Just a Rolling Stone

Just a Rolling Stone is the debut studio album by American singer Donnie Klang. It was released by Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records on September 2, 2008 in Canada and the United States. After winning the reality singing contest Making the Band 4 in 2007, Klang was offered a solo contract by Bad Boy head and MtB man of the house Sean Combs instead of a spot in the all-male R&B group Day26. Combs consulted a variety of writers and producers to work with Klang on his debut, including The-Dream and Soul Diggaz as well as Channel 7, Mario Winans, and Tricky Stewart.

Just a Rolling Stone
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2008
Genre
Length54:06
Label
Producer
Singles from Just a Rolling Stone
  1. "Take You There"
    Released: March 23, 2008

Just a Rolling Stone garnered mixed to negative reviews from music critics, many of whom found the material too outdated and compared Klang unfavorably with Justin Timberlake. The album debuted and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and entered the top five on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It spawned a sole single "Take You There", which was released on March 23, 2008 and peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. The album remains Klang's only album with Bad Boy after leaving the label in 2010.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]

Jon Caramanica, writing for The New York Times, remarked that on Just a Rolling Stone, Klang "hews closely to a current template for white-soul success: the recent work of Justin Timberlake, an airy-voiced former boy band star, with Timbaland, an eccentric visionary [...] He's a pleasant, if not altogether emphatic, singer. At times he sounds as if he were laying down the demo vocals for someone else to sing on top of – meaning that these songs, many of them great, seem to shape him, not the other way around."[4] Similarly, Allmusic editor Matt Collar found that Just a Rolling Stone "positions Klang as a kind of lesser Justin Timberlake or less amusing Robin Thicke. In any case, the results on Just a Rolling Stone are less interesting than either of those aforementioned R&B crooners and more along the lines of a Color Me Badd-reboot. Which is to say, Klang's music is oddly outdated."[1] PopMatters critic McGuire felt that "Mr. Combs' imprint certainly doesn't save Klang's debut enough to make it worth listening to. Yeah, his stone may be rolling. It just appears it’s going in the wrong direction."[5]

Chart performanceEdit

The album peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 and dropped off after three weeks.[6] It fared better on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it debuted at number five and stayed on the chart for seven weeks.[7]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"3:09
2."Take You There" (featuring Diddy)
4:15
3."Dr. Love"
  • Channel 7
  • Yahel[a]
3:23
4."Hurt That Body"3:12
5."Hollywood Girl"
  • Ellis
  • Owens
  • Mack
  • Wade
  • Talley
  • Soul Diggaz
  • Mo Chedda[a]
3:44
6."Pick It Up"
  • Curtis Austin
  • Drew Ryan Scott
  • Jimmy Burney
  • Sean Alexander
  • Klang
  • Patrick Scaglione
Young Boyz4:32
7."Pretty Girls Cry"
  • Winans
  • Ellis
  • Klang
Winans4:09
8."Catch My Breath"Danja4:24
9."Bedroom" (Interlude)
Channel 71:12
10."Not a Love Song"
  • Winans
  • Klang
  • Mary Brown
Winans3:53
11."Which One"
  • Winans
  • Ellis
  • Klang
Winans3:29
12."Love in Stereo"
  • Aurelius
  • Yahel
  • Ellis
  • Klang
  • Channel 7
  • Yahel[a]
3:13
13."Just a Rolling Stone" (Interlude)
  • Winans
  • Klang
Winans1:46
14."You're My Idol"
  • Lee-Joe
  • Knight
  • Philippe-Marc Anquetil
3:44
15."The Pain" (Interlude)
  • Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson
  • Ralph "Buttaz" Kearns
  • Theo Bowen
  • Klang
  • Thompson
  • Kearns
1:37
16."The Rain"
  • Aurelius
  • Klang
  • Desrouleaux
  • Uriel Kadouch
4:03
Circuit City bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Beautiful Escape"
Malay4:01
iTunes bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Take You There" (Acapella)
  • Ellis
  • Owens
  • Mack
  • Wade
  • Talley
  • Combs
  • Klang
  • Watson
  • Soul Diggaz
  • Mo Chedda[a]
  • Combs[a]
3:59
18."Take You There" (Video)  4:04
19."Bedroom"Winans2:00
20."Digital Booklet"   

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  2. ^ Collar, Matt. "( Just a Rolling Stone > Overview )". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  3. ^ "Bits: Big Boi, Lollapalooza, Donnie Klang, Daniel Lanois and More". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 1, 2008). "CRITICS' CHOICE; Donnie Klang". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  5. ^ McGuire, Colin (November 5, 2008). "Donnie Klang: Just a Rolling Stone". PopMatters. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Just a Rolling Stone (Billboard 200 chart), Billboard, October 4, 2008.
  7. ^ Just a Rolling Stone (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart), Billboard, November 1, 2008.
  8. ^ "Donnie Klang Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Donnie Klang Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2020.