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Artist: India.ArieFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: The news that a particular artist has released a Christmas CD usually elicits one of three responses: "Him/her too?", "I guess" or "About d@mn time." Part of what determines such a reception is the quality of the aforementioned performer, and that's why R&B's Acoustic Soul Siren, India.Arie, and the lauded composer and musician extraordinaire, Joe Sample, have earned the latter expression with the release of her sixth album and both artists' first-ever holiday set, Christmas With Friends. This debut pairing of the late, great Sample and the celebrated Arie combines her earthy alto, his anchoring instrumental prowess and a host of guest stars from across the genres (rock, pop, soul and of course jazz), resulting in ten leisurely-paced and elegantly rendered favorites of the season. Thanks to her years of virtuosity, Ms. Arie sounds splendid whether alone or accompanied: Sample's glib piano work and her feathery croon transform "Let It Snow" into a dusky delight, and "The Christmas Song" is a smoke-infused ditty that could tidy up a bustling winter evening or get the mood right under a sprig of mistletoe at the cool out spot. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," featuring Kem as the first of three male-anchored diets, is so effortless that it almost feels more like a long-overdue gabfest between besties instead of a well-worn holiday classic. The remaining tracks, including the ragtime-reminescent "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," the nimble "Mary, Did You Know" (ft. Gene Moore Jr.) and "Auld Lang Syne," deftly demonstrate how rich India's timbre remains: "Merry Christmas Baby," with blue-eyed soul man Michael McDonald, starts languidly before ascending to a saucy vocal tango, and Tori Kelly adds spice to the lone original number, "Favorite Time Of Year." Joe Sample didn't have the time left to contribute fully throughout the project (he passed away of mesothelioma before its conclusion), but he and Arie multiplied their skill sets with a camaraderie that regales and was worthy of much more. Beyond the CD needing more pep in its step (its even keel could seem maddening to some if ingested all at once), Christmas With Friends gifts music lovers with a beautiful and bittersweet addition to the ever-expanding arsenal of holiday fare. The unique artistry of the late Joe Sample and India.Arie aligned for a common goal---a holiday set---and in the process, achieved an ironic feat: gifting music lovers with a treat to the ears, and heart, long before that celebrated day arrives. Highly Recommended. By Melody Charles Album Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016FQ5XYU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B016FQ5XYU&linkCode=as2&tag=soultracks-20&linkId=Q6CZTM7BXRTLF37WFacebook Comments: 1more ...
Featured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: Raised on a musical diet of Billie Holiday and spiritual juice, San Diego native Andra Day is blossoming into her own with her freshman album, Cheers to the Fall. Released on Warner Bros., the 13-track set helmed equally by producer/songwriter Adrian Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq puts Day squarely in the heartland of Amy Winehouse extravagance. Listen intently to the grooves and to some of the heartbreak within the lyrics and you?re almost transfixed into an adventure that flows like a posthumous Winehouse disc. For example, ?Only Love? sounds like a Back to Black vault track as it escalates to soulful pop heaven using glorified strings and 007 motifs. But, with Rihanna-esque youthfulness and a peppy jazz vocal style akin to Melanie Fiona, Day seems to distinguish herself a little bit from the late Brit icon. Much of the music aboard Cheers to the Fall dances with euphoric arrangements and inoffensive soul pop. ?Not Today? plays like a dreamy Carpenters? adventure. Both ?Forever Mine? and ?Goodbye Goodnight? are serenading in a sea of doo-wop and jukebox slow dancing. On ?Gold,? Saadiq?s throwback production flair ? a tribute to real instrumentation and the invention of ?60s Motown ? takes precedence and gives Day something bold and sophisticated to play with. The diary-like lyrics are also instrumental to the song?s strong favorability, where she compares a past ex to a teacher and takes the endured pain as a lesson learned: ?I see the reel/now it?s real to me/I gave up gold for grains of sand/slipping through my hand.? There?s also ?Rearview,? a song that?s screaming for a single release as it drips with Adele gorgeousness, a meaningful storyline and smart pop radio magic. Day stays in a lane similar to Winehouse and the impressive list of UK soul exports like Adele and Sam Smith, artists who?ve made heart-worn tales their preferred testament of song. She hints at domestic abuse on ?Gin & Juice (Let Go My Hand)? and end-of-the-road ultimatums on ?Honey or Fire.? Even when ?Mistakes? conjures feel-good disco meets Philly soul, she?s still affixed with the blues. ?And I promise I won?t mess it up this time,? she begs for a second chance at love. The good thing about Day?s blues is that it?s not forever submerged in gloom or morbidity. On ?Rise Up,? a song selected for the Netflix What Happened, Miss Simone? documentary, Day jumps into a spare piano arrangement that plays like an inspirational hymn. It walks the line of the typical John Legend ballad, especially as it marches upward to something just as transcendent as the Oscar-winning ?Glory.? The closing title cut, which prominently showcases Saadiq?s guitar and bass skill, is also another account of learning from life?s lessons and making lemonade out of lemons. ?Cheers to the Fall? in particular also displays a type of epic belting that?s much needed in modern R&B. Although Cheers to the Fall slacks a bit by being too slow-paced at times and is overly steeped in a melancholic lounge mood, Day is still refreshing to the ear. She?s armed with good songs draped with solid crystalline production. She?s well on her way to prominence, if only giving the blessing of radio. Recommended. By J Matthew CobbAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z97XIZ8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00Z97XIZ8&linkCode=as2&tag=soultracks-20&linkId=FZVXB72CQFDIRWYGFacebook Comments: 1more ...
