In and Out of Love (Cheri Dennis album)

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In and Out of Love is the debut album of American R&B singer Cheri Dennis, issued by Bad Boy/Atlantic Records. It was exclusively released digitally through the iTunes Store on November 13, 2007 with physical CDs and LPs made available on February 26, 2008. In and Out of Love debuted at #74 on the Billboard 200, Dennis' debut album was critically acclaimed despite questions being raised concerning the album's sudden halt possibly due to the record label and the music industry's infamous promotional discrepancies, corruption, quid pro quo, fraudulent fine print being added onto contracts, breach of contract, and federal embezzlement.[1]

In and Out of Love
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 13, 2007
Recorded2003–2007
GenreR&B
Label
Singles from In and Out of Love
  1. "I Love You"
    Released: May 1, 2006
  2. "Portrait of Love"
    Released: November 30, 2007
  3. "Pretend"
    Released: May 15, 2008

"Portrait of Love", the second of three singles released, reached #55 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] It was originally entitled "Portrait" and featured only Yung Joc, but after the single was leaked, the track title was changed and Gorilla Zoe was added to the song. The first single "I Love You" peaked at #18 on Billboard, and the third single "Pretend" featuring Maino peaked at #116 on the charts. Promotion of third single then ceased due to her record label revoking budgets and refusing to grant funds for the album's future singles because of slow record sales. The albums was then taken out of print and is available only through digital outlets.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]
Billboard(favorable)[4]
SoulTracks(mixed)[5]

Allmusic editor Matt Rinaldi wrote that Dennis "has been providing hooks for Bad Boy tracks since she first collaborated with Mase in 1999. On her full-length debut, In and Out of Love, Cheri lends her sweet and sensual vocals to 16 hot tracks with production sounds that range from 1990s hip-hop to contemporary neo-soul."[3] Billboard found that In and Out of Love harks back to the early ‘90s, when a green Mary J. Blige [...] created hip-hop soul with songs like “Real Love” and “What's the 411?.”[4] SoulTracks felt that the album made "crystal clear that the production is often only as good as the performer. Cheri lacks the passion to transcend the melody of these mid-tempo love songs, and her unassuming interpretation ultimately gets buried. In and Out of Love doesn't rise to the standards set by many mainstream R&B artists today. Its sound simply plays it too safe and lacks artistic depth [...] She'll get lost in this here-today-gone-tomorrow music industry. Maybe her sophomore effort will be her saving grace and prove that she's indeed a true star on the rise."[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"Pierre0:53
2."I Love You"" (featuring Jim Jones & Yung Joc)
Leslie4:35
3."Portrait of Love" (featuring Yung Joc & Gorilla Zoe)
  • Alonzo Mathis
  • Brandon Howard
  • Corte Ellis
  • Robinson
  • Michelle Bell
Souldiggaz3:52
4."Remind You"Jerkins3:53
5."All I Wanna Do"
  • Dennis
  • Delmar Arnaud
  • Jack Knight
  • Jeremy Graham
  • Ricardo Brown
  • Tupac Shakur
Yogi3:55
6."Alright"
  • Jared Gosselin
  • Phillip White
Whitey3:56
7."In and Out of Love (Interlude)"
Winans1:15
8."Dropping out of Love"
  • Pierre
  • Winans
4:18
9."Pretend"
Hudson3:39
10."Spaced Out"
  • Romeo IX
  • James[A]
3:39
11."Act Like You Know"Timbaland2:33
12."Showdown"
  • Dennis
  • Carlos "Los" Coleman
  • Jarod B
Jarod B4:21
13."Ooh Ooh"
  • Marco & Fredro
  • Crawford[A]
4:04
14."Finally Made It (interlude)"
  • Dennis
  • Pierre
  • Jeremy Graham
Yogi2:08
15."Caught Up"
  • Dennis
  • Alex North
  • Brandon Keith
  • Knight
  • Graham
  • Karen Anderson
  • Yogi
  • King
4:26
16."Waiting"
  • Dennis
  • Hunte
  • Antwan Thompson
  • Frank Collins
Thompson3:37
Japan bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Freak"
3:42
18."Ooh La La" (featuring G-Dep)
4:30

Notes

  • ^[A] denotes co-producer

Sample credits

ChartsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 74
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 11

Release historyEdit

Region Date Formats Label
Various November 13, 2007 digital download
Various February 26, 2008

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In and Out of Love – Cheri Dennis". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Portrait of Love – Cheri Dennis". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b Billboard review
  5. ^ a b "Cheri Dennis - In and Out of Love (2008)". soultracks.com. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Cheri Dennis Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Cheri Dennis Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2020.