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Slow Down, People! This Is Just Okay
on 1 October 2004
So what do I make of this CD, especially after reading all the other reviews? I find myself stuck in the middle. While it's nowhere near the magnum opus some people think it is, Anthony Hamilton's "Comin' From Where I'm From" isn't as bad as others claim. It's a very passable CD, with a few high points, but with more filler than I'd care to see. It's clear that Hamilton's heart is in the right place and he shows some potential, but the CD sounds like a rough demo that needed some additional touching up. The lyrics can get a bit banal, and the production follows the "neo-retro-soul" cliche handbook a little too faithfully. Not to mention that Hamilton's voice required some getting used to. But I did like "Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens," "My First Love" with LaToiya Williams, "Since I Seen't You," and "Better Days." This makes a decent listen on Saturday night, though there's nothing here that you haven't heard before (unless you've never heard of Stevie, Donny, and Al). I honestly think with a better focus and more inspired material, Hamilton will one day make THE record, but, for now, "Comin From Where I'm From" is just okay.