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Brand New HeaviesForward ... CD
Shanachie, 2013. Used ... $9.99
Brand New Heavies back in action – and sounding every bit as great as always! The group still has that sublime mix of soul, jazz, and funk that's made them so great right from the start – a mode that's steeped in classic influences from the 60s and 70s, yet finds a way to come out sounding really fresh and unique on every track! Instrumentation is razor-sharp, and mostly live – and vocals are by N'Dea Davenport, Jan Kincaid, Dawn Joseph, and Simon Bartholomew – creating a nice mix of personalities that make the record feel even more joyously collaborative than ever – almost as if the group's borrowed a page from the Incognito book – and the great way that combo has of coming together. The sound is warm and flowing throughout – never stiff or commercial – and titles include "Heaven", "Turn The Music Up", "Do You Remember", "On The One", "Sunlight", "Forward", "Addicted", and "A Little Funk In Your Pocket". CD
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Macy GrayId ... CD
Epic, 2001. Used ... $0.99
Macy Gray's steps to a higher level on The Id – this is no "sophomore slump" to our ears – actually a helluva lot better than her big selling debut! As on her first set, Macy's vocals are wonderful – totally unique, with that warm raspy soulful style that makes her one of the most instantly recognizable soul artists since Al Green. The production is very strong too – with a sound that's new and fresh compared to most chart soul acts, but which also has its roots in the Columbia crossover sound of the late 60s, with traces of artists like Sly Stone and Janis Joplin all colliding into one cool groovy sound! Titles include "Hey Young World (part 2)", featuring Slick Rick, plus "Blowin Up Your Speakers", "Forgiveness", "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone & Mos Def), "Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu), "Sexual Revolution", and "Relating To A Psychopath". CD
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John LegendGet Lifted ... CD
Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony, 2004. Used ... $2.99
You just have to love that one breath of fresh air on the pop charts at any given point – and John Legend is profoundly worthy of it! John has a feel for classic soul – strings and horns filter in with his own piano playing and emotive vocals – but the production approach is firmly contemporary. The beats are born of hip hop, and some big names from the game drop in, but this feels like John's album all the way. Very, very promising stuff – there's no one else quite like John Legend on the charts, so let's keep him there! Tracks include "Let's Get Lifted", "Used To Love U", "She Don't Have To Know", "Number One" with Kanye West, "I Can Change" with Snoop, "So High", "Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)" and more. CD

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SweetbackStage Two ... CD
Epic, 2004. Used ... $4.99
The long-awaited second album from Sweetback – a group that was originally known for their backing work behind Sade, but who have really come into their own with this set! The album's overflowing with warm vocals from the lovely Aya – sliding into the mix to meet the laidback and jazzy rhythms of the group – and the set also features occasional vocals from Ivana Santilli, Ladybug Mecca, Byron Stingly, and Chocolate Genius. The real charm is the instrumentation, though – as mellow-grooving and laidback as we loved in the early years of Sade – yet really fresh, updated, and with a voice that's all its own! Titles include "Voodoo Breath", "Lover", "Circles", "All My Days With You", "Mountain", "Things You'll Never Know", "Love Is The Word", "Shining Hour", and "Round & Round". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 
 



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