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Labelle Rolls Out New Single, Album Cover & Tracklist

labelle_back_to_now.jpg As its been widely reported, Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash are back together as Labelle, and they can be found in all of their feathered, bedazzled and synthetic hair-wearing glory on the cover of their new album, Back to Now. I don't know about anyone else, but I think I found the inspiration for my Halloween costume this year. And I'll be getting my groove on to Back to Now while I get dressed because the CD hits stores on October 21st, and if the first single, "Rollout," is any indication these classics may have another one on their hands. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this song as I much as I do, but once the bouncy reggae-tinged track hit my ears I couldn't stop from shaking my shimmy. I hear a little Auto-Tune in use, but I'm going to cut Patti and nem some slack because they can actually sing unlike most who rely on the program. Wyclef Jean co-wrote/co-produced the song and contributes some vocals to the track as well. Other contributors to the new album include Lenny Kravitz and Gamble and Huff, and the full tracklisting can be found after the bounce. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to press play again. This is my jam!

Labelle feat. Wyclef Jean: "Rollout"

Labelle Back to Now tracklist:


1. Candlelight (Nona Hendryx) Producer: Lenny Kravitz
2. Rollout featuring Wyclef Jean (Wyclef Jean, Jerry Duplessis, Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash) Producer: Wyclef Jean & Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis
3. Superlover (Nona Hendryx, Camus Celli, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash)
Producer: Lenny Kravitz
4. System (Nona Hendryx)
Producer: Lenny Kravitz
5. The Truth Will Set You Free (Borden, Keck, Moore, Murdock, Kennedy, Seay)
Producer: Kenneth Gamble
6. Without You in My Life (Nona Hendryx, Kenneth Gamble, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash)
Producer: Kenneth Gamble
7. Tears for the World (Kenneth Gamble, Leon A. Huff, Patti LaBelle) Producer: Kenneth Gamble & Leon A. Huff
8. Dear Rosa (Roni Morgan, Michael Waters, Nona Hendryx)
Producer: Nona Hendryx
9. How Long (Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash)
Producer: Kenneth Gamble
10. Miss Otis Regrets (Cole Porter) Producer: Kit Lambert

Back to Now Available on 10/21 [Amazon]


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15 Responses

  1. wow. that surprised me. i was planning to get this record sight unseen (hearing unheard?). anyway, it's nice! thematically, "Rollout" is a nice 2008 update to "Get You Somebody New." as for the cover, i dunno . . . it's a bit extra. that look doesn't seem as natural as the outlandish stuff they used to wear. it sounds funny saying that. i mean, these are not the same women from 1974. i'll give 'em pass though. i'm just glad to have 'em back.

  2. Hair Wars: Attack of the Weaves!
    Hair covered collars and sleeves. Who did the costumes? That guy from last year's Project Runway? Lawd, that cover is fantastically LaBelle.
    About the track, I wish there was no auto-tune, but other than that it's fun!

  3. Sounds good , it's better then I expected.

  4. I am just a bit curious...She was dating with a black man on b l a c k c e n t u r y.comm last week. I heard that she is interested in interracial relationship. Maybe this is the reason why she was there!

  5. Well those girls were never known for their low-key natural looks!
    Ladies!

  6. I could really see this becoming a huge radio hit, and i hope it does.

  7. Where's the disco beat? Where's the energy? This sounds like a digitized WHYclef throwaway! He tapped more into his style than their personality. I hope there are some TIMBALAND tracks (or remixes). He'd dig deep into his inner woman and bring them up some fierce beats! Love the cover they look great! Nice 2000s update!

  8. This is going to sound wierd, but it reminded me of Cher's song, "Do you bieleve in love?" with that disco, techno (even though his was reggae-ish) beat.

  9. Timbaland's inner woman? I just imagined him in Patti's outfit.
    Woah.

  10. lenny and labelle...i just died and went to retro heaven.

  11. Personally I just hope the other tracks sound better than Rollout. Sorry, as much as I love Labelle I'm not totally feeling this song. I'm over the auto-tune sound.

  12. Wow... Me no likey... What a letdown compared to the energy of their hits from the past. Whats up w/ the played out vocoder? This is so yucky... I hope the rest of the tracks are much better and more energetic. The vocals are strong, but the music and the chorus... let down. I never loved Wycleff as a producer... and this is definitely not the big comeback first single. Ptuey... blah... blah!!

  13. I love Cleff, Love Labelle even more! Love this song a lot less. What are they doing with these Divas?! This track is like putting sirloin on a grill cheese or putting three 10 carat diamonds in a faux gold setting! To autotune Patty Labelle is is punishable by b*tch-slap in 48 of the fifty states!

  14. I love the cover..... It's very Nightbirds 2008. Nona said they would not be wearing the old outfits but this is very close. I live for the feathers. I bet they were singing Messin With My Mind. This is magik in the making. I hope this album does well. I would love to see LaBelle on tour. I know a lot of people are not feelin Roll Out but there are a lot of people that love it. I still think the label could do more promotion. I am ver excited to hear Miss Otis and Dear Rosa. I cannot wait to hear the full version of Candlelight and Superlover. Roll out is a fun track and I like it a lot. I wanted to hear ?Mighty Real and I did think they would come a lil funkier but if the women did not like it they would not have recorded it. Hell it was written by Nona. I hope people give these women a chance its a new sound from Labelle

  15. I downloaded the cd from Itunes and I must say I LOVE it. Roll Out isn't on the CD but was replaced with Might Real which is awesome. Out of all the tracks on the CD, I think they could have left Roll Out off. Miss Rosa is awesome. It had me in tears. I'm so glad they are back and hope they continue. Not feeling Roll Out.



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