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Leave It All Behind

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Daykeeper
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Musinah
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Take Off The Blues
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington
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All Or Nothing/Coming Home To You
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington
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I Wanna Know
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House Of Cards
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Musinah
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Sweeter Than You
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Valediction
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If She Breaks Your Heart
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Yahzarah
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If This Is Love
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Yahzarah
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Something To Behold
Artist: The Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington, Yahzarah
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Leave It All Behind
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 44:07

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Diggin' it

plopez004

A fine groove and a fine example of what R&B/Hip-hop blends should be. Great beats by nicolay.

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Timeless Music

Trusense

A rarity in this day and age of music. Timeless just feel good music is amongst us. The Foreign Exchange GET WITH IT!

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a fixture on my ipod playlist

coachkj

I can't say enough about the authenticity of this group! They are the real deal and should be getting MUCH more notoriety in the marketplace for their sound and rich performances!

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Best New Soul Album of the Year

EMUSIC-009F706E

Doesn't really need to explain. Just download it and take in the feel good sounds of Nicolay and Phonte.

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One of the best albums of the year

germ416

One thing I like about e-music is finding fresh talent like The Foreign Exchange. Excellent production.

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A Breath Of Musical Fresh Air!!!

groovelikeuluvparis

In a year dominated by Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and Beyonce (She IS Shasha Fierce!? WTF?!), its good to stumble upon some stuff that's cool, edgy, and outside of the box. The rest of the reviews have got it right - this is HOTTTT STUFFF, just plain good music that is hard to define simply because its so good and works so well! Big props to special guests D. Brockington and my girl Yahzarah! Check out her album "The Prelude"; good stuff there, too, and, with this, D. won me over, too. My faves: 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9

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soul

vinylchord

chill....very chill and creative as well.

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IndeedNice!

RaiderJack

stumbled upon this one and had to take a listen because of such great reviews....agree totally...adventurous, smooth, different, engaging...am looking for some more of their stuff!!!

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Like a HOT foreign exchange student chick!

GarciaStudios.com

Nice, solid LP through and through! Every track sounds as good as that HOT foreign exchange student chick you had in High School! :)

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Absolutely divine!

househead475

You MUST download this now. And I do mean right now. I couldn't ask for a better cd to melt away my worries and make me concentrate on these heavenly sounds here on earth. It's hard to pick favs on here so just DL the whole thing!

They Say All Music Guide

The second Foreign Exchange album reverses the rapping/singing split of the first. Not only is Leave It All Behind much more an R&B album than 2004′s Connected — it’s more an R&B album than a lot of modern releases filed in that section, given that Phonte slips into MC mode only twice while otherwise putting his sensitive singing voice to full use. Even more nuanced and textured, and therefore more musical than Connected, Leave It All Behind is a concise and complete set of songs that brings out the best of both producer Nicolay and Phonte. More than ever, Nicolay’s mellow but moving productions have that lingering, memory-triggering effect mastered by the late J Dilla, and a multitude of shades is cast: dreamy folk-soul that ranks with the Beauty Room and latter-day 4hero, lean and contemporary constructions that would fit within any adult-oriented R&B station’s playlist, deceptively frictional backdrops that bridge hip-hop to West London broken beat, and even the intermittent unclassifiable moment, with several styles thrown into swirls of crescendo-enhanced dramatics. Joined by Connected accomplices Darien Brockington and YahZarah (her lead turn on “If She Breaks Your Heart” sounds even more like a lost Stevie/Minnie collaboration than the Jungle Fever soundtrack original), as well as Muhsinah (an earthbound Georgia Anne Muldrow), Phonte does not deliver knockouts, yet he is not out of his depth and never reaches beyond his grasp, exuding warmth and sincerity as effectively as anyone praised for inhuman range. Even when his lyrics deal in the less complicated aspects of relationships, his voice provides a gently bittersweet tint, as a man with his guard down whose articulations are neither reactionary nor based on some false posture. And with love as its core rather than impulsive lust, as well as its unified feel, the album is not just a unique and exceptional R&B album but also a soundtrack or means of communication — when heat-of-the-moment resentment, a lump in the throat, or anxious longing get in the way — for a real-life adult relationship. – Andy Kellman

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