Take, for example, "Trying To Be", which could easily slip in comfortably on the "Songs In The Key Of Life" album. Yep, this is really aimed at that groove and he hits the mark. Big time. Even the vocals are spot-on. Unsure, actually, if this is a desirable thing or not BUT at the end of the day it's actually a crackin' track - reservations included. The boisterous rhythm of "Harlem Shuffle" is incorporated nicely into the Rahsaan Patterson-like modern thumper "Lying Woman". This is one for the dancefloors and although the samples may put some off, the overall effect is tastefully done and not ripped off in a complete P-Diddy fashion. The warm keyboards of "Say I Do" again hark back to the 1970s, and the Stevie-ish vocals also remind me of Frank McComb in places. This is a crackin' track so please feel free to whop up the volume a wee bit. "You Got A Bad Thing" oozes class, it really does, and continues the mid 1970s vibe nicely.
"Sweet One Night's Life" picks up the pace and although the hi-hat is programmed the funkiness and quirkiness is more than enough to make you smile and put a spring in your step. For an earlier 70s Stevie sound we have "Want To See The Sun"...the synth that bolsters this chunky effort is heavenly, and the backing vocals really are superb. the gorgeous Maxwell cum Eric Benét-like ballad "Distance" is also worth a spin. Here Dorien phrases like the aforementioned but i also hear a healthy Michael Jackson flavour in there too. Vocally we are not inside Stevie Wonder territory and although we have all heard better ballads I would be interested to hear more of the real Dorien Wright...this man has a lot of hidden talents to add to his already awesome level of talent and it's this which should be displayed on his next album. An unmissable set.
The Vibe Scribe