The Man

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The gap between Sing (If You Want It) and The Man amounts to the longest wait between Omar albums yet, but the always creative R&B veteran's seventh full-length is not the result of being pressed into action. In more than one sense, this is a relaxed continuation of the 2006 set. The seeds were planted back then. "Lift Off," the two-minute instrumental intro of Sing (If You Want It), is developed here into a full-blown song -- a warm, romantic duet with the great Caron Wheeler, who contributed background vocals to some of Omar's earliest Kongo Dance output. Omar also goes way back to update his first album's title song, "There's Nothing Like This," with Pino Palladino ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The gap between Sing (If You Want It) and The Man amounts to the longest wait between Omar albums yet, but the always creative R&B veteran's seventh full-length is not the result of being pressed into action. In more than one sense, this is a relaxed continuation of the 2006 set. The seeds were planted back then. "Lift Off," the two-minute instrumental intro of Sing (If You Want It), is developed here into a full-blown song -- a warm, romantic duet with the great Caron Wheeler, who contributed background vocals to some of Omar's earliest Kongo Dance output. Omar also goes way back to update his first album's title song, "There's Nothing Like This," with Pino Palladino on bass and lively interplay between Ben Edwards' trumpet and Richard Beesley's tenor sax. Omar, as usual, can't help but incorporate decades-old elements that have inspired him. At various points, the material recalls anything from the Meters to upbeat Terry Callier -- with the funk as hard as the folk-soul is elegant -- and Latin and Jamaican accents weave in and out with a natural touch. On a majority of the tracks, Omar is assisted by a band, yet the songs on which he receives little or no help -- such as "I Love Being with You," keenly embellished with a brilliant mix of piano, clavinet, synthesizer, and synthetic strings -- are just as rich. It's all fresh and vigorous, very much in the present and built to last.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351581020
  • Catalog Number: 5810
  • Sales rank: 47,756

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simplify (3:19)
  2. 2 The Man (4:12)
  3. 3 Come on Speak to Me (3:22)
  4. 4 I Can Listen (3:22)
  5. 5 Bully (4:01)
  6. 6 Treat You (3:41)
  7. 7 Fuck War, Make Love (3:28)
  8. 8 High Heels - Hidden Jazz Quartett (4:43)
  9. 9 I Love Being With You (3:33)
  10. 10 There's Nothing Like This (5:23)
  11. 11 Eeni Meeni Myni Mo (4:20)
  12. 12 When You Touch We Touch (4:26)
  13. 13 Ordinary Day (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Omar Primary Artist
Caron Wheeler Vocals, Background Vocals
Don-E Guitar
Neville Malcolm Bass, Guitar
Pino Palladino Bass, spanish guitar
Stuart Zender Bass
Richie Stevens Drums
Jim Hunt Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lutz Krajenski Hammond B3
Scratch Professor Guitar, scratching, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Ben Castle Flute, Saxophone
Duncan Mackay Trumpet
Matthias Meusel Drums
Stephan Abel Saxophone
Jo Watts Violin
Olaf Casimir Bass
Dom Glover Trumpet
Allan Simpson Guitar, Viola
Jonathan Shorten Synthesizer
Nichol Thomson Trombone
Omar Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Richard Beesley Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Fridell Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Len Lawrence Percussion
Ben Edwards Trumpet
Karin Fransson Violin
Ulrich Rhode Guitar
Samis (Psalms) Hammer Lyefood Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Falco Vocal Engineer
Mike Pelanconi Engineer
Scratch Professor Producer
Ralf Zitzmann Arranger, Producer
Christian Decker Arranger, Producer
Jonathan Shorten Engineer
Omar Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Daniel Fridell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pete Maher Mastering
Edward Otchere Cover Photo
U Rhode Composer
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