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Timeless Journey is the fifteenth solo studio release by Patti LaBelle and her first release off Def Soul Classics notable for the hit songs "New Day" and "2 Steps Away". It was also one of her most successful albums reaching number five on the R&B albums chart and hitting the top 20 on the Billboard 200.

Timeless Journey
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2004
Recorded2003–2004
GenreR&B, pop, adult contemporary
LabelDef Jam
ProducerJ. Moss
Patti LaBelle chronology
When a Woman Loves
(2000)
Timeless Journey
(2004)
Classic Moments
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
People2.5/4 stars[3]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[4]

BackgroundEdit

By 2002, Patti LaBelle had been with MCA Records for seventeen years. The label had helped to increase LaBelle's popularity with both pop and R&B audiences resulting in 2 platinum album and four subsequent gold-selling follow-ups. However, LaBelle's last album with the label, 2000's solemnly-produced When a Woman Loves failed to generate a hit record or even go gold. In 2003, MCA Records was absorbed by Geffen Records. As a result, LaBelle signed with The Island Def Jam Music Group's Def Soul Classics division, joining The Isley Brothers as the two first acts on Antonio "L.A." Reid's new Def Jam imprint. LaBelle went to work on her new album in 2003 and by 2004, LaBelle and Def Jam released Timeless Journey. By the end of the year the album went gold with sales shipping past the 500,000 mark.

ReleaseEdit

Fueled by the release of LaBelle's first hit single in seven years, "New Day", the album eventually did well on the pop and R&B charts reaching number 18 on the former and number 5 on the latter. However, LaBelle and Def Jam fell into problems immediately after its release. Shortly after releasing 2005's Classic Moments, LaBelle told reporters that she was "unceremoniously" kicked out of the label by Reid. After a public spat, Reid renegotiated a new contract with LaBelle in 2007 releasing a Christmas album. Though the album did go gold, it did receive some popularity. Five years later, the ballad "2 Steps Away", written by Philadelphia songwriter and friend Jon DeLise, was featured on Dancing with the Stars. Two Steps Away also aired multiple times on "So you think you can dance" among other network shows and was re-released on the Care for Haiti compilation with notable artists such as Wycleaf Jean and Natasha Beddingfield. The success of the song eventually helped it reach Billboard's Digital Singles chart, her first charted single on that chart. "New Day" topped the Billboard Hot Dance Songs chart in 2004.

Track listingEdit

  1. "More Than Material" (LaBelle, James Moss)
  2. "It's Time" (Dinky Bingham, Jimi Kendrixx, LaBelle, Connie McKendrick, Shawn Smith)
  3. "New Day" (LaBelle, Pierre Medor, Dwayne Nesmith, Tiffany Palmer, Carlos Ricketts, Jason Rome)
  4. "Something More" (Gordon Chambers, Ezekiel Lewis, Troy Taylor)
  5. "Sometimes Love" (Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds)
  6. "Hear My Cry" (Marsha Ambrosius, Darren Henson, LaBelle, Keith Pelzer, Natalie Stewart)
  7. "Good Lovin'" (Tanesha Blacks Jackson, Myia Davis, Shanell Irving, Trey Neverson, Troy Taylor)
  8. "MM, MM, MM" (Mary Brown, Sheldon Goode, LaBelle, Sami McKinney, Francci Richard)
  9. "Not Right But Real" (Sheldon Goode, LaBelle, Sami McKinney, Omari Dlamini)
  10. "2 Steps Away" (Jonathan DeLise, LaBelle)
  11. "Finally Got the Nerve"(Miri Ben-Ari, LaBelle, Matt McCarrin, Bunny Sigler)
  12. "Unpredictable" (Dinky Bingham, Nelly Furtado, Jimi Kendrixx, LaBelle, Connie McKendrick, Sami McKinney, Shawn Smith)
  13. "When You Smile" (Patti LaBelle, Sami McKinney, K.C. Porter, Andrew Snook, Omari Dlamini)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 18[5]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Feliciano, Kristina (2004-05-07). "Reviews of Timeless Journey and Lionel Richie's Just for You". Entertainment Weekly: 84. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  3. ^ People review
  4. ^ USA Today review
  5. ^ a b Timeless Journey - Patti LaBelle Billboard.com. Retrieved 10-2-10.