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Way I Feel
     

The Way I Feel

4.7 20
by Remy Shand
 
At first glance, it's easy to write off Remy Shand as the Vanilla Ice of neo-soul. But with Kedar Massenburg -- the Motown exec who discovered Erykah Badu and D'Angelo -- in his corner and a vibe that echoes Curtis Mayfield, this singer-songwriter-musician deserves to be taken seriously.

Overview

At first glance, it's easy to write off Remy Shand as the Vanilla Ice of neo-soul. But with Kedar Massenburg -- the Motown exec who discovered Erykah Badu and D'Angelo -- in his corner and a vibe that echoes Curtis Mayfield, this singer-songwriter-musician deserves to be taken seriously.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The problem with neo-soul is that its advocates are quick to celebrate artists that capture the merest essence of the form -- elements that are clearly reminiscent of Stevie, Curtis, Sly, Marvin, even Prince -- without caring whether the songs themselves are all that memorable. Usually, what matters is the feel and the mannerisms, as evidenced by D'Angelo's praised, mannered second album. Even acclaimed artists like Alicia Keys are praised for what they could be as much as for what they are. This is the background that makes Remy Shand's debut album, The Way I Feel, such a surprise. By all accounts, Shand should not be a musician that gets it right -- he's a clean, white, middle-class twentysomething, raised on records that were made well before his birth. Sometimes, this background is evident in the production, when he and co-executive producer Steve Warden rely on sounds that evoke classic early-'70s soul, or in Shand's slightly affected falsetto, but those are exceptions to the rule on The Way I Feel, because the album's foundation is built on classic songwriting -- sturdy, tuneful songs that are deceptively simple in their structure but reveal their strength through repeated listens. They're winning upon the first listen, since they have a sweet, sultry feel delivered smoothly and assuredly, but so does most neo-soul -- it's the repeated plays that reveal that the songs themselves are the most seductive thing about the album, not the lush, post-Philly soul production, or the fact that Remy Shand played nearly every instrument on this record. Yes, he's indebted to his idols, but no more than the Strokes are to theirs -- and this is the romantic soul flip side of Is This It's invigorating slice of traditionalism, which means even if you've heard and loved music like this before, you'll soon be swayed by the sound, skill, and sheer joy of this debut, one of the very best of its kind.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044001448126
catalogNumber:
014481

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Remy Shand   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Clavinet,Beat Box,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Strings,Analogue Synthesizer,Vocals (Rhythm)
Ken Gold   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Barry White   grooming
Remy Shand   Arranger,Echoplex,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer

