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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Before Dark: Daydreamin' (RCA, 2000)

Another slept-on R&B group from the late 90s-early 2000s, this time on RCA Records who it seems have shelved more albums than I have books. Unlike Ericka Yancey though, at least this trio, from South Central L.A., got their album released. Alas, it was not without its setback. After the failure of the group's two singles, the project didn't see the light of day until about mid 2000, about a year after it was originally set to be released. This was due, in part, to the moderate success of the group's third single Monica, which was their first to chart inside the top 100. Production comes from a variety of big-name producers at the time - including Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart, Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs and Kandi Burruss - so it fits in nicely with other urban cross-over stuff from that era. The album had all the right formula for a hit but as I said before, the early 2000s were a loss for many female R&B groups due to the then-increasing popularity of Destiny's Child. Sadly Before Dark faded away as with the rest of them and RCA closed their urban division altogether in 2001.
    Jazzy Interlude - Going To The Movies 2:06
    How Could You 2:48
    Monica 4:05
    As Far As They Know 3:35
    Baby 3:48
    Always On My Mind 4:29
    It's All About You 4:25
    Interlude: In The Bathroom - Given So Much 1:39
    Come Correct 4:17
    Tough Love 3:56
    Daydream 3:59
    She (Could Never Be Me) [LP Version] 5:22
    Push N Shove 4:36
    Back Around 3:36
    Outro: Leaving The Movies 1:40