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Good Things (Deluxe Edition)

Aloe Blacc

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Album Review

All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc’s sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening “I Need a Dollar” — which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem — the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed (“Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way”) in a manner that’s far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on “Hey Brother.” An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale,” which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests he’s been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blacc’s delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit.

Customer Reviews

Red Lights

I dont need a dollar. $2.19 actually!

Good Things - this is a great thing!

Great album. So relaxing yet funky too! Haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it. Nice one Mr Blacc. Very smooth.

You dont need a dollar....You need this album

Aloe Blacc has produced a soulful, blues inspired album that ticks all the boxes. Get lost in this throw back to the good old days when music was music.

Biography

Born: 07 January 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born to Panamanian parents in Los Angeles in 1979, E. Nathaniel Dawkins (aka Aloe Blacc) first began playing trumpet in elementary school, and continued with the instrument throughout high school. There he also independently released Imaginary Friends, produced by DJ Exile, with whom he would go on to form the hip-hop group Emanon. While at college at USC, though his artistic endeavors were placed behind his scholastic goals, Aloe still managed to learn how to play the guitar and the piano, and after...
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