The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind CD

The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind CDThe Foreign Exchange
Label: Foreign Exchange Music
Year: 2008
Price: $14.95
Format: CD

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The Foreign Exchange began with Phonte and Nicolay collaborating online and via IM - they actually completed their debut album before actually having met each other face to face. ''Connected,'' was released in 2004 and is now considered nothing less than a hip hop classic. ''Leave It All Behind'' finds The Foreign Exchange much closer in geography (Nicolay has since become a resident of Wilmington, NC), but [please note: this is from the label's one-sheet] located much further from their hip-hop origins. The duos' second full-length is a dark, multilayered affair that features Phonte showcasing his abilities as an exceptional lead and harmony vocalist, while Nicolay extends his musical palette to include sprinklings of jazz, downtempo, house and more. The lush, Darien Brockington-assisted ''Take Off the Blues'' picks up where Connected's sleeper hit ''Come Around'' left off, while the complex polyrhythm and dreamy synthesizers of ''Sweeter Than You'' are described by Phonte as ''swing jazz for the next century''. Marc Mac (of legendary UK production team 4hero), also contributes a string arrangement to the duo's glorious cover of Stevie Wonder's oft-forgotten 1991 gem, ''If She Breaks Your Heart''. In addition to appearances from longtime FE affiliates Darien Brockington and Yahzarah, the album also features guest shots from producer/keyboardist Zo! and the fast rising star that is vocalist Muhsinah. ''Leave It All Behind'' features a beautifully crafted high resolution 2CD digipack with an in depth booklet containing lyrics, photos and more. Plus included only in the physical CD release (not digital) is the bonus disc with the full instrumental version of the album.

2.Take Off The Blues
3.All Or Nothing / Coming Home To You
4.I Wanna Know
5.House Of Cards
6.Sweeter Than You
8.If She Breaks Your Heart
9.If This Is Love
10.Something To Behold
11.Leave It All Behind

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Straight up R&B shit!!, December 12, 2008
By: Gfunk - See all my reviews

I just copped both foreign exchange albums, not really realizing what I was getting into. I thought it would be mellow vibed hip-hop, which it is, I just can't hang with all the R&B hooks and shit. I can't really see myself playing this stuff unless it was on the late night tip, but props to Nicolay on some dope production (even if it's not my speed) and Phonte for expresing a different side than we are used to, I just can't get passed what I would describe as heavy R&B influence. This album was worth buying mainly for the instros though for me. Super chilled out sleepy beats I'm really feeling on their own!

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