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Album Review

Some of the interviews and press released in support of Anthony Hamilton's first RCA album (and sixth overall) were slightly misleading. Some readers might have been led to believe that Back to Love would offer a significant break from Hamilton’s past work; the singer noted that he did not want to be pigeonholed as “the sad cat,” that he was “ready to have some fun.” Hamilton even talked about “taking things to the next level.” Hamilton’s previous release, 2008’s The Point of It All, was as creative as any of his albums that came before it, and it had the higher first-week sales of than any of his other albums — remarkable feats for a veteran, Grammy-winning artist. Regardless, Back to Love is clearly viewed as a fresh start, even though it offers no more surprises than Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ or The Point of It All. The lineup of collaborators is no shock, either, though longtime associate Mark Batson was not involved, and Babyface assists on three songs. Familiar names, including Salaam Remi, Kelvin Wooten, and Mike City, are more numerous than new ones. That Back to Love is not a major shake-up is not a bad thing. Most of the songs are instantly ingratiating in some way, with none of the lighter, upbeat numbers — including the strutting, midtempo Southern soul of “Woo” and the thematically “Cool”-like blue-collar love song “Best of Me” — the least bit out of character. There are some “sad cat” moments that come very close to the standard Hamilton set with the instant classic “Charlene,” led by the hushed “Life Has a Way” (produced and co-written by James Poyser), where the singer shuffles easily, if wearily, into that Bill Withers level of chilling relatability: “And my children still look up to me while their stomachs on empty/Oh, I need an angel to fall on me now.” The way the song weaves Hamilton’s raw, broken-spirited croon and spectral, multi-tracked melody is kind of crushing. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

I have to say

On first listening, it was good - 2nd listening amazing - 3rd listening classic. I cannot stop playing it, it has everything and must be his best yet

Convinced me to buy his earlier work too

This is the first Anthony Hamilton album I have ever bought, i have always heard of him, but i usually prefer my soul a little more upbeat I downloaded "Never Let Go" & "Pray For Me" from iTunes, I absolutely fell in love with "Pray For Me" what an amazing vocal range, it convinced me not only to buy the whole album, but also to go back and buy some of his earlier work too.

Back To Love

I Love this man's voice!! i have most of his albums and have to say this one is just as amazing as his previous ones...If not, even better! Needless to say i've been anticipating it since i heard he was making a new one and am very impressed with the class...although i expected nothing less than incredible from Mr. Hamilton! Some favourites here are 'Back To Me'/ 'Writing On The Wall'/ 'Woo'/ 'Pray For Me'/ 'Never Let Go'/ 'Mad'/ 'Who's Loving You'/ 'Broken Man'/ 'Fair In Love'/ 'More Than Enough' -- Yeah, basically the whole album.He just gets better and better...Bring on the next album!

Biography

Born: 28 January 1971 in Charlotte, NC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased. While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved, Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most singular, and relatable...
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Back to Love (Deluxe Version), Anthony Hamilton
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rap
  • Released: 09 December 2011

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