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].
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.
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].
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].
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].
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.
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].