Impressed as I was with these songs, track three really got me going. "Somebody Out There" is MAGICAL. This is the sort of groove ballad that I would have lapped up in the late 1980s, and still do today. It is warm, soulful and reassuring. Probably this set will be too ‘programmed’ for those who like the more organic stuff, and this isn’t a problem. I don’t actually have a problem with programming. As long as those who push buttons and what-have-you know what a melody or groove is. You Taught Me To Fly" is another VERY strong soul cut which will appeal to fans of his older work. If you have any sort of emotion and are a parent then you will not fail to be touched by "Bre Bre’s Song" which is a terribly poignant and beautiful song immaculately conceived and delivered. Such beautiful lyrics from the viewpoint of a loving and doting father. It also deals with the social issue of family breakdown, and is a song as much for children as it is for their warring parents. The splendid array of songs continues apace with the breezy "All I Know" which is a solid performance in the joys of discovering a new love. It isn’t ‘til track 8 that the tempo increases, but the Chuckii Booker influence is very strong and this renders "Runnin’ Back To You" as a must-repeat song on the CD player. The excellent jogger "What Will It Take" complete with Reindeer bells also deserves attention as it is another strong performance. The final two songs, "Let Me Show You" and "Pack Your Bags" also sit well with this reviewer and his appreciation of the late 80s. Please check CD Baby and give this a listen.
The Vibe Scribe
The Vibe Scribe