What I am starting to tire of, though, I have to admit is the use of autotune to 'compliment' vocals. It may be in vogue but quality artists such as this do NOT, I repeat NOT need to use this. Designed to augment and bolster weak vocals it's not so much a trend in today's youthful R'n'B but a pre-requisite as many of these whiskerless pin-up stars have no real vocal skills. Arguably Gordon is NOT from this crass residuum of the industry and the use of this here is something that irks me considerably. It spoils my enjoyment and will, in time, ruin what could be a timeless song into a piece of ephemera. This is the only piece of criticism I have, and although I dig grooves such as these, the enjoyment is considerably watered down. A gentleman in the same league as Cuba Gooding doesn't need this, and the music employed within "Something I Should Know" is blindingly good. Let's leave the gimmicks for those who have to use them.
The tapping funky house grooves of "Crazy 4 U" and "What About Love" are examples of really tight grooves, and the jazzy vibes, piano, bass and organ compliment perfectly. It's dance music for the intelligent and this is something I sincerely applaud today. My favourite uptempo groove is "Show Me Some Emotion". Akin to the best soulful house that I would buy and download from US House music sites sites such as Traxsource, I can do nothing but thoroughly sing the praises of this choon! From the very offset we are in Mr Day / DJ Man-X territory and the Louie Vega flavours oze out with sultry summery basslines and jazzy flute! Personally, I cannot get enough of this kind of material and the delicate balance between what is soulful and what is purely mechanical is perfectly and expertly executed here. The music, the instruments, the vocals. All top-drawer. Again, this applies to "Peace Of Mind", and what a balance with the jazzy Cuba Gooding-like "Hey Lady". So...yet another winning set to wave the flag for!
The Vibe Scribe