I Get Aroundby K'Jon
When K'Jon languorously croons "I'm finally gettin' around" on the title track of his 2009 debut slab I Get Around, he's putting it lightly. The Detroit native worked the streets and radio stations of his hometown for over a decade before getting his major-label national stage. And, like Anthony Hamilton/a>/i>/a>… See more details below
When K'Jon languorously croons "I'm finally gettin' around" on the title track of his 2009 debut slab I Get Around, he's putting it lightly. The Detroit native worked the streets and radio stations of his hometown for over a decade before getting his major-label national stage. And, like Anthony Hamilton and so many others before him, the years of hustle pour out in the singer's impassioned voice. When he intones "I just want you so bad/it just seems so real" in the intro to the torch song "On the Ocean," it should be a cliché, but there's a hunger behind his words of desire giving them power. An otherworldly '70s vibe pours out of K'Jon on the first half of I Get Around, a late-night AM radio tenor of passion and seduction and sex and discarded liquor bottles; the molasses-slow "Fa Sho" even references Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" with its background scat. The title track, with its smooth soul, carefree vocals, and jazzy backdrop, conjures up domino players in front of a stone stoop on any summer's day. Any hints of aughts brand neo-soul are slight; even the subtle apparent Auto-Tune on trouble-man song "Fly Away" could easily be a Zapp-style vocoder, and the robotic synths are straight out of the pop-funk playbooks of Rufus or Shalamar. Unfortunately, there's a block of songs starting with "After the Club" where K'Jon tries his hand at more modern street jams (although he's still mostly laid-back), and he sounds, at best, drab and uninspired, at worst, wholly out of his element. Luckily, he brings the past and present on "On Everything," a spare track which mixes a sinister, slightly chopped, and a bit screwed beat with a beautiful piano hook, and the perfect bedroom-eyed vocals, buoyed by the requisite guest rap (this time by Seven the General). I Get Around is by no means original, and often gets lost, but K'Jon at his best combines the sensual prowess of Barry White with the sadness-in-struggle of Bill Withers, dropping a dash of deep soul into the heart of the Auto-Tune generation.
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Performance CreditsK'Jon Primary Artist
K. Johnson Background Vocals
Richard G. Johnson Percussion,Drums
V. Bryant Background Vocals
Dre Bowman Bass
Summer Johnson Background Vocals
Kevin R. Daniels Background Vocals
Daniel Groover Guitar
Technical CreditsGreg Reilly Engineer,Mastering
Andy Toth Producer,Engineer,drum programming
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"Wow love it, this CD is the epitome of class and passion. The lyrics and melodies are what R&B lovers have been craving for years!!! THIS is the quality of music everyone has been waiting for and has come to love/appreciate from K'Jon. This CD definitely deserves a Grammy nod!"
This cd is SENSATIONAL. It has such great sound quality and you can really feel the emotions in every song. I love this cd. I bought 3 of them just to support KJON. I fell in love with this cd after listening to the first couple of tracks. It's Awesome and it's really worth every penny. This cd is a must keep for years and years to come. With this cd you can get into your car and just drive and loose your self in the music, forget your all your troubles and your stress. It's great for relaxing with a glass of wine. Listening with friends or your spouse. Great Job KJON!! Best CD of all time!
You will have to buy it and really listen to it. It's probably one of the best CDs I've heard in a very long time.
I AM A NATIVE "HYDE PARKER" FROM CHICAGO. NEEDLESS TO SAY EVERY CITY HAS IT'S OWN DISTINCT (OR REGIONAL IF YOU WILL) SOUND. THERE IS A DANCE STYLE CALLED "STEPPING." THIS FORM OF MUSIC SPARKS DANCERS LOCALLY AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MANY "STEPPING COMPETITIONS THAT ARE HELD. THE CASH PRIZSES ARE GREAT. THE DANCERS ARE SOMETHING TO BEHOLD. IT IS A FORM OF BALLROOM AND SWING...WITH A LITTLE JAZZ/TAP FLAVOR; VERY FLUID. THE LYRICS AND SOUND EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS DISC IS INCREDIBLE. K JON'S VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL. HE'LL DO WLL I'M SURE. AS USUAL I THANK LESLIE AND THE ENTIRE "BARNES AND NOBLE" STAFF FOR THEIR KINDNESS AND CONSIDERATION. CARLA PEARSON.
This CD is SO WACK! Do not waste your time or money.