"Blow Your Mind Away" should show you that this is a singer of substance. His vocals are similar to - but infinitely better than - Raphael Saadiq. The groove reminds me, also of a warm, summery Tony! Toni! Toné! type groove and in my book that's no bad thing! I also love the very sexy female vocal additions too! Roger and his talkbox appear on the superb "Between Me And U", featuring some great early 80s styled keys and warm, yet haunting synths. This is such a strong track - a beat ballad of note and proves that this young buck is no whiny young R'n'B artist but one to sit up and listen to. "So In Love" is a real winner too - the slow gait, summery vibe and flute make this a real chiller. I can't stop playing this. Another track that I can heartily recommend is "Can I Come Over" - a typically stylish mid 1990s type ballad that fans of that era would appreciate - think Asanté, Brother Nature etc. What a groove!
From track 9 the Jodeci sound is rather prevalent. Heavy knocking beats, gospel-tinged harmonies and plenty of Roger Troutman-styled talkbox. I happen to like this, mostly, and this also makes me feel that this set is a wee bit anachronistic! Back in the 1990s this could have been lost...today it stands out from the crowd and sounds pretty darn good. "If U Don't Mind", complete with Barry White styled guitar licks is a real Jam Knock and takes me back to the "Diary Of A Mad Band Era". The synths underpinning this is very haunting and just what I like to hear. What does appear more contemporary is the DJ Quik produced party jam, "Steppin'". This really is a happy tune and reminds me slightly of the superb rap effort "Doggy Dogg World", which, of course was majorly graced by the Dramatics! The final choice is the wonderfully sax-laced "Come When I Call". Almost like a Kenny Lattimore track, this is going to wow you. A very surprising album and one that I am pleased has helped re-open my mind that appears to have become more closed of late!
The Vibe Scribe
The Vibe Scribe
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