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Aloe Blacc - Good Things

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All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc’s sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening “I Need a Dollar” -- which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem -- the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed (“Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way”) in a manner that’s far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on “Hey Brother.” An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale,” which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests he’s been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blacc’s delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit. ~ David Jeffries

1) I Need a Dollar (04:04)
2) Green Lights (02:55)
3) Hey Brother (02:38)
4) Miss Fortune (04:20)
5) Life So Hard (04:11)
6) Take Me Back (03:45)
7) Femme Fatale (03:54)
8) Loving You Is Killing Me (03:25)
9) Good Things (04:02)
10) You Make Me Smile (03:25)
11) If I (04:07)
12) Mama Hold My Hand (05:08)
13) Politician (Reprise) (01:38)

Good Things
EMI Music Distribution
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Good Things | Aloe Blacc