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  • Audio CD (28 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • ASIN: B000QUCQ5Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Thinkuboutmi 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. If We Were Alone 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. E.N.S. (Everybody Needs Somebody) 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. U Got It 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Masks 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hey Joy... 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Wash 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Time     4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Alright 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Way That U Love Me 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Pressure 8:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Johnson VINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
first came across Mr. Keite Young on the Everyday People Project where he has two joints, both of which (If We were Alone featuring N'Dambi, and Time) also appear on this CD. I have read the other reviews, and the general consensus is that the eclectic nature of this CD is one of it's major plus points. Whilst I would agree that I do admire an artist that isn't afraid to embrace different musical flavors, that in itself isn't enough to endeavor this CD to me. Whilst I don't mind Rock, music per se, the rockier numbers on display here Thinkuboutmi, Hey Joy...,) didn't do much for me, to be honest. I've had this CD for a while now, and I have refrained from posting a review, as I wanted to see if this CD as a whole grew on me. The Songs I am feeling are Masks (a Rockier number that I do feel) Pray, and Time (which has a blue/soul feel to it which is very addictive)
I do hope this CD doesn't fall through the cracks, and Hidden Beach will support him as a new emerging artist. So whilst this isn't a bad debut per se, and I do admire an artist that is willing to take a chance and present a CD that doesn't follow the status quo, the results themselves are mixed.
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By Archie Grimwald on 29 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Watch out for this label as they are collecting an impressive roster of artists. Keite Young releases his debut and yes it is ecclectic but maybe the world would be a better place if we all stop trying to categorise and segregate everything;in particular the arts.I was the same but it makes me laugh when I see college kids treating music like a religion and forgetting its main purpose-not to wear it on a badge or a t-shirt,but to entertain EVERYONE willing to open their ears and listen!
This is a refreshing debut with influences from the many different musical genres cited on Mr.Young's website.From blues to funk-I think the rockier tracks just underline the debt rock/pop music owes to the likes of the blues.
The only atist I can compare this to is Lyfe Jennings and that is not so much the music but more the vocal phrasing at times. I like both artists by the way-and they both have presented solid uncommercial sets in the last year or so.give this a listen,you may be soulfully suprised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Innovative! 27 Sep 2007
By Tawana Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Innovation not only has a new name but a new face too! The name I'm frequently speaking these days is Keite Young. Originally signed to his label as a gospel artist, he found himself confined by conventional expressions of his beliefs. How does one effective express the message of the kingdom to the kingdom. For me there's nothing better than a man or woman unafraid to think outside the box. I believe The Rise and Fall of Keite Young best illustrates, "a new thing."
I won't attempt to label this project. He crosses waters most would not dare to tread. I will say how much I love this cd and that each morning these days its what I wake up to. Where do I start? You are entreated by the sweetest Southern drawl to," sit down for a minute" and that's where the ride of a lifetime begins. There are a number of influences I heard from Lenny Kravitz to DeAngelo. Some of my favorite songs include Thinkuboutmi, If We Were Alone featuring N'Dambi(HOT like fire), ENS (Everybody Needs Somebody), Masks, Hey Joy, Alright and The Wash. My absolute favorites are Pray which I'd place right alongside a Kirk Franklin or Donald Lawrence track without hesitation any day. Pressure which feels like a good, old-fashioned 70's funk jam session. The song that stole my heart is The Way That You Love Me. If you're not moved by the simplicity and sincerity of this song you might need to backtrack and figure out where you left your heart.
Suffice it to say I'm feeling this cd in an extra special way. I look forward to hearing much more from him in the future. An extraordinary effort for a new artist. So far this is one of my very favorite releases for 2007. I'm praying for continued blessings in all that he endeavors.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Solid Debut Album! 8 Sep 2007
By Charles L. Hubbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A lot of music coming out nowadays comes out of nowhere. For example, outside of the UK, nobody even knew who Amy Winehouse was. And even if you had a hot song or an album that was critically acclaimed, it didn't always translate into mainstream success or record sales. Newcomer Keite Young has his work cut out for him considering the amount of 'Rhythm and Pop' that currently dominates the airwaves. But with an eclectic album like The Rise and Fall of Keite Young, the R&B world might be missing out on the next level of soul music. The debut single "If We Were Alone" with the equally-talented songstress N'Dambi showcases his seductive side coupled with her deep soul. "Thinkuboutmi" teeters on the fence between funk and blues with heavy instrumentation and Young's strong vocal presence throughout. "Pray" is a song for anyone looking for inspiration during their time of need, "E.N.S. (Everybody Needs Somebody)" follows those same sentiments with a commanding gospel undertone for the song, "The Wash" is a mild serenade that rides a simple guitar chord that leads to a full-on guitar riff, and "Time" infuses a 'juke joint' feel and explains that your perception of things will change eventually...even if it's a change for the bad. Other standouts include the mellowness of "The Way That You Love Me," the rock-infused ballad "Hey Joy..." (think Lenny Kravitz) and the jammed-out closer "Pressure." The Rise And Fall of Keite Young is overflowing with heartfelt ballads, infectious jams, and smooth grooves that put him a cut above the rest. The edgy and risky rock elements might discourage some from taking a chance, but Keite Young is ultimately the kind of artist that a lot of people in the music industry strive to become.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Recipe for Success: Gospel + Soul + Rock 13 Sep 2007
By Jeff Feezle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Out of Forth Worth, Texas comes the stylized rhythm and blues/funk voice of Keite Young. Both his father and mother played music for a living, and Keite's gospel upbringing helped him become an ordained minister. A former member of Christian Soul artist Kirk Franklin's band, Keite doesn't have much use for organized religion these days while still praising God with all his heart.

