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TGJ Replay: Amerie ‘Touch’

Published: Wednesday 3rd Apr 2013 by Rashad

Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.  So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits.  Today, we’ll reach out and touch the play button on Amerie‘s best-seller – 2005’s ‘Touch’

After the warm reception of her 2002 Gold-certified debut ‘All I Have’, R&B singer Amerie Rogers reached out to Rich Harrison for a redo. As fans know, Harrison acted as the primary contributor (on the production front) to ‘Have’ – lending his signature hard hitting and D.C.-centralized “go-go” sound to the songbird’s mellow grooves.

What the two cooked up would go on to be the chanteuse’s most prized offering to date – her sophomore album ‘Touch’. Led by the single ‘1 Thing’, the album was given a dynamic launch after actor Will Smith tapped the songstress to include the song as the lead single from his ‘Hitch‘ movie soundtrack…

‘1 Thing’

The result of which saw the tune explode onto charts – eventually peaking in Billboard’s top 10 (her only top 10 to date). The video (and those legs) landed Miss Rogers in mention with the genre’s top divas and brought D.C.’s long “underground” go-go sound to the masses.

‘Talkin About’

But, while the funky ‘1 Thing’ and ‘Talkin About’ combo were drenched in go-go stylings, the rest of the album was signature ‘Amerie’ – rhythmic, urban pop decorated by her harmonic layering . Swiftly becoming a critic favorite and hoping to capitalize on the momentum of the ‘Crunk’ movement of the day, Amerie tapped T.I. and Lil’ Jon for ‘1 Thing’s banging follow-up ‘Touch’

‘Touch’ (title track)

While ‘Touch’ didn’t exactly touch Billboard charts in the way its predecessor did, it still showcased a new Amerie – sexy, confident, and upped her diva game on stage.

‘1 Thing’ (World Music Awards)

To date the album remains a fan favorite, despite barely passing Gold status. While some thought it would signal brighter days ahead for the songstress, a number of label dramas caused the delay and/or consequent dismissal (from buyers) of the two efforts that followed it.

‘Come With Me’

Either way, ‘Touch’ is still on constantly play here at TGJ HQ nearly a decade after its release. As we anxiously await news on her serially delayed ‘Cymatika’ album, we will play jams like ‘Rolling Down My Face’ and ‘Falling’ with hopes that even if the new project is EDM dominated (as reports indicate), that she sneaks in a few Urban pop numbers like this…

‘All I Need’


 

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  1. King B>Rihanna April 3, 2013

    yes Amerie was a bad b****. It is really so sad that her career is non-existent..she was talented, fresh and she made R&B more exciting.

    • YES April 3, 2013

      Touch (the album + single) are LIFE! <3

  2. slutty boy April 3, 2013

    yasss love amerie. love her hair her nose job her legs. b**** is fierce!!

  3. Haw April 3, 2013

    I do really love her and this album!!
    She is one of the most underrated singer!!
    I got this album and Because I Love It, In Love & War.

  4. my forehead tho April 3, 2013

    This article is crazy. It’s like looking at the future from the past. If TGJ still does “TGJ replay” in the next 3 to 4 years, when they cover Rihanna and her songs, I wonder how many people will remember her or them.

    My guess is kinda and only ‘Umbrella’..thanks to Jay Z.

    • Navy Sailor!!! April 3, 2013

      B**** you STAY pressed. How about you discuss the topic at hand instead of bringing your fave RIH into it???!

    • Mark111 April 3, 2013

      TGJ better hope that people remembers this site in the next 3 to 4 years. Are people still saying that Rihanna is only hot right now? After 8 years, 12 #1’s and counting and I lost count on top 10’s and 40’s, I think it’s in the late 30’s mark. Y’all better hope that Adele can repeat on her next album or Swift will be around 3 to 4 years. Cause we all know that good girl image only last so long (Brandy, Hilary Duff) Rihanna hasn’t even peaked yet, she still has a long way to go and THATS why you haters are mad.

      • OK April 3, 2013

        Adele will probably be the next Norah Jones, and I think that Taylor’s gimmick of hooking up with and quickly dumping famous guys so that she can write break-up songs about them will finally wear thin once she hits her mid-20s.

  5. Owww April 3, 2013

    My favorite album from Amerie, she is to talents, sings, dances arranges, writes & produces alot of her material and she is a very well spoken woman! Its a shame that she didnt get a chance to blow up. She has the look and her stage performance is great. I have all of her cd’s and she doesnt disappoint and i like the fact that she steps out of her comfort zone with her music. Versatility is key.

  6. DISTINGUISHED April 3, 2013

    This is an amazing album! I am eager to hear new music from her…

  7. POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) April 3, 2013

    she’s def better than the “trainwreck” , that’s why she copied her swag for that mixtape filled with ghetto anthems , i forgot what it’s name , in which she copied everyone’s style from JLO , Shakira all the way to amerie ! can’t remember it’s name.

    Yes , G’s Day.

    Touch >>>

    • Suicide Blonde April 3, 2013

      Lol.

  8. Dev April 3, 2013

    Her debut was her best album, and the nose job messed with her vocals

    • Owwwww April 3, 2013

      WTF! Have several! LOL! “The nose job messed with her vocals” getcholife

  9. Mark111 April 3, 2013

    I bought this album and blasted it that whole summer of 05. Ciara was dried up by that summer, Rihanna was setting flame later that summer, Bey was back in DC, so she wasn’t making noise alone. Amerie was the talk that summer. But I can’t hate, 2005 was Mariah’s comeback year and We Belong Together was a MONSTER on the charts and radio that summer.

  10. HOWYOULIKEIT April 3, 2013

    Because i love it was even better than this album. But people didnt care anymore. Dont know waht happened to her.

  11. Gabriel April 4, 2013

    I have this album since was released and I always listen to it!
    It’s an mazing album! One of the best of last decade! It has the hot Funk, Soul, Old School influences mixing withe the hot contemporary R&B and Hip Hop music. The voice, the talent and the beauty of Amerie makes it even more atractive!!! Amazing!!!

  12. number1k9 April 6, 2013

    I actually own the HARD COPY of this album. I hated “1 Thing” at first but the song def grew on me. Great song to this day!

    Such a shame that “Touch” did not blow up as a followup single, that song was hot even without the T.I. single!

    Other songs I liked from the album: “1 Thing” [Remix f/ Eve], “All I Need,” and “Not The Only One.”

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