Again, following this gem is a real killer in the form of "I Was Thinkin' Maybe" which is very much a '70s Riperton affair. With Craig T. Cooper on guitar and Cal Bennet on Tenor Sax, this is truly a succulent and toothsome delight. I kid you not, this CD is total, total quality and tracks like this warm the very bottom of my musical heart. "They Don't Know About Us" will not fail to impress, and the sublime Riperton-like outing "With You" complete with Sheree Brown type acoustic guitar will seriously have you clammering for more. "Wrapped Up In Love"...delicious. That's an understatement. Real instruments, warm and cosy, this intimate, hushed sexy number is top-notch and reminds me of Syreeta collaborating with Leon Ware back on her "One To One" album. Superb. See? Told you this was a great album didn't I?! THE song for me has to be the emotion-drenched "Hard To Say Goodbye". This is jaw-dropping soul music at it's very best. Alex Al's bass work is superb, and the Rhodes courtesy of Brandon Coleman are second to none. Sexy, jazzy and totally essential. The piano line that ushers in "When Did You Know?" is worthy of Burt Bacharach, and allows Stayce to showcase her amazingly gorgeous vocals; almost like Susaye Green in places here. Wow. Talking of Bacharach, the superb Leslie Drayton steps in with his Flugelhorn and sprinkles extra magic on "Love Is All You Need". This is one hell of an essential CD - definitely, for my money's worth, one of THE albums of 2009. Almost Christmas and it usually quietens down now...not this year...the quality keeps coming. Keep reading as there is a LOT more to come!
The Vibe Scribe
The Vibe Scribe