Thats what Lemar gave us lyrically from his first album on the track "Dance (with u)". I was quite unimpressed. But how the man as a singer and song writer has improved.
"Time to Grow" is just excellent. A UK artist bringing out this quality is not often found but Lemar has proved that he is the UK's premier soul singer and on this evidence he cannot be touched.
The opening track "Soulman" is a throwback to the 70's and Lemar has a point to make, which is that no matter what he is portrayed as, he is a soul singer first and formost. And for this soul music lover this track is heaven.
"Better Than This" is just a beautiful track. No doubt this will be a single. His voice is smooth, the tune is seductive and it don't get better than this! This is real quiality RnB/Soul which has the crossover appeal yet stays in the classic soul mode.
"I Don't Mind" is a continuation from track two but slightly more upbeat.
Track four is "What If?". I would identify this as one of the weaker tracks. Although the album is filled with so many great tracks I might be being a bit harsh. His voice again is just superb.
"Call Me Daddy" is a cool track. Bit more of a story in this one. This is one of the tracks where you can see his development as a songwriter. Hes looking at situations and telling his story in a way that will connect to his listeners.
Track six is the first single "If There's any justice" which most of you would have heard by now. Sounds like a throwback to the motown era. Its a great track. Loved it when I first heard it. Still love it now.
"Don't Give it Up" is track 7. Im totally in love with this song. Its got that 90's rnb feel. Its just amazing. Another canidate for a single. Is soulful, funky and simply excellent. Check this track out.
Track 8 is the title track "Time To Grow". Not really feeling this one yet. Voice is great as usual but ill have to keep listening to this one.
My Fave track on the album is track 9. "Complicated Cupid" Already a candidate for rnb track of 2005. Its just amazing. The melody and music arrangement make it so catchy. I love it. Buy this album just for this track!
Brian Mcknight leds his songwriting talent on track 10 with "Maybe Just Maybe". A relationship theme which will connect with many. A magnificant song.
"Feels Right" is track 11. Its more gospel driven in terms of its music and melody. Nice to see a change in style. Its a real swayer.
Track 12 is "All I ever do my boo part II". On this first album part one was included which was one of few highlights from his debut set. This again is a great track where lemar demonstrates a more american rnb side.
Track 13 is the bonus track which is Lemars version of the Darkness "I believe in a thing called love" in which he includes portions of Marvin Gaye's "Whats Going on" and Kaci & Jo Jo's "All My Life". A fusion of everything included. A great take on a song which you would have never thought it could sound like.
Lemar has proved to me that he can give the world some quality material. This album suprised me as I was not that impressed with the debut. He is the Uk'S premier Soul Man. And Long may it continue.
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