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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must in CD collections!, 17 Aug 2001
This review is from: Shelter (Audio CD)
I own six cds of the Brand New Heavies and I think this is the best cd of their's so far. Their acid jazz style is very smooth and mellow. You will not believe how fast time seems to pass when listning to it. I actually got introduced to acid jazz by listning to BNH back in 97. The cd contains wonderful tunes with their usual style of funk, R&B and jazzy bass lines and drumming. As a bassist, I think their percussions and rythms are quite divine. The album includes the hits "Sometimes" and "You Are The Universe". If you are planning to buy one cd of the BNH to check them out, I recommend this cd as it will surely capture your musical ear!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brand New Heavies CD, 13 July 2001
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This review is from: Shelter (Audio CD)
I believe this is the last Brand New Heavies CD, except for the Greatest Hits CD (also an essential purchase).
After N'Dea Davenport left the Brand New Heavies I was heart-broken. The Brother Sister album is just the most perfect CD I have ever heard, so I wasn't sure how they would follow it up.
Well Shelter is a worthy successor to that classic CD. Siedah Garrett is a great vocalist and fits right in with the Brand New Heavies style of jazz/funk/disco.
Her vocals remind me sometimes of Chaka Khan, which is probably one of the best accolades I could write about a singers voice.
This CD features the hit singles Shelter, You've Got A Friend, Sometimes and some great album cuts, You Are The Universe and Higest High spring to mind.
This CD probably doesn't hold as well together as Brother Sister (but that was just perfect!), but it is an excellent follow-up and a nice introduction to the Brand New Heavies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let me hear you say "Yeah! I like it.", 2 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Shelter: Version II (Audio CD)
With a nod to Jamiroquai on the sleeve and an opening groove in which Siedah promises "Me and the boys are jammin', hope you don't mind if we funk you up", it's forgiveable to expect an album on the one. Instead, the 'Heavytones' steer clear of the gratuitous funk that would have been commercial suicide in 1997 (notice brass arrangements Fred Wesley would have been proud of on 'I like it' and 'You can do it' allowing too much concession to strings to take it to the stage), and cruise right on into feel-good-pop-central with 'Sometimes' and 'You are the Universe'. Respectfully side-stepping the challenging lyric, and broken only by dependable vocal cameos from Jan Kincaid to match his dependable drumming, Siedah Garret fronts the accomplished and playful band with a voice amassing the power of Marlena Shaw and the grace of Skye Edwards. Andrew Levy's disappointingly confined bass escapes occasionally ('Once is twice enough' being a Sly jam), while Simon Bartholomew provides a timely late 90s reminder that the guitar can be a delicately versatile tool, percussive and fluid as required, and there is an air of confidence unfamiliar to the Monday morning commuter permeating the entirity of what is essentially a great pop album. A mine of potential, if not exactly the realisation of it, yeah, I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and timeless!!, 19 Nov 2005
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This review is from: Shelter (Audio CD)
I have owned this album ever since it first came out and it's still as great as it was back then! It's really great to chill out to or to have playing on a long drive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 July 2014
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This review is from: Shelter (MP3 Download)
MOSTLY GOOD TUNES BUT SOME. BELOW BNH STANDARDS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Groove, 27 May 2013
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This is the best Album the Heavies have ever released ever song a piece of funky soul groove that makes it a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top of the tree soul music, 29 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Shelter (Audio CD)
i brought this album on its realease back in 1997 and to this day play it on a regular basis, i love every track on it my personal faves are"shelter" "highest high" and"day by day" this really is a great piece of music with siedah garrets excellent vocals its a MUST!.
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