"I love God, but more people are being killed over organized religion than anything else. Anything that tells you 'This decision is the only right decision' is inherently messed up."

His music is based on love rather than fear or hate. It keeps a pleading voice similar to Marvin Gaye at some moments: Prince. His debut cd: "The Rise and Fall of Keite Young" was released by the highly praised Hidden Beach label, whom always seems able to pull diamonds out of the rough.

I personally enjoy the Sam Cooke feel to this cd. This is solid accessible R&B by someone who has schooled himself in the old school values of the original 60's sultry singers. His music will be labeled `Neo-Soul' by some, which is not all bad, but severely limits the tremendous range of songs on this thoroughly enjoyable piece of musical art. His latest music and video "If We Were Alone" features a wondrous duet with N'Dambi. "The Rise and Fall" is considered a `cross-over' musical work: both R&B, early roots rock, and gospel fans will `cross-over' from their usual genre of music to pick this up.

29 year old Keite (pronounced `Keet') is wise and old beyond his years. The maturity of the production, the emphasis on joy and realization, the clarity of vision: all combine to produce a tasty stew of gospel rock & soul, accessible to all kinds of music lovers.

Jeff Feezle of Macafeez
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
He can only rise further from here 9 Nov 2007
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are a number of black male soul singers (or, if you prefer, black male singers with soulful voices) who have refused to allow their voices to restrict them to a narrow genre of music. People like Seal, Terence Trent D'Arby, Lenny Kravitz, Cody Chesnutt, Van Hunt and even lately, my man Rahsaan Patterson spring to mind and I have nothing but love and respect for all of them.

I believe I can now add Keite Young to that list. With a voice and style that conjures up in my mind any number of people from Sam Cooke to Bilal to James Brown, he could have easily gone the easy route and given us another run of the mill modern soul album. It would've been good no doubt, but it still would've been run of the mill. Young hasn't done that though, thankfully, and more power to him. Sure, he's on the Hidden Beach label but to describe what's on offer here as modern soul or neo-soul or whatever, would be too simplistic, almost misleading in fact. He doesn't depart completely from soul influences and songs like "If We Were Alone" featuring N'dambi, "Pray", the gospel-flavoured tune "E.N.S. (Everybody Needs Somebody)", the deep and funky "Time", "Alright", the acoustic guitar-led "The Way That U Love Me" and "Pressure" are all soul in its purest form.

But songs like "Thinkuboutmi", "U Got It", "Masks", "Hey Joy..." and "The Wash" are anything but soul - actually I'm not sure what they are. Soulful rock? Funky rock? Rock-influenced funk? - and these may well put certain people off, despite the fact that his soul-inspired delivery of them makes them all very interesting and exciting listening. As a previous reviewer has already noted though, whether any of this will translate into commercial success or not is anyone's guess given the kind of music that rules the airwaves these days and I guess the fact that only four people have reviewed this album before me tells its own story.

Personally though, I really enjoy this kind of music. I think it's benefical to venture out of one's comfort zone every now and then. It broadens the mind and opens up the possibility of getting into (and enjoying) music by all kinds of people one might not ordinarily consider. Young writes, co-writes and produces many of the songs here himself (some are also produced by my hero, Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey) and while I'm not going to lie and say all the songs flow into each other seamlessly, one thing I could never call this album, is boring. His lyrics are interesting and thought provoking and he's proud of his Christian background as demonstrated on "Alright", for instance, where he sings candidly about Jesus. I've said it before on here and I'll say it again: I will always respect a man who refuses to go with the crowd and dares to be different. Keite Young is one such man. Favourite tunes: "If We Were Alone", "E.N.S.", "Hey Joy...", "The Wash", "Time", "The Way That U Love Me" and "Pressure", the so obviously James Brown-inspired closer.

Highly recommended but approach with caution. A man this talented can only rise further from here but, in my opinion, he's for the listener with eclectic tastes and/or the very adventurous listener only.
Finally!Move over maxwell and D'angelo... 15 July 2008
By Nicolas Alexandre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I walked into HMV a 4 years ago being a huge fan of maxwell and d'angelo hoping that any of the sales assistant could shed some light on a new artist that can help make the endless waiting for a new album a little less painful. Bilal has managed to put me through a couple of months...but now 4 years later as the waiting turned to grieve then onto mourning for our beloved Maxwell and D'angelo who have spent more time making promises then actually recording anything, I have finally found something decent, creative and original...
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