Kevin Lyttle (album)

Kevin Lyttle is the debut studio album by Vincentian singer Kevin Lyttle. The album was released in 2004 and included the hit "Turn Me On", which went to top 5 in many countries worldwide.

Kevin Lyttle
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 2004
Recorded2003–2004
Genre
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Kevin Lyttle chronology
Kevin Lyttle
(2004)
Fyah
(2008)
Singles from Kevin Lyttle
  1. "Turn Me On"
    Released: October 13, 2003
  2. "Last Drop"
    Released: 2004

Album informationEdit

The album was produced by a team of various producers, including Salaam Remi and Troy Taylor. It includes Lyttle's biggest hit "Turn Me On" and the second single "Last Drop", both recorded with contribution from Jamaica dancehall artist Spragga Benz, and the cover version of "Sign Your Name" by Terence Trent D'Arby. On some US releases, the song "So High" is replaced with "Dance with Me", featuring Trey Songz, who also delivers guest vocals in "Call Me".

The album entered the Billboard albums chart at number 8, selling 84,000 copies,[1] and would eventually be certified gold. As of January 2009, it has sold 375,000 copies in the US.[2] The album also charted within top 10 of Swiss albums chart and reached number 12 in Japan, but was met with only modest success elsewhere.

SinglesEdit

"Turn Me On" was released as the first single in 2003, meeting with a worldwide success at the turn of 2003 and 2004 and placing within top 10 in no less than fifteen countries, including number 1 in Denmark. "Last Drop" followed as the second single in 2004 and although did not repeat the success of "Turn Me On", it still was a top 40 hit in Australia and a number of European countries. "I Got It" was planned as next single, supported by a big promotion,[3] however, "Drive Me Crazy" was released instead in October 2004, with "I Got It" following in January 2005. None of the two latter singles charted.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
BillboardFavorable[5]
The Boston GlobeFavorable[6]
The Daily TelegraphFavorable[7]
Entertainment WeeklyC[8]
The Guardian     [9]
The New York TimesMixed[10]

Kevin Lyttle received mixed to favorable reviews. Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe described the album as "a sharply melodic and consistently engaging set of songs...a buoyant mix of soca, dancehall, modern reggae, and American R&B and soul".[6] Tom Horan of The Daily Telegraph described the album as "beautifully judged," comparing Lyttle's voice to Marvin Gaye.[7] AllMusic writer David Jeffries rated the album three stars out of five, stating "Lyttle's breezy and dreamy voice supplies the flair, lilting lightly over a musical background that is as sparkling as it is limited".[4]

The New York Times music critic Kelefa Sanneh described it as "a lightweight but appealing collection of dance tracks, with precise digital beats that sound oddly similar to some European pop" while conceding: "...the songwriting isn't always very interesting, and Mr. Lyttle's voice sometimes seems less expressive than the computers that filter it."[10] Grading the album with a "C" for Entertainment Weekly, Neil Drumming characterized Lyttle's singing as a "weak, whiny wavelength that, at its very best moment ('So High'), mocks Al Green's vulnerable texture."[8]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Turn Me On"3:14
2."Last Drop" (featuring Spragga Benz)3:20
3."Never Wanna Make U Cry"3:36
4."If You Want Me (Call Me)"3:46
5."I Got It"3:30
6."Sign Your Name"4:24
7."Screaming Out My Name" (featuring Assassin)3:14
8."My Lady"3:32
9."Ya Kiss"3:32
10."So High"3:25
11."Dancing Like Making Love"3:12
12."My Loved"3:45
13."Mama Mia" (featuring Spragga Benz)4:23
14."Turn Me On (Remix)" (featuring Spragga Benz)3:22
Alternate edition
No.TitleLength
1."Turn Me On"3:14
2."Last Drop" (featuring Spragga Benz)3:20
3."Never Wanna Make U Cry"3:36
4."Call Me"3:45
5."I Got It" (featuring Spragga Benz)3:39
6."Sign Your Name"4:23
7."Screaming Out My Name" (featuring Assassin)3:14
8."My Lady"3:32
9."Ya Kiss"3:32
10."Dance with Me" (featuring Trey Songz)3:31
11."Dancing Like Making Love"3:12
12."My Love"3:45
13."Drive Me Crazy" (featuring Mr. Easy)3:48
14."Mama Mia" (featuring Spragga Benz)4:23
15."Turn Me On (Remix)" (featuring Spragga Benz)3:22

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ a b David Jeffries. "Kevin Lyttle - Kevin Lyttle". AllMusic. www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  5. ^ Hall, Rashaun (August 14, 2004), "Essential Reviews: Kevin Lyttle, Kevin Lyttle", Billboard, vol. 116, no. 33, p. 44, archived from the original on 2004-08-10, retrieved 2018-07-29
  6. ^ a b Capobianco, Ken (13 August 2004). "Kevin Lyttle: Kevin Lyttle". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b Horan, Tom (24 May 2004). "Pop CDs of the week: The Real Tuesday Weld, Kevin Lyttle and more". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b Drumming, Neil (9 July 2004). "Music review: Kevin Lyttle". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (21 May 2004). "Kevin Lyttle, Kevin Lyttle". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2004-11-13. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  10. ^ a b Sanneh, Kelefa (19 July 2004). "Computer-Generated Falsetto And Perhaps Soca's Big Break". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 172.
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