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Album Review

Each Dwele album should have greater, Maxwell-level anticipation. The singer should headline over the majority of contemporary R&B stars instead of open for Maze. (That's not a knock on Maze.) It's not like Dwele isn't in a comfortable spot, though. His releases routinely debut in the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and he's allowed to continue recording with no detectable creative restrictions, as heard on Greater Than One. Once he got deep into the making of this, his fifth album, he noticed a pervasive "'80s" feel. In this case, '80s often means the sophisticated type of R&B-jazz hybrids — the mellow grooves — actively played on Detroit stations like WJZZ during the earlier part of that decade. While that has always been part of Dwele's sound, it's a little more pronounced here; there are instances where he could easily slip into some Pieces of a Dream or, given the continued presence of his brother Antwan on trumpet, anything featuring Seawind's Jerry Hey. On "This Love," produced by Prince "BlkMagic" Damons, the sound shifts from 1980/1981 to 1982/1983-style midtempo boogie with chunky synthesizer bass, and a little high-pitched wriggle. There's some electro-funk bounce to "Patrick Ronald" (long for a certain brand of tequila, featuring Monica Blaire, one of album's several Detroit guest stars) and "Special," too. If anything, the album is looser, more relaxed and mischievous, than any Dwele album that preceded it, which is saying something. The majority of the songwriting, as usual, concerns adventures in mature bachelorhood and courtship. Dwele continues to appeal to both female and male listeners — no pandering, no forced masculinity to be heard.

Customer Reviews

DWELE

I never write reviews but this needs one. Dwele is the most underrated artist, period. His music is the truth! Download it!!!!

Awesome

Everyone needs this. Something soulful and nice to just vibe with. Dwele is completely underrated

DG Never Disappoints!

I don't write reviews either but this album is great! I LOVE IT! You could play this ALL DAY everywhere..

QUALITY, SUBSTANCE AND FUN (love his sense of humor!!)

Honestly he could release EVERY track ...

LOVE YOU DWE THANKS FOR THE MUSIC, COME TO TORONTO SOON!!!!

Favs; what profit, going leaving, what you gotta do, obey, must be, frankly my dear

Biography

Born: February 14, 1978 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA....
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