The Reflection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Being labeled and marketed as a blues musician was never really a good fit for Keb' Mo'. True, he first came to the attention of most when he came out of Compton playing Robert Johnson songs on a National Steel guitar, and that's how his recording career started, but this is a guy who used to be a staff songwriter for A&M Records, so he has always had plenty of pop, soul, R&B, and jazz in his kit bag and, truth be known, he's really closer to an artist like James Taylor than he is to Howlin' Wolf. His new album, The Reflection, the first on his own Yolabelle record imprint (he also self-produced the album) after several releases with Sony, has nothing on it that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Being labeled and marketed as a blues musician was never really a good fit for Keb' Mo'. True, he first came to the attention of most when he came out of Compton playing Robert Johnson songs on a National Steel guitar, and that's how his recording career started, but this is a guy who used to be a staff songwriter for A&M Records, so he has always had plenty of pop, soul, R&B, and jazz in his kit bag and, truth be known, he's really closer to an artist like James Taylor than he is to Howlin' Wolf. His new album, The Reflection, the first on his own Yolabelle record imprint (he also self-produced the album) after several releases with Sony, has nothing on it that could be called blues, and nothing that even really comes close. It's a calm, easy, and mellow mixture of adult pop, urban soul, and very light funk, but then Mo' has been flirting with this kind of thing for a couple of albums now and it's clear that this is closer to what he's all about than being a blues preservationist -- which he really never was in the first place. The sound on this release is crisp and warm, smooth as honey, and never jarring, as Mo' muses on love and its difficulties in different settings, his vocals full of sincerity and good will. It's all as pleasant as an easy summer afternoon, which is both a strength here and a problem. Nothing about The Reflection has an edge of any sort and as song after song rolls by, it gets lulling, and only a handful of the songs immediately stand out, most notably "We Don't Need It," a timely song about a man who loses his job and has to come home and tell his family, and "Crush on You," which features guest vocals from India.Arie and has a charmingly light and innocent groove to it. A version of the Eagles' "One of These Nights," which features alto sax from Dave Koz, also stands out, but not for the right reasons. Mo' has turned the song, which was fueled by the feeling of desperate lust in the original Eagles version, into a gentle song of yearning, and while the lyrics and melody still work in a more relaxed setting, the song really doesn't generate the edge it needs to truly resonate. Keb' Mo' never was Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, or Muddy Waters, but he isn't quite James Taylor yet, either. The Reflection is a warm outing, and it's easy to like the sound of it, but all smooth honey makes one hungry for something with a little bit more of a kick to it now and then.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Yolabelle Int'l
  • UPC: 014431111723
  • Catalog Number: 11117
  • Sales rank: 2,450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Whole Enchilada (4:25)
  2. 2 Inside Outside (3:36)
  3. 3 All the Way (3:50)
  4. 4 The Reflection (I See Myself in You) (6:47)
  5. 5 Crush On You - India.Arie (3:33)
  6. 6 One of These Nights (3:49)
  7. 7 My Baby's Tellin' Lies (3:40)
  8. 8 My Shadow - Mindi Abair (4:51)
  9. 9 We Don't Need It (4:38)
  10. 10 Just Lookin' (3:56)
  11. 11 Walk Through Fire (4:13)
  12. 12 Something Within (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keb' Mo' Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Dave Koz Alto Saxophone
Jeff Paris Synthesizer, Piano
David T. Walker Electric Guitar
Bruce Bouton Lap Steel Guitar, Soloist
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Vince Gill Mandolin, Vocals
Andrew Gouche Bass
Tony Harrell Hammond Organ
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Vail Johnson Bass
Reggie McBride Bass
Kevin McCormick Bass
Marcus Miller Bass
Greg Phillinganes Hammond Organ
Jason White Hammond Organ
Victor Wooten Bass
Mark Wyatt Vocals
Tracy Carter Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Mindi Abair Soprano Saxophone
David Delhomme Electric Piano
Manny Alvarez Lap Steel Guitar
Gordon Campbell Cymbals, Drums, Toms
Greg Manning Synthesizer, Electric Piano
India.Arie Vocals
Kevin So Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Paulie Cerra Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Young Piano, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Spinet
Rochelle Rawls Vocal Ad-Libs
Freddie Washington Bass
Kevin Moore II Drums
Dave Delhomme Electric Piano
Erik Walls Electric Guitar
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Vida Simon Background Vocals
John Robinson Drums
Lisa Linson Background Vocals
Bobbette Hairston Background Vocals
Roosevelt Victor Wyatt Vocals
Robbie Brooks-Moore Background Vocals
Lauvella Cole Background Vocals
Heather Lauren Donovan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Skip Ewing Composer
Don Henley Composer
Melissa Manchester Composer
Alex Brown Vocal Arrangements
Glenn Frey Composer
Vince Gill Composer
Kevin Moore Composer
Bob Ohlsson Mastering
Phil Ramocon Composer
Maia Sharp Composer
Keb' Mo' Producer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
John Lewis Parker Composer
Leon Ware Composer
John Boncimino Executive Producer
Lucie E. Campbell Composer
Kevin So Composer
Rob Skipworth Engineer
Kevin Moore II rhythm arrangement
Meghan Aileen Schirmer Cover Design
John Schirmer Engineer
Allan D. Rich Composer
Herm Wyatt Vocal Engineer
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