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Good Things

Aloe Blacc

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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 /TiVo

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1
I Need A Dollar
00:04:03

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

2
Green Lights
00:02:54

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

3
Hey Brother
00:02:36

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

4
Miss Fortune
00:04:19

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

5
Life So Hard
00:04:09

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

6
Take Me Back
00:03:42

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

7
Femme Fatale
00:03:51

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

8
Loving You Is Killing Me
00:03:24

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

9
Good Things
00:04:00

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

10
You Make Me Smile
00:03:24

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

11
If I
00:04:04

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

12
Mama Hold My Hand
00:05:07

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

13
Politician (Reprise)
00:01:38

Aloe Blacc, Artist, MainArtist

2010 Stones Throw Records 2010 Stones Throw Records

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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