There are a few covers here - most don't really work but the reworking of the Curtis Mayfield gem "Gypsy Woman" is a classy version and thoroughly enjoyable. This 13 tracker will delight from track one: the happy, positive and upbeat "I Want You To Have It" will soon wheedle its way into the grey matter but the track though that floored me completely was "Any One Can Tell You" … a brilliant, brilliant modern ballad that smacks of the golden age of sweet harmonised soul music. I hear the Stylistics and any number of classic groups within this groove. The hook and melody is almost straight from the Thom Bell school of composing, and the Unifics are a shining example of how amazing perfectly matched vocals are, and Al Johnson gives one hell of a performance and sends me straight back to his best efforts to date. From a classic soundscape we venture into a quality Y2K setting: "My One And Only" is another clear showstopper and the gorgeous instrumentation. Charlie Lockhart shares vocals with Al Johnson and their vocal interplay is simply jaw dropping. The swaying, late 80s beauty "A Lifetime And A Half" is another clear winner and overtakes any young R&B whippersnapper easily. "A Long Way To Forever" is another lovely, warm ballad and the sheer soulfulness of Charlie Lockhart’s vocals is beyond reproach. "This Night We Love" carries on the same theme and should highlight to the connoisseur and astute listeners that this CD is a gem that needs to be bought, enjoyed and cherished for today. An essential purchase for soul music lovers.
The Vibe Scribe
The Vibe Scribe