I was first seriously drawn to this guy from his first UK single release - the title track of the album, incidentally - extensively aired on Radio 2. The opening bass and guitar is right out of the very late 60s / early 70s and the flow is just...classic in style. It has a lot within it that many of today's songs simply do not possess...short, sweet, upbeat, positive and annoyingly catchy. How well this will fare in today's brutish, thuggish Hip-Hop drenched R'n'B world is open to question...but I know what I prefer by a long chalk. Fans of Northern sounds, Stax, Invictus, Money, Twinight and even Motown will find something to appreciate here. The rollicking beats, bluesy guitar, live drum snares, horns and rip-roaring singing is something that you would not expect from a new album in the second decade of the 21st Century...something to celebrate indeed!
"I Found You Out" could well be a lost Stax / Atlantic recording, "Pick A Number" similar to what Motown was laying down in the early 70s - think Originals or Hearts Of Stone and you're not far wrong. The horny "Name Calling" tinkers with a Stax sound though has enough Motown sensibilities to boot. The talcum powder brigade should get sprinkling with numbers such as "Tell Me What I Wanna Hear" and those who like a bigger, sweet sound with Bacharach / David overtones should head straight to "Pick Your Battles". I also love the uptempo, gritter efforts the Otis Redding-like "Time Will Tell" - "Try A Little Tenderness" need not lose any sleep, but this is definitely ticking all the boxes and is well down the correct path. Please check out "Help Me" which has a great Bob Babbit styled bassline and funky Booker T Jones organ flavour. Cynical though I am -of the label and not the artist - I am very impressed by this gentleman. On the straight of the energy and verve he and the True Loves put into this, their stage show would be truly excellent! Well recommended!
The Vibe Scribe