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The Way I Feel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never heard a better compilation of music. Especialy for his first album. Remy has an unmistakable sound that is his own. It's refreshing to know the're still genuine artists out in the diluted merky world of music. He is truly one of those. I have a feeling this guy could sing his way into any woman's heart among other things. I'd like to cat around with this guy. He's got style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums ever made, he mixes,funk,jazz,neo soul,and even punk.and if you lesson closely you can hear him smoking pot in the back ground.this is a great cd but he's not making sense!!!! buy two copys of this incase you breake one lessoning to this nonsense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey gonna to be the next Jon B.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remy is a soulful artist who will be here years to come!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remy Shand proved his talent to the whole world today by releasing his album ''The Way I Feel''. On this CD are 11 songs written, produced, arranged, performed and mixed by the 23 year old. With influences like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye I have do doubt Remy will be a big hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time i heard remy, i was immediately hooked. He is such a brilliant musician. It's the kind of music you can listen to any time. They were great yesterday at the El Rey in Los Angeles. Hopefully they keep on bringing us amazing music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remy is a soulfull singer, artist, writer and producer who will rock the R&B charts. Must buy this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album takes us into 21st century with the new style of singers who are not African-American that can sing with soul. The crossover reveloution has come and Remy is leading the way! He has style, good looks and a great voice. I hope to see more of our crossover singers brought to our attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album provokes deep thoughts the beats are smooth and the lyrics are those of a poet fans of Maxwell will love this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey everyone. Great job on staging all these wonderful posts... Now then a pro in on it... Let Me Tell You How I Feel, Remy A Review by David Jack Browning 06/07/2002 Remy Shand really wants to be a soul star. He¿s got the vibe¿that very essential vibe to create good soul music. Yeah, he¿s got that. He¿s got the right touch with the music¿his blend of electric piano, guitar, bass and drums (all played by Remy) seems to be the perfect one-man band. But what he doesn¿t have is the voice. The boy cannot sing. Take your pick from any of Remy¿s 11 tracks from his debut album, The Way I Feel and pay close attention to the development of each song. Most songs start out with Remy doing his best to be a soul prince, wailing and whining. It¿s a formula that¿s worked for so many of his predecessors, but not for Remy. His intros beg for something¿anything¿but instead you get Remy¿s walloping serving-of-Tabasco-in-your-glass-of-water voice. It just doesn¿t fit with his incredible instrumentation. Once his backup boots his voice in the butt, you get a funky soul kick that really gets you to feel Remy¿s vibe¿and for one fleeting moment, you forget just how bad the introduction to the song and Remy¿s voice really are. And then, you have three minutes later, you¿re staring at that same damn demon¿the infamous Remywhine. I had high hopes for young Remy. His first single, ¿Take A Message,¿ had that annoying Remy a cappella introduction but I figured it was an isolated incident. So to discover that a good share of the album followed that same pattern was a sorry disappointment. The worst is the album¿s second track, ¿Burning Bridges.¿ Remy wails at the beginning of the track, ¿Another time, another space, mark my words (imagine very high wail here) I can¿t take another day of sadness.¿ At this point, at the beginning of just the second track of the album, I¿d be lucky to take another song of senseless wailing. To his credit, his band (backed by Remy, Remy and Remy) balances out the worst. In fact, it gets down right groovy at times. ¿Take A Message¿ is one of those tracks. You can¿t help but sway, tap your foot, get your freak on¿or impulsively take a message. Yeah, crazy stuff. Remy seems to take us back to a day when mezzo funk was the smoothest thing since the induction of Nair. This song alone would make one want to buy Remy¿s album. Unfortunately, for those who expect to see how Remy develops a smooth, soul sound for the new century, he instead leaves us on hold. He does beep through with ¿I Met Your Mercy¿ (featuring Ken Gold on saxophone¿the only other musician to appear on the album). The slow ballad seems straight out of a junior high dance (complete with ruffled tuxedo shirts and feathered hair-dos). The song would be so stellar for the seventh-grade shuffle. Another high point of the album is ¿Rock Steady,¿ though it¿s not as hella good as ¿Take A Message¿ or ¿I Met Your Mercy.¿ The song does just as it says it does¿it rocks steady with a gentle skip with a snare drum and guitar. And Remy¿s voice isn¿t very annoying in this track. Now that¿s something to celebrate. Pay special attention to the token electric piano solos in most tracks. They¿re simple, almost static, but somehow add just enough to these songs that the album will keep your attention track to track by those solos alone. Just don¿t listen to the words that follow¿the entire album¿s lyrics are hardly poetry set to music. The most promising of all tracks is ¿Liberate.¿ It¿s the ¿hardest¿ of all the tracks and seems as though it will deliver some serious funk to get you off your butt. But within bars, it becomes apparent the song does not want to truly ¿liberate¿ a listener. It just wants to stick to the very conservative status quo¿which totally sucks. By album¿s end, things start to look up a little too late. The album¿s final track, ¿The Mind¿s Eye,¿ is heavy on the instrumental, which is why it¿s so great. Remy sings
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Remy on a CD Sampler about 2 months ago, and fell in love with his super-smooth flow. Now that the whole CD is out, get it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the 1st year and already a grammy nominie..are u guys CRAZY... 5 stars all the way...smooth classic, old school with a new flavor..where can you get it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great artist. he is soo much like Maxwell they need to do a tour together. ''Take a Message'' is a great song. ''Rocksteady'' makes him sound like Al Green's white grandson! This is a hot album that you need in your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole cd to me seems like one continous song. there was nothing to break up the monotony of this cd. everything sounded like leave a message with hardly any variations in voice or sound. he has some talent. i wish he would use it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Soulful, grooving and with a hypnotic pocket--and the man plays all the instruments--very nice! Similar to Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, every track is a winner--and he's white--Lawd hep me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album. I already can't get enough of Remy Shand. It's relaxes and warms you to listen to this album. You go, Remy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy did a great job for his debut album:[The Way I Feel]. I love his vocal too much!!!Besides, I like the melody,the rhythm,and the beat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remy Shand is taking it down to the place we all come from. He is right hear and right now but moving at a forward pace we all can be part of. Listen to this man!! Live he is even better. See him at the Grammies cuz he will be recognized. And he's worthy of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best f****king album
Guest More than 1 year ago
no r&b artist today can touch this cat! d'angelo meet your counterpart! SOUL IS BACK!!! YESSAH!!