Wow, I didn't think this was still possible. I spent one of my very formative years just a few miles from Detroit, way back when CKLW played all the soul music I wanted. In later years soul has been distorted by all kinds od popular music, and now here comes this guy from Holland (well, originally from Suriname) and does the soul like anyone from old Motown. I'm sitting here in front of my CD player and am just feeling like back then sitting listening to my transistor playing good ole CKLW. Boy oh boy.
This is a delightful first album for the singer, Clarence Milton Bekker. He is one of the main singers in the lovely group of people who make up Playing for Change, a movement to bring peace and love through music. Clarence has true soul and and seeing him perform live in the videos of the Playing for Change songs is very moving. His album takes a lighter tone, however, and while I very much enjoy listening to it, I think I prefer listening to his more gutsy singing on the Playing for Change songs. However, this album will appeal to a large range of people and I look forward to his next one.