Good Things

Good Things

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by Aloe Blacc
     
 

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All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc's sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening "I Need a Dollar" -- which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem -- the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing,

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All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc's sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening "I Need a Dollar" -- which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem -- the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed ("Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way") in a manner that's far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on "Hey Brother." An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale," which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests he's been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blacc's delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Stones Throw
UPC:
0659457224523
catalogNumber:
72245
Rank:
9396

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Performance Credits

Aloe Blacc   Primary Artist,Vocals
Garo Yellin   Cello
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet,Mellowphone
Nick Movshon   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Leon Michels   Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
Garrett Devoe   Acoustic Guitar
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Toby Pazner   Piano,Vibes
Quincy Bright   Bass
Jeff Dynamite   Drums
Luke Riverside   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peanut Butter Wolf   Executive Producer
Aloe Blacc   Art Direction
Leon Michels   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jeff Dynamite   Producer,Engineer

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Good Things 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SparklyAthena More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you look at an album cover and kinda scoff at it. You think to yourself, "Pffft...whatever." and don't give it another moments thought. That's exactly what I did when I saw the album cover. Forced to listen to it, because I work in retail, I fell in love. It had become one of my favorite cd's almost instantaineously.