This awesome talent of hers explodes on the KILLER cut, "You Are" which is, for me, one of the top tunes of the last few years. As soon as I heard this (completely by accident, too) I was gobsmacked. Imagine a wonderful musical hybrid of Patrick Moten and Michael J. Powell and Chapter 8, delivered with a gutsy, soulful delivery in the hybrid mode of Aretha Franklin and Teena Marie all rolled into one. This is better than anything a contemporary black artist has come up with. This is Chapter 8 material at its best, believe me! Talking of Aretha, "Natural Woman" is given a sensuous reading and is absolutely superb. For the jazzier ears comes "Little Children", a cut that is straight out of the Dianne Reeves songbook – 1990's "How Long" is a good comparison. Now, I heard this song years and years ago but I know not when. This socially conscious track is excellent and like all the songs on here, should have beeen given airplay by the likes of Solar Radio or Starpoint on release. "I’ve Got This Feeling" is another soulfully jazzy stormer, and I can hear the influence of Hiroshima’s Dan Kurimoto in the mix here. The upbeat "When Its Too Late" and the essential piano-led "On The Inside" complete this most essential album. And that’s exactly what it is, nothing more nothing less.
The Vibe Scribe
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