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on 23 October 2010
I knew literally nothing of Aloe Blacc before buying this album. Every so often I'll take a punt on something new or unfamiliar just to see of I like it - I have a relatively eclectic taste in music, but do have a soft spot for soul.
I have never been so happy with a purchase. From beat one of 'I need a dollar' this album had me hooked. It was powerful, original and yet somehow familiar in a sense that the music felt 'real' for want of a better word.
As other reviewers have stated, this is something of a retro album in that it could easily have been recorded during the 60's / 70's the decades of great soul - this isn't 'trying to sound retro', its been recorded by musicians - not "performers" - and thus happens to sound like real music (something of a rarity in this day and auto tune age...). So much so infact I had to check the web to confirm it was recorded this year!
Highlights of the record for me have to be the uber catchy 'I need a dollar' like a modern 'inner city blues', the sublimely awesome 'Miss Fortune'- a fantastic cautionary tale of the price of fortune and the amazingly heartfelt 'Mama hold my hand' - which made me actually cry in my car. True story.
However, I can tell you I love the album, others may tell you Aloe Blacc's voice sounds like a real person and not a robot (for some a positive, for others a confusing source of fear) - the only thing I can say with any certainty is that it is seriously worth giving a try!
Comparisons have been made to legendary artists like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, I'm going to throw in a distinct flavour of Bill Withers in a number of places (particularly 'Loving you is killing me' and 'Mama hold my hand'). The comparisons feel justified to this listener and I feel this album deserves to sit alongside the greats. There's something special about it. Don't believe me? Give it a listen.
"The only problem with having everything you want is you never really know what you need"