Black Rose

Black Rose

5.0 1
by Hil St. Soul
     
 

The reduced role of multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Victor Redwood Sawyerr that marked the third Hil St. Soul album continues on the fourth, Black Rose. But again, the mixture of other collaborators does not provide much of a change from the Hil St. Soul m.o. established on See more details below

Overview

The reduced role of multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Victor Redwood Sawyerr that marked the third Hil St. Soul album continues on the fourth, Black Rose. But again, the mixture of other collaborators does not provide much of a change from the Hil St. Soul m.o. established on Soul Organic and Copasetik & Cool. With songs like "Wash Away" (put together with Fidel and Shae) and "Gravity" (co-written with Harmony), which could function as surrogate Faith Evans or Mary J. Blige songs, it remains a shame that Hilary Mwelwa is on a small-budget label and strictly compartmentalized into "grown folks R&B," with little chance of anyone under the age of 30 being exposed to her. Then again, with purposely flash-less songs like the nostalgic "Sweetest Days" ("There was no Nintendo or computer games but a natural interaction with your friends") and the motherly "Don't Forget the Ghetto" ("What is a dollar if you got no sense?"), it's clear that her character is more in line with the relatively mature crowd. With all the expected laid-back arrangements, it would be easy to miss the sly pointedness of the album's central and title track, an understated anthem where Mwelwa also takes a clear swipe at the suspicious rise in popularity of a specific singer and the corresponding lack of recognition for others who are equally (if not more) talented: "Don't get it twisted, 'cause I gotta speak my mind/I'm not trying to split hairs, but I gotta bee in my bonnet/English rose singing soul music, they get praised for it/A black rose singing soul music gets no love for it." The album, as a whole, offers more in the way of subtle stimulation than dry featurelessness (there is some of that), and it's one of the best yet that Mwelwa, Sawyerr, and company have offered.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351577221
catalogNumber:
5772
Rank:
77360

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hil St. Soul   Primary Artist
Hilary Mwelwa   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicholas Cole   Guitar

Technical Credits

Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Randall Grass   Executive Producer
Blue Miller   Composer
VRS   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
India.Arie   Composer
Victor Redwood Sawyerr   Executive Producer
Steve Antony   Producer
Aaron Hercules   Executive Producer
Hilary Mwelwa   Composer,Executive Producer
Steve Anthony   Programming
Art Beat   Programming

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >