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Album Review

Their first proper studio album in roughly seven years, Forward is more uptempo and disco-oriented than the slower and slightly funkier Get Used to It. N'Dea Davenport joins the band's core trio once more. While she's in front of only three of the songs, she makes her appearances count; "Sunlight," "Do You Remember," and "Addicted" recall late-'70s Rufus & Chaka Khan and are among the album's standouts. Newcomer Dawn Joseph also takes the lead on three songs. Though she holds her own with Davenport and other past BNH vocalists such as Siedah Garrett and Sy Smith, the material isn't quite as memorable. Founding member Jan Kincaid also fronts three songs, including the pristine "Heaven." From the prime Brit-funk instrumental "Forward" — somewhere between Atmosfear's "Dancing in Outer Space" and Touchdown's "Ease Your Mind" — to the laid-back, Average White Band-worthy "One More for the Road," Forward is a delightful return that focuses on the Heavies' love of smooth late-'70s/early-'80s sounds. [Forward was also released with a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

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When the sun is out time for a proper album. After first listen already hooked!

BNH Back!

Thank you BNH! What an awesome new album and a fab weekend to launch it! I've been BBQing all weekend and playing it non stop with my other BNH albums! It's very reminiscent of Brother Sister and just as good. Great to hear N'dea's vocals too! This is going to be a great summer album!

Great music

The funk has got just better,Andrew Levy's bass playing is top notch! Great summer music

Biography

Formed: 1985 in London, England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pioneers of the London acid jazz scene, the Brand New Heavies translated their love for the funk grooves of the 1970s into a sophisticated sound that carried the torch for classic soul in an era dominated by hip-hop. Formed in 1985 by drummer/keyboardist Jan Kincaid, guitarist Simon Bartholomew, and bassist/keyboardist Andrew Levy — longtime school friends from the London suburb of Ealing — the Brand New Heavies were originally an instrumental unit inspired by the James Brown and Meters...
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