Featured: 0LA--based singer songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and activist Malynda Hale has made a name for herself in a number of place and on a number of formats. But we first learned about her recently as she issued her 4th studio album, Pieces of Me.Facebook Comments: 1more ...
Featured: 0Savoy Ellis was exposed to music from the get-go. His father was a singer-turned-music-executive, and music surrounded his childhood. And he developed his love for music over his life, developing into a popular songwriter.Facebook Comments: 1more ...
Artist: Young Gun Silver FoxFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: Young Gun Silver Fox - West End Coast Thanks to Daft Punk?s Grammy-winning magnum opus, Random Access Memories, a ?70s golden AM radio tribute, the inspiration others have had in pulling off retro-themed works has been on an upswing. [LMG1] Justin Timberlake did it twice and D?Angelo?s comeback record followed. Andy Platts is no stranger to the throwback soul regimen. As the frontman of the UK pop/soul band Mamas Gun, he helped fan the fresh fires of the Brit soul aesthetic started by the late Amy Winehouse and even wooed a great number of SoulTrackers to their rare underground grooves. He?s once again taking a page from that handbook, but is doing so by teaming up with Ping Pong Orchestra producer/multi-instrumentalist and former L.A. resident Shawn Lee. On West End Coast, the two ? cleverly naming themselves ?Young Gun Silver Fox? ? carve out a ten-track collection that marinates the best of AOR with a smidgen of funk and pop, creating a set that celebrates the West Coast sound while playing with a little Electric Light Orchestra, a dash of America, some Doobie Brothers and a sprinkle of Steely Dan. Immediately upon its first listen, West End Coast gratifies. With the album opener ?You Can Feel It,? the dreamy Pacific Coast Highway cruise-controlled hustle and sunny close-knitted harmonies may immediately cause listeners to fall into a satisfying calm. The cut also bears some resemblance to America?s ?You Can Do Magic.? On ?Better,? the quest for grandiose soft rock hits a rapturous apex. It works like a groovy mid-?70s Steely Dan single, dressed in tight harmonies and Elton John soul. Towards the back of the track, Plants raises his belting powers over the fuzzy psychedelic-spiced guitar, which creates one of the album?s eargasmic moments. Then there?s ?In My Pocket.? Endowed with Platts? atmospheric falsetto, this synth-pickled track feels like a gorgeous, finger-snapping slice of Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. ?If I can only take my baby wherever I go/Happy sky like a rainbow,? Platts sings with a transparent, happy-faced glow. It too stands at the top of the list as one of the album?s grandest highlights. Much of the remainder of the disc spins with equally compelling moments. ?So Bad? channels MJ?s Off the Wall funk. The opening bars of ?Distance Between Us? are reminiscent of Player?s ?Baby Come Back.? The joyful ?Saturday? comes packaged with gospel-tinged emotions. ?Long Way Back,? possibly the only track that sounds like it doesn?t fit the AOR theme, is totally ripe with smooth ?70s soul, but comes across sounding more like it has been traced from Isaac Hayes? symphonic soul template than the West Coast alteration of Barry White. With moody romantics and Philly soul synergy, the power ballad closes the album using just enough drama to create something flowing in the guise of Lenny Williams? ?Cause I Love You? for the new century. Not everything aboard West End Coast leaps instantly with sing-a-long gloriousness (?Spiral? goes in and out too much from what works), but what?s so cool about the disc is just how effective the magical time warp back to the California lovin?, ?70s soul pop nuances really is, especially noting that the effort was pulled off at Lee?s Trans-Yank Studios in London. The songs are splendidly produced, ringing with impressionable melodies and meaningful lyrics. Those familiar with the powerful, near-perfect debut of State Cows will definitely relate to this disc. It compliments that very same sound and artistic vision. This is probably a one-off effort, a passion project for the combo, but for those lucky enough to bite into it, there is hope that they can force the pair to do a sequel. Highly recommended. By J Matthew Cobb Album Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: http://legererecordings.bandcamp.com/album/west-end-coastFacebook Comments: 1more ...