Even Closer

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
Even Closer is a reworked version of Goapele's limited release debut, Closer, with five additional songs: "Ease Your Mind" featuring Pep Love, "Got It," "The Daze" featuring Zion I and Casual, "Back to You," and "Red, White & Blues" an anti-war song featuring a blistering guitar solo by Errol Cooney. It showcases Goapele's sultry, cascading voice with relatively sparse vocal arrangements and the contributions of producers such as Amp Live, Jeff Bhasker, Eric Krasno, and Mike Tiger, who help create a smooth, tasty mixture of soul, hip-hop, jazz, and occasional touches of other styles. Goapele navigates this potpourri quite adeptly, although the album does tread a thin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
Even Closer is a reworked version of Goapele's limited release debut, Closer, with five additional songs: "Ease Your Mind" featuring Pep Love, "Got It," "The Daze" featuring Zion I and Casual, "Back to You," and "Red, White & Blues" an anti-war song featuring a blistering guitar solo by Errol Cooney. It showcases Goapele's sultry, cascading voice with relatively sparse vocal arrangements and the contributions of producers such as Amp Live, Jeff Bhasker, Eric Krasno, and Mike Tiger, who help create a smooth, tasty mixture of soul, hip-hop, jazz, and occasional touches of other styles. Goapele navigates this potpourri quite adeptly, although the album does tread a thin line between appealingly eclectic and insufficiently cohesive; fortunately, she has enough talent, including a sufficiently distinctive vocal personality, to pull it off. The words tend toward lyrical and enigmatic, but occasionally they are effectively straightforward and to the point e.g., "'Cause you're so f**k'n romantic/I can't stand it" from "Romantic"; Goapele also manages to tackle social/political issues without getting too preachy. However, some may wish her social protest lyrics were less vague and more incisive; also, the album isn't replete with clever wordplay and the rhymes tend to be conventional combinations such as "friend"/"end" and "same"/"blame." Nonetheless, this album is worth a listen if you enjoy contemporary soul.
Billboard
This arresting set organically mixes R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica in introspective, candid songs that colorfully reflect this soulful sista's diverse range and life experiences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Red Urban Records
  • UPC: 766927279522
  • Catalog Number: 72795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer (3:49)
  2. 2 Ease Your Mind (3:36)
  3. 3 Got It (3:16)
  4. 4 Romantic (5:38)
  5. 5 Too Much the Same (3:57)
  6. 6 Catch 22 (4:09)
  7. 7 The Daze (3:07)
  8. 8 Thing's Don't Exist (4:32)
  9. 9 Childhood Drama (3:15)
  10. 10 Salvation (3:42)
  11. 11 Back to You (4:16)
  12. 12 Butterflykisses (3:21)
  13. 13 It Takes More (3:58)
  14. 14 Red, White and Blues
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Goapele Primary Artist
Brian Collier Drums
Mark Kellye Bass
Eric Smith Bass
James Hurt Keyboards
Allan Evans Drums
Neal Evans Hammond Organ
Eric Krasno Guitar
Uriah Duffy Bass
Mike Tiger Guitar, Keyboards, Mini Moog
Errol Cooney Guitar
Charles Haines Drums
Technical Credits
Sun & the Moon Producer
Steve Counter Engineer
DJ Fuze Cut
Ken Lee Mastering
Rob Rodrigues Paintings
Keba Konte Cover Art
Soulive Producer
Eric Krasno Producer
Amp Live Producer
Mike Tiger Producer, Instrumentation
Namane Mohlabane Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely album

    This is an excellent album. You can listen to every song. I hope she gets some credit for this because a lot of singers out there, do not possess her talent, singing, songwriting and producing. I am so glad to buy this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goapele

    It doesn't get any better than this But i'm sure she could go farther if she wahted Great!!!!! Even Better In Concert!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensually and Soulfully Wonderful !!!

    I would have paid $18 for this CD. She is soulfull and refreshing. Can't wait for her next project. Every song is HOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goapele is amazing

    This album is superb. Goapele sings from her soul and the results are magnificent. What a beautiful and unique voice she has. Listen to "Even Closer" and "Salvation" and you'll see what I mean. This woman is truly a hidden treasure. While I don't want her to become commercial, I wish more people knew about this phenomenal singer. Eclectic, meditational, atmospheric soul. Awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!

    There is no one that can compare to Goapele's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sit back, smile, sip and slip away

    I love this CD. It is definitely a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bangin'

    This CD is a true work of art. It is hard to categorize Goapele, because she is so versatile. It is definitely a must have for anyone that likes music that comes from the soul!

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