Me Again
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
Recorded2003–2004
Studio
Genre
Length63:16
Label
Producer
Tweet chronology
Southern Hummingbird
(2002)
It's Me Again
(2005)
The Dresden Soul Symphony
(2008)
Singles from It's Me Again
  1. "Turn da Lights Off"
    Released: October 5, 2004

BackgroundEdit

In 2000, Tweet began recording vocals for Elliott's album and was also reunited with her old friends from the Swing Mob days, Timbaland, Magoo, Playa, and Ginuwine later ending in Tweet recording her debut studio album. Southern Hummingbird was released on April 2, 2002, by The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records. Upon release, the album was met with positive reviews from music critics who commended the album's musical direction and its lyrical content. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 195,000 copies in its first week.[1] Southern Hummingbird was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 30, 2002,[2] and had sold 897,000 units in the US as of September 2015.[3] The album was preceded by lead single "Oops (Oh My)", which reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4] After the successful lead single, the album spawned another two, the Timbaland-produced "Call Me" and the radio single "Smoking Cigarettes", which had a video shot for it directed by Little X, but was never released.

SinglesEdit

Proposals for the album's lead single dates back to early 2004, where MTV reported that the Missy Elliott-produced "Shook Up", featuring former 106 & Park co-host Free, was in consideration for a lead single choice. However, complications from the merging between Elektra Records and Atlantic prevented the song's release, resulting in the song's cancellation and a pushback date for Tweet's It's Me Again album.[5] On October 5, 2004, "Turn da Lights Off" was released and began to appear on numerous mixtapes to help spread the word of the song's release.[6] A promotional remix featuring 50 Cent and an alternate line by Missy Elliott was also released to mixtapes in order to generate further buzz for the single.[7][8]

Commercially, the single was unsuccessful in the United States, where it reached number eight on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and number 39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[9][10] However, the song fared well on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 29.[11]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic60/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[13]
The Guardian     [14]
The New York TimesFavorable[15]
PopMatters6/10[16]
Rolling Stone     [17]
Slant Magazine     [18]
Stylus MagazineB[19]
Vibe     [20]
Yahoo! Music          [21]

Commercial performanceEdit

It's Me Again debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200, selling 55,000 copies in its first week.[22]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro (It's Me Again)"Brockman1:36
2."Turn da Lights Off" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Elliott
  • Kwamé
4:50
3."Iceberg"
5:06
4."Could It Be" (featuring Rell)
  • Keys
  • Rell
  • Walter Millsap III
Millsap4:24
5."You"4:32
6."Cab Ride"Bob James
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
3:29
7."Things I Don't Mean" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
3:02
8."My Man"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Corté Ellis
  • Elliott
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
4:00
9."Sports, Sex & Food"
  • Elliot
  • Soul Diggaz
  • Madball Entertainment[a]
3:20
10."Small Change"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
4:30
11."Two of Us" (featuring Tashawna)
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • Kenneth Bereal
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
3:19
12."Where Do We Go from Here?"
  • Keys
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
  • Marty Cintron III
  • C. Bereal
  • K. Bereal
  • Cintron
3:14
13."Steer"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
  • Stewart
  • C. Bereal
3:37
14."I'm Done"
  • Keys
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Garry Glenn
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
5:17
15."We Don't Need No Water"
  • Elliott
  • Holland
  • Brockman
  • Gregory Wigfall
  • Richard Fowler
  • Charles Pettiford
  • Celite Evans
  • Jerry Bloodrock
  • Ric Wilson
  • Lou Wilson
  • Carlos Wilson
6:19
16."When I Need a Man" (hidden bonus track, added onto the end of track 15)
2:50
Australian and Japanese edition bonus track[23][24]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."Turn da Lights Off" (remix; featuring Missy Elliott)
  • Elliott
  • Holland
  • DeLange
  • Newman
  • Spencer
  • Gaye
  • Elliott
  • Kwamé
3:27

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an executive producer.
  • Track 15 contains the hidden track "When I Need a Man" from the USA Network original series Kojak, starring Ving Rhames.

Sample credits[25]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of It's Me Again.[25]

MusiciansEdit

  • Tweet – vocals
  • Missy Elliott – vocals (tracks 2, 7, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Cesare Turner – horn (tracks 3, 9, 14)
  • Rell – vocals (track 4)
  • John "Jubu" Smith – bass (tracks 6, 10); guitar (tracks 10, 14)
  • Soul Diggaz – drum programming (track 7); additional percussion ("When I Need a Man")
  • Charlie Bereal – guitar (track 8, 11–13)
  • Tashawna – vocals (track 11)
  • Craig Brockman – keyboards (track 12)
  • Marty Cintron III – acoustic guitar (track 12)
  • Nisan Stewart – drums (track 12)
  • Josh Freese – drums ("When I Need a Man")
  • LamTrak Productions – additional drum programming ("When I Need a Man")
  • Michael Parnell – bass ("When I Need a Man")
  • Steve Plunkett – arrangement, guitar ("When I Need a Man")
  • Spencer Proffer – arrangement, keyboards ("When I Need a Man")

TechnicalEdit

  • Craig Brockman – production (tracks 1, 6–8, 10, 11, 14); co-production (track 3, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Dylan "3D" Dresdow – recording, mixing (tracks 1, 6, 7, 10–12)
  • Missy Elliott – production (tracks 2, 5, 7–9, 13, "We Don't Need No Water"); executive production
  • Kwamé – production (track 2); co-production ("We Don't Need No Water")
  • Mike Rivera – recording (tracks 2, 8, 9)
  • Jimmy Douglass – mixing (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11–14, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Carlos Bedoya – additional recording (tracks 2–5, 7–9, 13, 14, "We Don't Need No Water"); mixing (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11–14, "We Don't Need No Water"); recording ("We Don't Need No Water")
  • Dave Heuer – additional recording (tracks 2–5, 7–9, 13, 14, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Patrick Magee – mixing assistance (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–9, 11, 13–14, "We Don't Need No Water")
  • Marcella Araica – tracking engineering assistance (tracks 2, 5–9, 12–14, "We Don't Need No Water"); mixing assistance (tracks 6, 10, 11)
  • Tweet – production (track 3); co-executive production
  • Nisan Stewart – co-production (track 3); production (tracks 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14)
  • Charlie Bereal – co-production (track 3); production (tracks 7, 11–13)
  • Stan Malveaux – recording (tracks 3, 14)
  • Walter Millsap III – production, recording, mixing (track 4)
  • Soul Diggaz – production (track 5, 9)
  • Israel "PT" Najera – recording (tracks 5, 8, 13)
  • Madball Entertainment – co-production (track 9)
  • Kenneth Bereal – production (track 11)
  • Marty Cintron III – production (track 12)
  • Javier Valverde – mixing assistance (track 12)
  • Timbaland – production (track 13)
  • Spencer Proffer – production ("When I Need a Man")
  • Steve Plunkett – production ("When I Need a Man")
  • Mona Scott – executive production ("When I Need a Man")
  • Tom Weir – recording ("When I Need a Man")
  • Paul Falcone – mixing ("When I Need a Man")
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering

ArtworkEdit

  • Anita Marisa Boriboon – art direction, design
  • Antti J. – cover photography
  • Mark Liddell – photography
  • Arnold Turner – additional package photos
  • Andrew Zach – Atlantic art production

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 158
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[28] 21
US Billboard 200[29] 17
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[30] 2

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Ref.
United Kingdom March 21, 2005 Elektra [31]
United States March 22, 2005 [4]
Japan March 24, 2005 Warner [24]
Germany April 25, 2005 [32]
Australia May 13, 2005 [23]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tracks 1–14 and "We Don't Need No Water"
  2. ^ Tracks 2, 5, 8, 9 and 13
  3. ^ Tracks 3 and 14
  4. ^ a b Track 4
  5. ^ "When I Need a Man"

ReferencesEdit

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