I tend to lean towards the ballads here but the funkier numbers are also strong. This is no cheap, lame effort and some clout and money has gone into this production as well as a lot of energy and effort from Herb and the delightful Meritxell. Anyone thinking this duo are stuck in the 70s Reggie Perren era will soon have that idea swept away with the VERY modern "Higher"; contemporary yet not crass in a 'RnB' way. I love the fact that an artist of Herb's stature can cut it with any style and era and has moved with the times from 1967 to today's Hip Hop Soul culture. The first song that blew me away was "Tell Me That You Loved Me". Remember the classiest of classy tunes that Searling would play as new releases in the late 80s - well, this is exactly what this hits you as. This is a mighty, mighty ballad and serves as one of the best songs recorded under this group. Almost in By All Means / Chapter 8 territory this song is a clear WINNER. The chunkier bass ballad "Spend The Night" is very similar to "Hey You!" from his latest and must-have CD so if that style makes your mouth water then go ahead and buy this CD! The second track to knock me to the floor was "Any Day Now". NOT the well-trodden classic but a new song, this really is classy Y2K soul at it's best and fans of Miles Jaye's recent works will feel this vibe. Superb. "Survive" also reaches incredible highs and the midtempo "Say You Love Me" cannot be faulted either. This is, dear readers, a CLASSY CD. Albums like this are becoming scarce and need to be snapped up, advertised, supported and given as much exposure as possible! ESSENTIAL.
The Vibe Scribe
The Vibe Scribe