...If I Ever Fall in Love

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...If I Ever Fall in Love
Shai - ...If I Ever Fall in Love.jpg
Studio album by Shai
Released December 22, 1992
Recorded 1991–92
Genre R&B
Length 49:00
Label MCA
Producer Carl "Groove" Martin, Marc Gay, Darnell VanRensalier
Shai chronology
...If I Ever Fall in Love
(1992)
Right Back at Cha
(1993)Right Back at Cha1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

...If I Ever Fall in Love is the debut album of American R&B group Shai, released December 22, 1992, on MCA Records. It was produced by group members Carl "Groove" Martin and Darnell Van Rensalier.

The album produced three hit singles, "If I Ever Fall in Love", "Comforter", and "Baby I'm Yours". On January 13, 1994, ...If I Ever Fall in Love was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of two million copies in the United States.[5] Although it performed well commercially, the album received generally mixed reviews from music critics.

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars and complimented its "crisp, precise harmonies that imply explosive vocal power but display few pyrotechnics", adding that "Shai joins the spiritual yearnings of Take Six with the secular pull of Boyz II Men".[4] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly found its hip hop and new jack swing-oriented songs "fussy [and] unconvincing", but praised the group's crooning and stated, "They wrap their voices like a thick shag carpet around the choruses of the album's languorous, starry-eyed ballads".[3]

However, in his consumer guide for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau gave the album a B- rating and named it "dud of the month",[2] indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought".[6] Christgau found the group's singing "indifferent" and panned them as having "no class and no sense of humor; they're too smarmy and too slow", adding that "They epitomize the difference between seduction and betrayal--between shared lie and imposed illusion, rascal and bounder, rogue and complete asshole. There's not a winning wink on the entire album";[2] in a retrospective review, Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars and stated, "Apart from the gorgeous title track, most of the material on ...If I Ever Fall in Love is underdeveloped; although Shai sound terrific, their material doesn't match their vocal talents".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Sexual Interlude" 2:15
2. "Comforter" 4:10
3. "If I Ever Fall in Love" (Remix) 4:49
4. "Sexual" 5:31
5. "Together Forever" 5:14
6. "If I Ever Fall in Love" (Original a cappella version) 3:09
7. "Flava" 3:52
8. "Baby I'm Yours" 4:34
9. "Waiting for the Day" 4:45
10. "Changes" 4:30
11. "Don't Wanna Play" 5:06
12. "Lord I've Come" 0:57

Personnel[edit]

Credits for ...If I Ever Fall in Love adapted from Allmusic.[7]

  • Bill Appleberry – Keyboards
  • Paul Brown – Engineer, Mixing
  • Jeff Carruthers – Programming
  • Mario Castellanos – Photography
  • Jim Ebert – Mixing
  • James Elliott – Production Coordination
  • Marc Gay – Keyboards, Producer
  • Eric Greedy – Assistant Engineer
  • Steve Hall – Mastering
  • Kevin Levi – Saxophone
  • Carl "Groove" Martin – Keyboards, Producer, Programming
  • Ken Schubert – Engineer
  • Darnell VanRensalier – Drum Programming, Keyboards, Producer
  • Cyndra Williams – Make-Up

Singles[edit]

  • If I Ever Fall In Love - September 10, 1992 [8]
  • Comforter - January 19, 1993 [9]
  • Baby I'm Yours - May 11, 1993 [10]
  • Together Forever - November 2, 1993 [11]

Formats[edit]

  • Cassette – December 22, 1992, MCA
  • Vinyl – December 29, 1992, MCA
  • Europe CD – January 26, 1993, Universal
  • Cassette – March 10, 1993, MCA
  • UK CD – March 24, 1997, Universal
  • Japan CD – December 2, 2003, Victor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (August 1, 2003). ...If I Ever Fall in Love - Shai: Review. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  2. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (April 6, 1993). Consumer Guide Apr. 6, 1993. The Village Voice. Village Voice Media. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  3. ^ a b Browne, David (January 29, 1993). ...If I Ever Fall in Love Review | Music Reviews and News. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  4. ^ a b Shai - ...If I Ever Fall In Love CD Album. Muze. CD Universe. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  5. ^ RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 15, 2000). CG 90s: Key to Icons. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  7. ^ ...If I Ever Fall in Love - Shai: Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  8. ^ "Shai If I Ever Fall in Love: Music". Amazon.com. 1992-12-22. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  9. ^ "Comforter: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. ^ "Baby I'm Yours: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Together Forever: Music". Amazon.com. 1993-11-02. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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