Review: Danny Boy – Danny Boy

The Danny Boy – Danny Boy album is one of those perfect albums for when you and/or your lover is a romantic mood. Danny Boy is known for his soulful romantic mood ballads as that is what he was primarily known for back in the 90s. The Jodeci styled production sound can be heard all over this album which is no surprise because DeVante Swing produced 3 songs on this album. The mood for this album is relaxing.

The album features pre-recorded songs from the 1990s with contributed production from DJ Quik, DeVante Swing, and Dimitrius Shipp. Jodeci member DeVante Swing produced songs such as If U Don’t Mind, It’s All About You, and Just Ride. DJ Quik definitely had a hand in all of the production to his album. The album was recorded during the analog days from tape into the console and other keyboard gear. That’s why that album sounds how it does.

The Danny Boy – Danny Boy album was slated to be the best R&B/soul albums of 1996. However that did not happen due to label politics and surrounding legal drama. It was due to changes in musical styles and piss poor marketing skills the album was constantly pushed back and remained unreleased for 14 years until 2010 when WIDEAwake acquired the album rights from the Death Row Records company for a high bid from a 2008 auction when the company’s assets were being sold to various record companies such as Koch Records, Interscope, and E1.

If Death Row had released this album in 1996 when it would have gained more popularity and recognition then it wouldn’t sound as old. Dr. Dre should have been a producer on this album. We need his voice in R&B/Soul today because most R&B/Soul sucks today. The New Jack Swing era was long over at the time this album was released.

It’s Over Now was a smooth R&B solo hit for Danny Boy back in the 90s. It instantly won him over many fans on an international scale across the globe. It was included on this album, the Gridlock’d soundtrack, and It’s Over Now. Babyface had also co-wrote this song.

The song is about a smooth man comforting a female. This is song is so comforting towards females whom had been done wrong in some many ways and a guy is there for them. He motivates them to move on from whatever the situation is at hand. Three words to describe this song are comforting, smoothing, and motivating.

Danny can see the pain on her face as indicated in the lyrics. Read the lyrics to Verse 1.

[Verse 1]
I can tell that you’re worried
It’s written on your face
And it tells your story
Girl, I can feel your pain
It’s unspeakable what he did to you
He don’t deserve one bit of you
Girl, we’re walking out, it’s time we’re through
He might as well get over you

Lyrics to the bridge explain how some women don’t recognize that they can’t survive without their man when in reality these women can survive without their man. All they have to do is have some will power to get the respect back in their lives.

Some women don’t recognize
They don’t exist (Oh, they don’t)
They feel like that they can’t survive without their man
It’s time we all realize it’s not worth it if you treat it so bad
Lift up your head, show somebody
Get back the respect in your life (Re)

Come When I Call is an original Danny Boy song with a Michael Henderson sample used. Come When I Call samples Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You. Come When I Call was used on the soundtrack for the 1994 movie Murder Was The Case. The song was also used as a promo single too.

Come When I Call is a perverted love song about a girl who has sex with all the guys. She is on a date and this guy is trying to get with her. Pleasing her sexual desires (making her cum) is his only mission. The lyrics tell it all.

[Verse 1]
Chi-town winds blow so cold
I can’t imagine not having somebody to hold
But in the nick of time girl, you knocking at my door
So come on in take off your blouse
No need to panic ’cause this is my house
Climb in my bed, leave your clothes on the floor
Now I may be very young
But I’ll get you sprung, if you let me play with your pearl tongue
(‘Cause that the way I feel about ya’)
‘Cause that’s the way I feel about you
I can’t deny, I might decide to lick between your thighs
Girl you good like the Chronic
I swear you get me so high

I can’t control this pleasure now
I got to have you in every position
So turn down the lights, baby come close
To make you cum is my only mission

Beautiful Lady was produced by Devante Swing of Jodeci. The song was beautifully arranged and sung. Danny Boy did a wonderful job singing with K-Ci. This song was a hit which won him over many fans on an international scale across the globe.

The song takes place in March of 1995. Danny Boy was high. A beautiful lady spoke to Danny Boy. She then turned and walked away. He hasn’t seen her since that day. Danny wonders where she went as he hope it’s near and not that far. Hey beautiful lady.

It’s All About U sounds like a Jodeci song which makes sense because Devante Swing produced the song. The Vocoder (voice box) used in the middle of the song is what makes the song very hot and steamy. I know that sounds outdated but understand it’s a 90s song. Devante Swing produced and arranged a genius breakdown at the 2:12 mark. The song was recorded during the analog days from tape into the console and other keyboard gear. That’s why that song sounds the way it does.

Slip N Slide is a syrupy slow jam accompanied by uptempo beats. Yet the song feels so midtempo. Slip N Slide is an original Danny Boy song.

The G-Funk Remix of Steppin’ called Steppin’ [G-Funk Remix] was a reprise to Something to the Mood and was produced by DJ Quik and G1. The song is a smooth upbeat soul song perfect for a late night.

Take My Breath Away is Danny Boy’s magnificent cover of Norman Connors – You Take My Breath Away. The song uses a smooth jazzy upbeat sound which is nice because the song fits Danny Boy’s persona and image. DJ Quik and G1 produced Take My Breath Away. DJ Quik’s leaves much to be desired and cherished.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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