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it's the truth!
on 5 September 2008
Self Portrait is Lalah's 4th album and she just keeps on getting better and better. The cover sticker calls it contemporary urban soul, whatever that is. Genre defying it certainly is. Rhythm n Bass it is not, neither is it neo soul - more a deep soul. If you must have a comparison......think along the lines of Anthony Hamilton.
Whatever. It's an excellent example of the art of songwriting, simple but sympathetic arrangements, wonderfully effective backing vocals, great musicianship and production. On top of all that is the voice. THE voice. Full, warm, earthy, full of soul. In fact, close your eyes and from time to time - particularly in the ad libs - you will swear that you are listening to Donny. I can give no higher compliment than that.
Every time I play this album I get taken back to the time when soul albums were events, got into your heart and mind and were played and played......and played. Not like the disposable output of much of today's sales-targeted product. It seems to have been made with no mind to whether or not it would sell - and it's much the better for it. There's the rub - it should sell in bucketloads. Lalah should be a household name, and not because of her father but because of her own true talent.
If you like your music honest, classy, great songs, great arrangements and musicianship, then this is for you. Buy with confidence.