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good debut.... but a great follow up
on 3 June 2011
by now, everyone will have had "I need a $"drilled into their cortex, it's a feel good hit of the summer as someone once said.
I must confess to having lived my life in ignorance of Mr Black until my eldest came home from college, raided you tube to show me the video as she knew I'd love it!
well, 5 minutes later I was confirming my order with Amazon for both of the CD's listed for Mr Black.
This, his debut solo disc ( I think) is much more "hip hop" in concept, more of a DIY shot, but none the lesser for that.
It's easier to look back with perfect hindsight and point out the journey from this to a top 5 hit ,but don't compare or contrast, this is the sound of an artist sculpting his vision, crafting his gems of songs into a polished item, yes it's rougher, yes it's more "street" , but he can sing and his lyrics are from the heart.
Soul music with a modern edge, this is the perfect antidote to the pre-packed, amorphous bands marketed via X-factor , supermarkets and TV..
Having said that, if you heard this in those situations, it would be out of place .
I missed him on Later..., but thanks to the internet and Amazon, you can relive the thrills, so, put the CD on, turn it up and dive into the world of Aloe, a place where Marvin Gaye is having dinner with Public enemy, whilst listening to Otis Redding jamming with Queen ( harmonies in the intro to Long Time Coming,his version of ... well, you listen and you'll discover this for yourself, )