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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • UPC: 659457224523
  • Catalog Number: 72245
  • Sales rank: 23,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Need a Dollar (4:04)
  2. 2 Green Lights (2:55)
  3. 3 Hey Brother (2:38)
  4. 4 Miss Fortune (4:20)
  5. 5 Life So Hard (4:11)
  6. 6 Take Me Back (3:45)
  7. 7 Femme Fatale (3:54)
  8. 8 Loving You is Killing Me (3:25)
  9. 9 Good Things (4:02)
  10. 10 You Make Me Smile (3:25)
  11. 11 If I (4:07)
  12. 12 Mama Hold My Hand (5:08)
  13. 13 Politician (Reprise) (1:38)
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Album Credits

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
Toby Pazner Piano, Vibes
Quincy Bright Bass
Tommy Brenneck Guitar
Jeff Dynamite Drums
Luke Riverside Guitar
Technical Credits
Peanut Butter Wolf Executive Producer
Adrian Morgan Mastering
Aloe Blacc Art Direction
Leon Michels Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jeff Dynamite Producer, Engineer
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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Love, Love, LOVE THIS ALBUM!

    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.

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