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Good Things

28 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Label: Stones Throw
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Stones Throw
  • Total Length: 47:32
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  • ASIN: B00EDRRE3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,782 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Keech on 23 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I knew literally nothing of Aloe Blacc before buying this album. Every so often I'll take a punt on something new or unfamiliar just to see of I like it - I have a relatively eclectic taste in music, but do have a soft spot for soul.
I have never been so happy with a purchase. From beat one of 'I need a dollar' this album had me hooked. It was powerful, original and yet somehow familiar in a sense that the music felt 'real' for want of a better word.

As other reviewers have stated, this is something of a retro album in that it could easily have been recorded during the 60's / 70's the decades of great soul - this isn't 'trying to sound retro', its been recorded by musicians - not "performers" - and thus happens to sound like real music (something of a rarity in this day and auto tune age...). So much so infact I had to check the web to confirm it was recorded this year!
Highlights of the record for me have to be the uber catchy 'I need a dollar' like a modern 'inner city blues', the sublimely awesome 'Miss Fortune'- a fantastic cautionary tale of the price of fortune and the amazingly heartfelt 'Mama hold my hand' - which made me actually cry in my car. True story.

However, I can tell you I love the album, others may tell you Aloe Blacc's voice sounds like a real person and not a robot (for some a positive, for others a confusing source of fear) - the only thing I can say with any certainty is that it is seriously worth giving a try!

Comparisons have been made to legendary artists like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, I'm going to throw in a distinct flavour of Bill Withers in a number of places (particularly 'Loving you is killing me' and 'Mama hold my hand'). The comparisons feel justified to this listener and I feel this album deserves to sit alongside the greats. There's something special about it. Don't believe me? Give it a listen.

"The only problem with having everything you want is you never really know what you need"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Gates on 13 Oct 2010
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Good Things are happening at the "Soul Fire" studio in Brooklyn. Truth & Soul's family of musicians stride alongside Daptone as a stable of quality output with its roots in the great foundation of American soul music. Perhaps unlike their contemporaries though, Truth & Soul it seems aren't necessarily trying to make records that sound dusty and vintage. Their production is as modern in its outlook as it is retro in its influence, a successful marriage of the two that is creating a new wave of authentic classics. I offer as testimony 2009's "My World" by Lee Fields & The Expressions, a timeless album of warmth and depth that soars at its many heights. For his second album on the Stone's Throw label, Aloe Blacc teamed with the Truth & Soul producers and their stable band, featuring members from both the past and current line-up of the Dap-Kings, Antibalas and the Mighty Imperials, to create "Good Things". The result is an extraordinary record of mainly sociopolitical commentary set to a cinematic, orchestral and of course, funky backing.

"My purpose for music is positive social change," states Blacc in his Stone's Throw artist profile, who refers to the project as his "report on present conditions - joblessness, homelessness and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive." As a fine example of this, the album opens with "I Need A Dollar", the story of a man who is losing everything in financial hardship.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Clare on 27 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic album. If you first heard of Aloe Blacc via Jools Holland's 'Later', as I did, you'll be expecting very funky tracks. I Need a Dollar and Your Love Is Killing Me are standouts and the album versions, though more 'sedate', are brilliant none-the-less. The album is excellently produced and it's good to hear highly skilled musicians offering something new and memorable; instantly 'classic' in the sense that you will go back to this album time and again. I defy you to not sing the standout tracks in your head until you border on obsessional! Check out Aloe's interpretation of Billy Jean via You Tube. Clare
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamesola on 17 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
Almost every tune on this album is fantastic. Mellow grooves, quality lyrics and a unique sound.
beautiful stuff
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bohobozo VINE VOICE on 21 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
Hey - can this guy carry a song.
West Coast - sweet Cali-soul - gospel, soul, R'n'B, ska, jazz, folk...a genre mix.
And this man has a social conscience - singing the fallout songs of the New Depression.
But no downward trip this - the delivery is uplifting - a spiritual high.
Thoughtful and thought provoking...' wrote Ronnie Rees for Stones Throw records and who am I to disagree?
The band of players - the Grand Scheme are really mature and keep it so tight in a minimalist kinda way.
The whole production is hot.
Some comparisons have been drawn - Gaye, Mayfield, Withers and Legend, and some have labelled it retro-soul.
But this ain't no copycat songster or backward work from this or a previous recession - this is the new soul for the new decade.
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