Pru is the debut studio album by American singer Pru. It was released on November 7, 2000, through Capitol Records. Reviews of the album were generally positive, singling out in particular its composition and Pru’s voice. The album peaked at number 176 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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Pru is the debut studio album by American singer Pru. It was released on November 7, 2000, through Capitol Records. Pru collaborated with Ben Garrison, the Characters, and Rick Williams on the album. Reviews of the album were generally positive, singling out in particular its composition and Pru’s voice. The album peaked at number 176 on the Billboard 200 chart, an achievement made possible in part by an intensive marketing strategy devised by Capitol Records executives. Two singles were released to positive reviews, with one reaching number 68 on the Hot R&BHip-Hop Songs Billboard chart and the other reaching number 16 on the Top R&b/Hip hop Songs chart. Pru has described her music as a form of poetry, citing the album track \”Hazy Shades\” as an example of a poem turned into a song. She said that she wanted her songs to bring variety to contemporary R& B, and described the material as the opposite of the formulaic music typically found on radio. The opening track, \”Prophecy of a Flower\”, is the album’s focal point, saying that \”everything else falls a little to the left and to the right of that\”. The song’s lyrics incorporate words from the he loves me…
he love me not game. The second track, \”183 Miles\”, combines hip hop and country music, its lyrics revolving around a love story, and features the titular object, the Tears of My Tears. The single, \”Candles’, was a direct inspiration for the single The Miracles’ 1965 song The Tracks of My Tracks. Pru said that the meaning of the title, ‘I could smell you coming’ derived from an old southern saying: ‘I didn’t doubt him from one day to the next’ The single’s message, however, was diverging from the message on the song’s fourth track, ‘Aaroma’, as Pru described the song as offering a’sexy challenge’ to the listener. Pru is only credited for co-writing on twelve of the tracks, though AllMusic gives the singer songwriting credit on 12 of the songs. The singer identified her style as connected with the soul. The songs combined hip hop, Latin music, contemporary R &B, rock, and trip hop. Pru was signed through WarnerChappell Music Publishing to Capitol Records’ executive Roy Lott. Lott worked closely with her to match her songwriting to the most appropriate sound, serving as the executive producer for her debut album.