How I Do

ResJanuary 1, 2001
Neo-Soul℗ 2001 Geffen Records
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How I Do is the debut studio album by recording artist Res. It was released on 26 June 2001 and spent nine weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, with the singles "Golden Boys" and "They-Say Vision" also charting.

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Golden Boys4:39
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They-Say Vision3:35
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700 Mile Situation4:10
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Ice King4:46
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Sittin' Back4:05
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How I Do3:59
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If There Ain't Nothing3:24
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The Hustler3:48
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I've Known The Garden3:38
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Let Love3:53
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Tsunami7:48
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Additional Information

Total length
47:50
Tracks
11
Released
January 1, 2001
Label
℗ 2001 Geffen Records
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
Alice Smith has the voice of a soul singer: a four-octave range and remarkable control, versatility, and emotion. And yet, or maybe because of this, her songs hardly fall into the soul, or even neo-soul, category. Instead, they circle from rock to blues to pop to R&B to jazz, never settling fully into one before a new chord, a new phrase, or a new verse will change the feel completely. "Woodstock," for example, starts off with a soft organ and an India.Arie-esque guitar, then switches a funk groove for the chorus, "then" segues to the verse with the band quoting "Blister in the Sun," and yet somehow still works really, really well. In fact, the music and the production on all of For Lovers, Dreamers & Me are fantastic, intricate, and layered while still retaining individual instrumental subtleties (the plucked strings on "Fake Is the New Real," the forlorn trumpet in the chorus of "Desert Song"), adding the right amount of whimsy, ingenuity, passion, and technique to accent Smith's voice perfectly. Because it is her voice that makes her debut so compelling and fantastic. It's commanding, almost explosive in "New Religion"; it moves around in its lower register with grace and agility on "Love Endeavor"; it's sultry and sad in "Do I," suspended over high notes and sunk calmly around the bass as if it doesn't even notice where it is, what it's been doing. Yet clearly it's focused, and its movements are anything but arbitrary. Smith is more than aware of the power she houses in her chest and throat, and when long smooth tones don't do quite enough to convey the sadness or anger or passion or regret in her lyrics, she isn't afraid to spit or growl or slur if that's what it takes to get her point across. And so while overall For Lovers, Dreamers & Me may be positive and confident and even sentimental at times, there's the everyday human struggle, the pain of love, the falsity in contemporary society, within it as well. That added introspection makes it more than just a warm, thoughtful album; it also gives it an element of timelessness. It's an excellent record, from the harmonies to the instrumentation to the changes in dynamics and everything in between, an impressive debut from an impressive and talented musician.
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