As someone who owns everything Boney James has ever done, I honestly have to say that this album is one of his best to date. I really don't know how he does it, but it seems as if each time he releases an album, he gets better and better.
'Pure' is his truest piece to date. He not only cowrote all of the songs, but this time around he also produced the album, which is a first for him. Even though he seemed to take more risks and be more adventurous on this outing, he remained true to his r&b roots.
I think this album has more of a sense of maturity about it, which probably is the result of what he's been through the last three years (his brother passed away).
Its a beautiful thing when one can release their ninth album, and still maintain that 'thing' that their fans love about them. In his case, he seems to have nurtured 'it,' and allowed 'it' to thrive.
After all these years, it still boggles my mind how smoothly Boney can play a tenor saxophone. Now, I have never played a wind instrument, but it seems logical to me that playing a soprano sax would be far easier than a tenor. Boney, however, seems almost to make his tenor flutter, like the breeze in late summer, early fall. He makes it seem effortless. I think a good example of this phenomenon is the last track from this album: 'You Don't Have To Go Home.'
His music plays with, toys with the emotions of its listeners with every single, perfectly executed note. It can mellow just as easily as it can excite.
Boney James' music is truly a gift, and I would recommend this album (in addition to his previous works) to anyone. There are only two things lacking from his roster; a greatest hits recording, and a live recording.