Love Surreal

A Love Surreal

by Bilal
     
 

After Airtight's Revenge was issued in 2010, Bilal picked up a Grammy nomination for that album's "Little One" and continued to be one of the most valuable guest vocalists. He enhanced the Roots' Grammy-nominated Undun and Robert Glasper…  See more details below

Overview

After Airtight's Revenge was issued in 2010, Bilal picked up a Grammy nomination for that album's "Little One" and continued to be one of the most valuable guest vocalists. He enhanced the Roots' Grammy-nominated Undun and Robert Glasper Experiment's Grammy-winning Black Radio, the latter of which includes brilliant work on a version of David Bowie's "Letter to Hermione." For his third official release, Bilal entered the studio with the intent to record an EP, but exited with an album -- one that possibly tops his previous release and has a very different character. Where Airtight's Revenge was all frayed nerves, sonically chunky, and dense, A Love Surreal is kicked back -- lighter, slower, and steamier, more about flirting and lusting than personal and societal turmoil. Backed by much of the Airtight crew, Bilal produces all but four of the 14 cuts. That includes a deceptively wild 25-minute stretch flows from the knotted but playful "Back to Love," to the sneakily hooky "Winning Hand," to the spaced-out "Right at the Core," a deadly duet with King's Paris Strother in which resistance is futile ("You got me at the core"; "You tried to hate me, but your heart is still in it"). The album's latter half is just as remarkable. "Astray" is raw, bluesy soul, its longing tangible from the first lines: "Feelin' chills in the summertime, hot and cold/Something happens to the weather when you're gone." On "Butterfly," he reconnects with Glasper for a sparse ballad -- incorporating delicate, otherworldly Moog accents from Masayuki Hirano -- that should produce all-weather chills. It deserves to circulate as much Herbie Hancock's similarly lissome composition of the same title. As a producer and songwriter, Bilal has stepped up. As a vocalist, he remains supernaturally skilled and creative -- swooping, diving, wailing, and sighing, all with complete command.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923243526
catalogNumber:
2435
Rank:
92198

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bilal   Primary Artist
Aaron Draper   Percussion
Derrick Hodge   Bass
Mike Severson   Acoustic Guitar
Steve McKie   Drums
Conley "Tone" Whitfield   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Ben O'Neil   Electric Guitar
Paris Strother   Keyboards
Corey Bernhard   Strings,Keyboards
Andre Pickney   Bass

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Promoter
Shafiq Husayn   Producer
Mike Severson   Producer
Bilal Oliver   Producer,Executive Producer
Steve McKie   Producer,Engineer
Tariq Khan   Engineer
Hanif Sumner   Publicity
Conley "Tone" Whitfield   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Giovanna Melchiorre   Publicity
Russell Johnson   Executive Producer
A. Collins   Composer
R. Glasper   Composer
B. Oliver   Composer
P. Strother   Composer
Ben O'Neil   Producer
Andrew Taub   Engineer
George Littlejohn   Executive Producer
Paris Strother   Producer
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Corey Bernhard   Producer
Dontay Thompson   Promoter

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >