An instant classic from Ronald Isley – soulful readings of tunes by Burt Bacharach, arranged, conducted, and produced by Burt himself! The album has a surprisingly gentle feel – lots of room and space for Ronald to open up vocally, in a mode that's clearly got respect for the classic Bacharach sound, but which also pushes the range of these tracks in a really nice way. The mixture of two sorts of sweet is a lot more appealing than you might guess from the commercial nature of the set – and we're surprised at how much we find ourselves enjoying the album's versions of tunes that include "Windows Of The World", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "A House Is Not A Home", "Count On Me", and "This Guy's In Love With You". CD
Why the Green-Eyed Bandit felt the need to adopt another personality for this Def Squad release, then come with the same style on his solo LP is beyond us, but this is the same bouncing latter day E-Double that we hate to admit still gets us open. As you'd expect the Funk Doctor Spock and Keith Murray make appearances, as well as Xzibit, DJ Quik, Eazy E (?), Slick Rick and Too Short. 8 tracks off the album, all radio playable edits: "Focus", "So Sweet", "Hostility", "Can't Stop", "Why Not", "Fat Gold Chain", "Feel Me Baby" and "Don't Get Gassed". CD
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Floetic ... CD Dreamworks, 2002. Used ...
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The debut album from Floetry – a sweet batch of NuSoul tunes with a street harmony feel! The pair are London-bred, spent time in Atlanta's hotly bubbling scene, and are now part of the massive Philly underground that's been rocking the world over the past few years. This debut more than puts Floetry in the frontline of that scene, and is the kind of fresh new soul album you'll gladly place next to work by Jill Scott, N'Dambi, and other NuSoul divas. Titles include "Fun", "Floetic", "Big Ben", "Say Yes", "Hello", "If I Was A Bird", "Opera", "Mr Messed Up", and "Possibilities". CD