Soul Speak

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In the tradition of his successful Motown records, Michael McDonald's new album is another collection of classic soul-tinged covers. This time, the soulful crooner tackles tunes made famous by music heavyweights including Stevie Wonder ("Living for the City"), Jackie Wilson ("Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher"), Van Morrison ("Into the Mystic"), Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By"), and Bob Marley ("Redemption Song"). Soul Speak also features three new songs: "Only God Can Help Me Now," "Enemy Within," and "Can't Get Over You (Getting Over Me)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What's left for Michael McDonald after two albums of Motown covers? ...
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In the tradition of his successful Motown records, Michael McDonald's new album is another collection of classic soul-tinged covers. This time, the soulful crooner tackles tunes made famous by music heavyweights including Stevie Wonder ("Living for the City"), Jackie Wilson ("Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher"), Van Morrison ("Into the Mystic"), Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By"), and Bob Marley ("Redemption Song"). Soul Speak also features three new songs: "Only God Can Help Me Now," "Enemy Within," and "Can't Get Over You (Getting Over Me)."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What's left for Michael McDonald after two albums of Motown covers? Plenty of soul standards that weren't recorded for Motown, plus several other songs that are "soulful" but not strictly soul, and that's just what he offers on Soul Speak, his 2008 sequel to his Motown sequel, 2004's Motown Two. Soul Speak shares the same basic sound and feel as the two Motown records -- it's all sleek, glassy grooves powered by pros -- and if it lacks the hint of looseness that made Two a superior record to its big brother, that's because Soul Speak isn't designed to be a party record like the Motown albums. As the covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" suggest, Soul Speak is a bit moodier and more contemplative than either of its Motown cousins, but that's a relative term: there are still plenty of sprightly, classy pop-soul grooves here, nice versions of "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" and "For Once In My Life" that keep Soul Speak moving. But where these brightly elegant grooves dominated on the Motown albums, they're used for coloring here, shading the covers of Cohen, Marley, and Van Morrison ("Into the Mystic") and three solid new originals from McDonald ("Only God Can Help Me Now," "Enemy Within," "Still Not Over You (Getting Over Me)"). Despite the soul in the title, this album recalls the warm soft rock that was his specialty in the early '80s as much as it does his recent soul, particularly because it does rely a little bit more on soft ballads (such as the excellent closer of the standard "You Don't Know Me"), and that is not a bad thing at all. Indeed, it could be argued that of his albums of the new millennium, Soul Speak comes the closest to capturing the sound and feel of Michael McDonald at his peak, all without ever sounding like a conscious re-creation of that time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517624139
  • Catalog Number: 001080602
  • Sales rank: 39,571

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael McDonald Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar, Sitar
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Nathan East Bass Guitar
The Kick Horns Brass
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Sharon White Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Tim Lauer Accordion
Toby Baker Synthesizer, Keyboards
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Percussion, Drums
Debbie Selby Background Vocals
Denise "Nissi" Allen Background Vocals
Tim Carmen Organ, Piano
Rachel Oteh Background Vocals
Drea Rhenee Background Vocals
Calvin Nowell Background Vocals
Out For Souls Choir Background Vocals
Rian Peters Background Vocals
Denise Allen Background Vocals
Michelle John Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Michael McDonald Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Simon Climie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Hal David Composer
Alan Douglas Engineer
The Kick Horns Brass Band
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Gary Jackson Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Van Morrison Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Tony Swain Executive Producer
Cecil Womack Composer
Linda Womack Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Raynard Miner Composer
Toby Baker Programming
Orlando Murden Composer
Carl Wolfolk Composer
Barry Despenza Composer
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Arranger, Producer
Joel Evenden Engineer, Digital Editing
Shannon Forest Engineer
Christopher Kornmann Art Direction
Eddie Gip Noble Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sold on 'Soul Speak'.

    Michael McDonald typically slams the pedal to the metal, and it's just as well he does. His terrific vocal performance saves 'Soul Speak', making up for several disappointing arrangements and a few uninspired cover choices. A pretty good album overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    Michael McDonald gives a new twist to some classics. The album is great to listen to and, even better, my 5 year loves it! She asks me to play it everytime we go in the car because the beat is so catchy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS GREAT!!!

    Soul Speak is a great cd i love all the songs on it Michael did a wonderful job on it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soul Speak by Michael McDonald

    I had the opportunity to listen to this album yesterday. Mr. McDonald's voice is as always, fantastic. The choice of songs here, amazing. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING

    Go Get It, this album is AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snippets sound promising

    Although this cd is not yet available for shipment, a few websites have already leaked snippets of songs and three songs are already receiving airplay and charting well. The song selections are safe but the delivery manages to vary so the songs sound new. Guaranteed to be an easy listen.

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    Posted November 27, 2010

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