Complicated (Nivea album)

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Complicated
Nivea - Complicated.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)
Recorded2003–2005
Genre
Length53:13
LabelJive
Producer
Nivea chronology
Nivea
(2001)
Complicated
(2005)
Animalistic
(2006)
Singles from Complicated
  1. "Okay"
    Released: October 19, 2004
  2. "Parking Lot"
    Released: May 3, 2005

Complicated is the second studio album by American singer Nivea, released in the United States on May 3, 2005 on Jive Records. It was primarily produced by her then-husband The-Dream, with additional production from Lil Jon, R. Kelly, Bryan Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri. The album peaked at No. 37 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. Complicated was critically acclaimed, but failed to receive major commercial success, eventually becoming Nivea's lowest selling album to date with 84,000 copies sold in the US.

"Okay", the album's lead single, was already recorded back in 2003. Though it was clear that the track was going to be released as a single, the record company kept it under closure to introduce the upcoming crunk&B style with newcomer Ciara and her "Goodies" track. No other single was released from Complicated due to a recall on the album for having a content-protector and some discs would not play, so Nivea decided to leave Jive Records not long after the album's release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

AllMusic's Andy Kellman was not impressed with Complicated, he wrote that the album "contains a couple should-be successful singles, but it's far too patchy to be considered better than the debut. More sexually upfront and as sweet-voiced as ever, Nivea still needs more than a couple hot producers and guest MCs to truly stick out."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Rain (Interlude)"
The-Dream0:50
2."Complicated"
  • Nivea
  • Nash
The-Dream3:52
3."Okay" (featuring Lil Jon and YoungBloodZ)
4:43
4."Parking Lot"
3:51
5."Fulton County Correctional Call (Interlude)"
  • Nivea
  • Nash
The-Dream1:08
6."I Can't Mess with You" (featuring The-Dream)The Platinum Brothers4:02
7."Breathe (Let It Go)"
  • Nivea
  • Nash
  • Jamil Pierre
  • Deputy
  • Larry "Rock" Campbell[A]
  • The-Dream[A]
4:04
8."Quickie" (featuring Rasheeda)
The Platinum Brothers4:04
9."Indian Dance"
  • Nivea
  • Nash
The-Dream3:50
10."No More"
  • Nivea
  • Chesser
  • Gibbs
The Platinum Brothers3:39
11."Gangsta Girl" (featuring R. Kelly)R. KellyKelly2:56
12."Okay Remix (Red-Cup Version)" (featuring The-Dream)
  • Nivea
  • Nash
  • Smith
  • Hale
The-Dream4:11
13."So Far"
  • Kendall
  • Chesser
  • Gibbs
  • Karl Antoine
  • The Platinum Brothers
  • Karl Antoine[A]
  • Nastacia "Nazz" Kendall[A]
4:02
14."It's All Good"
  • Nivea
  • Nash
The-Dream3:37
15."My Fault (Ghetto Apology)"P.I.M.P.3:58

Notes and sample credits

Personnel[edit]

  • Fletcher Dozier Jr. – guitar
  • Donnie Lyle – guitar
  • Eddie E. Hamilton – guitar
  • Julio Miranda – guitar

Production[edit]

  • Executive producers: Nivea Nash, Terius "The Dream" Nash
  • Producer: Larry "Rock" Campbell, Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, R. Kelly, The Platinum Brothers, Nastacia "Nazz" Kendall, The Dream
  • Vocal assistance: Sakinah Lestage
  • Engineers: Brian Frye, Andy Gallas, Abel Garibaldi, Matthew Malpass, Ian Mereness, Ray Seay, Rich Tapper
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Bearsley, Josh Copp, Jason Mlodzinski, Keith Sengbusch, Rob Skipworth, Adam Smith, Nathan Wheeler
  • Mixing: Leslie Braithwaite, Kevin "KD" Davis, John Frye, Serban Ghenea, Brian Stanley, Phil Tan
  • Mixing assistance: Warren Bletcher, Kris Lewis
  • Mastering: Tom Coyne
  • A&R: Larry "Rock" Campbell, Wayne Williams
  • Design: Larry "Rock" Campbell
  • Art direction: Elisa Garcia, Denise Trorman
  • Photography: Jonathan Mannion

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 37
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[3] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. Complicated at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Nivea Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Nivea Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2015.