Lyric Riffs

Mar 11, 2014

The sun may never rise again/The question ain’t if but when/The sea will boil and the sky will fall/The sun may never rise again

from Ticking Bomb lyrics by Aloe Blacc

Another return to the country western theme, which sounds better and better as the album goes on. It’s part Johnny Cash and part Robert Johnson with Aloe doing his part in writing out the final chapters. The darkness is a compelling part of the album, and it deserves more exploration.

Mar 11, 2014

Now when I’m looking up at the stars I often wonder why/You’re sitting here with me and not up in the sky/But I ain’t gonna complain I got myself a good thing/You’re an angel but I ain’t giving back you wings

from Wanna Be With You lyrics by Aloe Blacc

An accompaniment for a summer time romp – one that involves the beach, some friends, and a whole lot of debauchery. it’s got all the elements needed – a catchy hook, steady percussion, and a sweet Stevie Wonder like breakdown. No drama, just a lot of laughs and hugs for everyone to enjoy; [LISTEN].


Mar 11, 2014

In my red velvet seat/You can sit next to me/Got a bouquet of lilies and daisies and roses/For you to keep

from Red Velvet Seat lyrics by Aloe Blacc

The emblematic, buttery love song, what album would be complete without it. But the difference is instead of getting gaudy and amoral, he rolls out the red carpet giving it the five star treatment. Love is a sanctimonious act and he’s paying homage with the gentleman class and demeanor of a gentlemen; [LISTEN].

Mar 11, 2014

Remember that love is sacred/And happiness is the key/And if you want to change the world/Then be the change that you want to see

from Eyes of a Child lyrics by Aloe Blacc

As the closer we get a little bit of everything – soft balladry, a Blue Note like backdrop, and thoughtful words of wisdom. It’s an understated way to close the album, but exactly in line with how he operates. His message is honest and his delivery is simple, which has been his M.O. since day one.

Mar 11, 2014

Neighborhood hustler come knocking at my door/Got to pay my debts, need to settle the score/’Cause I don’t want no more trouble from these fellas no more

from Solider in the City lyrics by Aloe Blacc

Combating urban decay with his own brand of poetic justice, our protagonist offers a glimpse of what it’s like to survive in the ghetto. There are neighborhood hustlers, hood rats and tramps looking to chop him down at every turn. And with very few ways out he does what he needs to do to survive.


Mar 11, 2014

Stand up now and face the sun/Won’t hide my tail or turn and run/It’s time to do what must be done/Be a king when the kingdom comes

from The Man lyrics by Aloe Blacc

The second mega hit to come from his EP – one that was gobbled up by Beats by Dre. Its triumphant feel and inspiring orchestration is tailor-made for Blacc’s voice, forging together as one into an ironclad, “me against the world” anthem. It’s yet another example of a king embracing his crown; [LISTEN].

Mar 11, 2014

Feeling my way through darkness/Guided by a beating heart/I can’t tell you where the journey will end/But I know where to start

from Wake me Up lyrics by Aloe Blacc

A righteous opener, with a surprisingly warm country western motif serving as its bedrock. It’s an unexpected turn from such a seasoned R&B veteran, but the lively acoustics work well adding drama to an already emotive voice. It’s an epic, soul riveting call to greatness; [LISTEN].

Mar 11, 2014

Now why you standing on the wall?/Did you come to dance at all?/I’m watching you, girl, watching me/If you got moves then let me see

from Can You Do This lyrics by Aloe Blacc

A dark turn that conjures up a “Femme Fatale” like feel. It unfolds like a contemporary crime noir – full of mystery, action and intrigue. Aloe makes for a perfect hero, and gives it the type of effortless cool that a beat like this needs. High octane with adventure waiting around every corner; [LISTEN].

Mar 11, 2014

Times have changed everything’s strange nothing is what it seems/Is a friend someone who drops in or a face on a telephone screen/When my chips are down and I’m feeling low who I’m supposed to calls/Who gonna help me stand on my feet after I fall

from Lift Your Spirit lyrics by Aloe Blacc

There’s a faint outline of the Jackson 5‘s ”I Want You Back” that makes it a little hard to digest. He gets a little old man nostalgic too, but luckily asks the right type of questions – the ones that speak directly to his fan base. The approach is earthy and organic, and helps settle the album down.


Mar 11, 2014

Been from 5 star hotels to cockroach motels/And Rodeo drive retails to thrift store resale/I’ve had chauffeured town cars to an old broken down car/It ain’t what happens to you, it’s what you do about it

from Here Today lyrics by Aloe Blacc

By this time it’s apparent that every time Blacc approaches the plate he’s swinging for the fences. He’s offering up no excuses for failure by explaining in detail just how far he’s come. The call-and-response and theatrical orchestration only enhances what’s already an inspiring message; [LISTEN].



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