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Sing (If You Want It)

Omar Audio CD
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Omar first came to prominence more than 2 decades ago, when his debut single for indie label Kongo Dance Mr. Postman/You And Me made him a hot name on London’s underground. It was soon afterwards that the success of his Ohio Players-influenced love ballad, the much celebrated There’s Nothing Like This, led to his signing to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label. Omar ... Read more in Amazon's Omar Store

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ether
  • ASIN: B000F8O210
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lift Off
2. Sing (if you want it)
3. Be A Man featuring JC Bentley
4. Kiss It Right
5. Get It Together
6. Your Mess
7. It's So
8. All For Me featuring Angie Stone
9. Gimme Sum featuring Common, Rodney P & Ashman
10. Feeling You featuring Stevie Wonder
11. Lay It Down featuring Estelle
12. I Want It
13. Stylin' featuring Angie Stone
14. Ghana In Motion

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BBC Review

For years Omar has been a beacon of Brit funk, perpetuating musical values in a world where beats and bare flesh increasingly define black music. Yet for all the clubland integrity, he's remained frustratingly short on mainstream recognition.

In the past this was due to weak singles from excellent albums, but with Sing (If You Want It) it was sheer bad luck. The set totally nailed the notion of commercial and credible viability within the same songs, and on first release in 2006 showed strong initial sales. But then his record company collapsed, leaving Omar in a sudden limbo. This rerelease is a mark of the artist's unique approach, as it still stands up with the addition of just two new tracks.

The strength of the album is the apparent ease with which the music is constructed, layering of keyboards, horns, strings and percussion so effortless it can't help but seduce the listener. Numbers like Be a Man, Ghana Emotion and Get It Together are such lazy, brass-drenched swingers they can introduce some fairly tricky musical flourishes without anybody missing a beat. The latter is Omar at his best: what starts off as cool, samba-ish acoustic guitar and percussion swells slowly into an orchestration that builds its melodies so subtly you never lose track of the beat, yet suddenly you're in the middle of an epic.

Tunes like Kiss It Right and Stylin' (featuring sublime vocals from Angie Stone) are good old fashioned funk numbers - taut, bass-driven, everything working rhythmically and they're more defined by what's not there than what is. Neither neglects a melody you can follow. Heck, even Dancing manages to produce an Earth, Wind & Fire-ish harmonised groove out of a pumping dancehall reggae jam. Only the tracks that strip the rhythms back too far - Gimme Sum, I Want It and the Bob Sinclar remix of It's So - don't really work, as they could pretty much be the work of anybody.

While this will do more than satisfy Omar's existing fanbase, what makes the difference are songs like the title-track, Feeling You (featuring a strangely underused Stevie Wonder) and Lay It Down: each is mainstream-friendly without sacrificing its jazz/funk and nu-soul/hip hop roots. They could be the ones that finally push Omar into the sophisticated pop territory he briefly visited with There's Nothing Like This 20 years ago.

--Lloyd Bradley

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can the nu soul guv'nor Sing for the big time? 19 May 2006
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Omar's sixth studio album, and 14 years since his only commercial success 'There's Nothing Like This', sees the original king of UK urban take aim once more for the pop-charts, with one eye kept locked on the funk. But can Omar do what his last four albums failed to do and deliver enough Top 40 appeal to finally get the recognition that many fans and industry insiders feel he deserves?

Omar has certainly earned his nu soul crown. This is the man that Stevie Wonder has said he wanted to be like. The one that Badu and Stone have been desperate to work with. It's true that there isn't a soul artist alive with the sheer range of vocal and musical talent to match him. And he's a greater joy to watch live.

From his accomplished second album 'Music' - the ill-fated yet meticulously layered and still damn-fine follow-up to 'There's Nothing Like this' - to his previous and aptly titled 'Best By Far', Omar has excelled at nailing that funky stabbing synths with deep-purring basslines and a range of percussion styles. In 20 years time, he will be at the forefront of the artists being plundered for musical ideas, along with Steve Spacek, Lewis Taylor and a small band of homegrown talent who are largely ignored by those not in the know.

Having been slaughtered commercially for producing one of the best modern and under-rated soul albums in the last 20 years (Music), Omar tried a more pop friendly approach to the charts again with his third LP 'This is not a Love Song'. But Omar (or his management) made the mistake of releasing some of the album's weaker tracks 'Say Nothing' and Omar's first dreadful cover version `Golden Brown'.

Omar repeated the same mistake of releasing his weaker and wrongly perceived 'commercial' tracks on his fourth and fifth albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omar, Still British and Still Doing It 16 May 2006
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I have been listening to Omar from day one and I will always associate him as one the originators of Neo Soul in the UK & US. This CD has got to be the best yet. The blend of the US (Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone & Common) & outstanding performances from the UK (Don-e, Estelle, Ashman, Rodney P, JC Bentley and backing vocals of Davina Wright) with the quirky unique Omar production style makes this a must buy CD. Don't wait too long though it will become a classic!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omar is definitely back !!! 13 May 2006
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This album features Omar's stunning return to form..in my opinion it as good as his last effort 'Best By Far' which was a classic. He is defintely redefining that classic neo-soul/jazzy feel with some R&B thrown in. Some hot tracks/collaborations include : 'All For Me' ft Angie Stone, 'Lay It Down' ft Estelle and 'Feeling You' ft Stevie Wonder... Funky beats (Omar style) and the ever soulful and passionate vocal he always gives to his music, complete this album. An absolute must for any Omar fan ...this is a taste of what real urban music is all about. Try it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The godfather of UK soul brings it home! 16 May 2006
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Not surprisingly Omar's latest offering is excellent, this is not a return to form or a follow on from other albums, this stuff is all new with the new beats, samples and riffs. Omar has been at the forefront of uk soul for over 10 years now, don't take it from me put your money down and pick up this album right now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What can I say... Omar has done it again! Why this man is not storming the music charts I just don't know. Must be something to do with the record producers again as their doing a bad job on A&R and distribution. I ordered this CD and it took several weeks to come through via a special order - why isn't this on universal release??

Anyway.. back to the music...

I ain't no musician, so cant speak in terms of tempos etc, i'm just an appreciative listener, and several tracks really stand out for me...

Track 2 - "Sing" is great. Classic "Omar" style, great melody, placed on repeat on my car stereo

Track 8 - "It's so" is fantastic - out of this world - totally insired and current. Any one who's into Funky House may have heard in the clubs... its brilliant! Massive reggae beat, bit of salsa,somehow african (High Life?) all on top of a funky house rhythm... Brilliant! I definitely play this on repeat i the car and it reminds me of sunny days, carnivals and simply makes me elated!

now for the shocker.... Track 10 "Feeling You" with no other than STEVIE WONDER!!! Now how the hell does Omar get this musical legend to sing on his album. This is just testament to Omar's talent as an artist - even Stevie wants to work him! And its brilliant - the track works beautifully. Omar's unique vocals contrasts beautifully with iconic Stevie and its just amazing!.. i repeat that this goes "on repeat" on my stereo - you get the picture....

so.... whAT ARE U WAITING FOR??? BUY THIS NOW!!!

a brilliant CD for your collection.... i mean he's working with Angie Stone and Common on his tracks.... they all rate him.... you will too!

Gwan South London boy! respect! and i've seen Omar live and he's briliant so you must support this great UK talent!
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