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LedisiTruth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
Wonderful work from Ledisi – a singer we've dug for many many years – and who always lives up to our faith in her music! We first dug Ledisi as an underground talent back in the 90s – but with this Verve album she's poised to take on all the best that mainstream soul has to offer – hitting strongly with a sense of pride and power that we've never heard this clearly before! We're not saying that Ledisi's getting commercial – just that she's got this tight, powerful, rich quality to her music that is bound to finally push the singer out to the wide audience she really deserves – new ears to add to Ledisi's always-growing audience of fans from the farther reaches of the soul universe. Rex Rideout helped put the album together with Ledisi – with a respectful vibe that really opens the singer up – and tracks include "That Good Good", "Missy Doubt", "Lose Control", "88 Boxes", "Like This", "The Truth", "Anything", and "I Blame You". Deluxe edition features three bonus tracks – "Mine", "I Swear", and "Quick Fix". CD

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John LegendLove In The Future ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2013. Used ... $8.99
Another step forward for John Legend – on a record that should have that amazing voice reaching even more ears than ever before! By that, we don't necessarily mean that the set's commercial, just put together with a mode that goes way beyond conventional soul – still deep at the core, but richly expressive past barriers of age and style that few other pop artists could push this successfully! Titles include "Who Do We Think We Are", "The Beginning", "Save The Night", "Tomorrow", "Hold On Longer", "All Of Me", "You & I", "Caught Up", and "Dreams". CD
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Alice SmithFor Lovers, Dreamers & Me (BBE pressing) ... CD
BBE, 2006. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible, genre-defying debut by Alice Smith – an album that hooks you instantly with its rich, rolicking sound, dynamic singing and hugely catchy tunes – a big step for BBE Records and an artist we hope to have around for many years to come! For Lovers, Dreamers And Me sounds little like most of the neo soul efforts on the scene right now. Alice's vocals are big and soulful, with a deep range and huge depth of emotion, but the arrangements really push this record over – mixing funky soul with psychedelia-tinged, brightly grooving pop – with often pummeling drums, chugging guitars, soaring strings and keys that roll from light piano intros to funky Rhodes and Wurlitzer grooves. The songs are totally great and have the kinds of big hooky choruses you'll be humming and head-nodding to all day. A definite winner that will no doubt go on our shortlist of the year's best albums! Tracks include "Dream", "Woodstock", "Gary Song", "New Religion", "Do I", "Fake Is The New Real", "Desert Song", "Know That I", "Secrets" and "Love Endeavor". CD
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✨✧ Angela JohnsonNaturally Me ... CD
Nia, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe, but a really powerful use of rhythms and instrumentation to push Johnson's sublime vocals at a level we've never heard before – a really fresh mode that's completely current, yet very aware of the best sounds of decades past as well! We might liken the approach to Swing Out Sister at their recent best – even though the record's nothing like theirs at all – and our hats are off to Angela for continuing to win us over and over again after all these years – especially when she could have just been sitting back and doing the same old thing. Titles include "To Love Again", "Deja Vu", "Black Boy Lullaby", "Handz", "Music's My Religion", and "A Beautiful Place". CD
 
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Dayme ArocenaNueva Era ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A wonderful record from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who first emerged as part of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, although Gilles himself had been following her music since she was a child! This debut full length is wonderful – and really pushes past the initial modes of the larger project – with a sound that's both deep and rootsy, yet delivered with a lean, 21st Century soul approach too! Music is heavy on percussion – some of which is played by Dayme herself – and other instrumentation is often quite spare, with piano or organ lines providing the main melodic structure alongside the vocals. Titles include "Madres", "Drama, "Crystal", "Come To Me", "El Ruso", "Nino", "Nueva Era", and "Don't Unplug My Body". CD

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Don ETry This ... CD
Dome (UK), 2005. Used ... $2.99
UK soul from Don-E – an artist who's perhaps a bit more mainstream than some of his contemporaries on the Dome label, but who has a great sound nonetheless! There's a leanness here that we really like – as Don-E pulls out a few strands of contemporary R&B, but distills them down to a cleaner groove, and shakes off all the BS that might mar a set like this – in a way that pushes the work much more towards current efforts on the US underground. Titles include "How I Feel", "Lonely", "Try This", "Bus Stop", "Keep On Luvin U", "Slow", "I Do", and "All We Need". CD
 
 
 



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