The twinkling and anticipatory "Jones In My Bones" picks up the pace and what I like about this stepping groove is the thoughtful, jazzy piano. You'll like this! Fans of early 80s keyboards will immediately pick up on "Can't Wait", with heaps of organ and snapping finger beats the song is giddy with glee and I warmed straight away to the vocal arrangement which remind me, again, of Tim Miner and Brian McKnight. The jazzy title track widens the album up completely - nothing unexpected with a singer of Darnell's calibre - and helps create a refreshing oasis between this and many other more pedestrian albums on the market. Fans of 80s slap bass need look no further than "Truly Yours" - the slight Marvin-esque vocal play is lovely and as such make this one of THE standout cuts. The final song, "A Soft Answer" perfectly draws the set to a close and allows a jazzier, subtle vocal harmonic to set the scene here. The warbling guitar is something we would have been used to in the late 1980s, and the lilting, jazzy piano also adds extra intrigue. Darnell Kendricks, on this and his later release has set out his stall and marked his territory. No lightweight and no fly-by-night. Keep your eye on this gentleman. He's the real deal. Still available from CD Baby.
The Vibe Scribe