- Audio CD (24 Jan. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B0000DYMRN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Comin' From Where I'm From
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Although there are many reference points within Anthony Hamilton’s work, he remains a singular, special figure in modern soul. John Legend and D’Angelo have enjoyed greater acclaim in the UK, but Hamilton is perhaps the connoisseur’s choice amongst the many sensitive male singer-songwriters of the 90s and 00s.
A sultry delight from start to finish, Hamilton successfully creates his own universe on this second studio album, its title a generous nod to Steve Wonder’s Where I’m Coming From. Working from a palette fusing neo-soul, R&B, gospel, hip hop, G-funk and even tinges of country, Jermaine Dupri and Mark Batson’s production is reminiscent of Willie Mitchell’s, intimate, close-up work with Al Green. It creates an intense, emotional atmosphere.
Hamilton’s unhurried voice conveys passion and pain with a rich, smoky soulfulness that echoes his influences – Green, Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye. But his style is not just a simple regurgitation of these fabled talents; Hamilton’s delivery feels fresh and new. His pieces unfold at a leisurely pace, but never outstay their welcome.
Arguably Hamilton’s defining moment, keening ballad Charlene is a perfect example of his craft, relaxed to the point of soporific. Elsewhere, the title track is an introspective rumination about trying to climb out of the ghetto, and Better Days is a marvellous blend of disco ballad and sun-kissed, ethereal soul.
Junius Bervine’s production on Float adds a touch a drama to the mid-tempos of the album. Hamilton even reinterprets AOR on the choruses of Chyna Black with Eric Coombes’ chopping metal guitar and the sustained, subtle attack of Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. I Tried closes the album in a more conventional gospel approach.
Although he has remained relatively underground in the UK, the USA fell for Anthony Hamilton in a big way, Comin’ From Where I’m From going top 20 and Platinum-certified. It received a clutch of Grammy nominations, which set him on course for a successful decade, including 2011’s Back to Love, another US top 20 hit.
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Top Customer Reviews
His slightly gravely voice is yet so silky and seduces you through this 12 track album. 12 is the magic number to give you just enough and yet makes you hit repeat each and everytime. His sound is southern, no doubt. "Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens" epitomises that. While "Charlene" is the most popular song off the album it, unlike other albums of today, does not a pariah to the rest of the album.
This is what music should be like now and makes you think of Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, and Bobby Womack. On a more modern tip, he sits comfortably with his better contemporaries like Leela James, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, and D'Angelo. I thoroughly look forward to his future work.
BEST TRACKS (really hard pushed here): 1) Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens 2) Charlene 3) I'm A Mess, 4) Mama Knew Love, 5) general tie with the other tracks.
his voice is a original urban feal.. its a husky style!! it works brilliantly!! he is here to bring new versions to the rnb/soul industry.. and he does it without a doubt!!
before i bought this album i had only heard 'charlene' but that was enough to make me go and buy it!!
my favourites on this album is 'lucile'!! which i have heard over and over again and never lose the feelin i got the first time!! also 'charlene','comin from where im from','im a mess' and 'i tried' are outstanding songs.. with new soul beats that will beat anything ive heard before!!
the smooths beats are relaxin and make anova level to music!!
if you like soul at all and want a modern version which is simply the best out get this!!!!
also people like carl thomas, dwele, maxwell, tevin campbell are for you!!
if u agree and fink this album is gd then no doubt the biggest thing the rock the music world will be JOHN LEGEND!! trust me!!
He has a great soul voice sounding somewhat similar to the late Dino Conner from H-Town.
Pretty much all the songs are great on this CD and I would recommend buying it.
When i heard he had a new album out i just had to have it, & i wasn't let down.
This is a smooth feelgood album that won't leave you disappointed, my favourite track is number 8 "Lucille", just dim the lights and float away with this beautiful song.
It's a must for soul lovers everywhere.
This album is perfection from start to finish. Every song is oustanding in terms of lyrics and performance from Anthony. Literally, this guy puts everything into every song and his voice is one of the best and most unique I have ever heard.
Personal favourites include 'I'm a Mess', 'Comin' From Where I'm From' and especially 'Charlene', although any of the songs could be included in this list. Everyone should own this album and it should go down in history as one of the most accomplished albums by one of the world's greatest singers.
Anthony has a unique voice, and the production is stop on. Do not sleep on this album, it was my best buy of 2004, and it is one of my best cds. If someone stole it, or god for bid I lost it....it would be back in my basket asap.
Chyna Black is so beautiful, everything is perfect the vocals and the instrumentals.
If you desire an album you wish to relax to and have your emotions worked buy this album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful music, beautiful voice. Bought this cd as a second hand item, very, very cheap. Fabulous! Will definitely buy more of this type of item in future.Published 10 months ago by julia
Love the album one track does stick but for the money not worth sending backPublished 17 months ago by lainy9