As Above So Below (Deluxe Edition) by Anthony David on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wary of getting pegged as an acoustic soul man in the mold of Bill Withers, Anthony David decided to renovate his sonic palate for 2011’s As Above So Below. Though there are touches of his more modest styling on the beautiful “Backstreet” and the lowrider-style “Getaround,” the rest of the album features bouncier beats and more exotic backdrops. David's clearly a product of the hip-hop generation, and his velvety singing feels right at home on rap-oriented tracks like “Let Me In” and “Body Language.” With its hushed disco rhythms and layered vocals, “Girlfriend” isn't to be missed. Nor is “Keep You Around,” an airy nod to Jamaican lovers rock. The best songs, though, bring together all of David’s musical inclinations. At a time when Lauryn Hill remains MIA, David's “4evermore” and “Reach Ya” revive some of the homestyle atmosphere that made Hill's Miseducation album so special. David even attempts a modernized soul take on Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” For all his stylistic maneuvering, the album remains anchored in the sound of David’s voice: a warm, lived-in instrument that's never overplayed or feigned.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wary of getting pegged as an acoustic soul man in the mold of Bill Withers, Anthony David decided to renovate his sonic palate for 2011’s As Above So Below. Though there are touches of his more modest styling on the beautiful “Backstreet” and the lowrider-style “Getaround,” the rest of the album features bouncier beats and more exotic backdrops. David's clearly a product of the hip-hop generation, and his velvety singing feels right at home on rap-oriented tracks like “Let Me In” and “Body Language.” With its hushed disco rhythms and layered vocals, “Girlfriend” isn't to be missed. Nor is “Keep You Around,” an airy nod to Jamaican lovers rock. The best songs, though, bring together all of David’s musical inclinations. At a time when Lauryn Hill remains MIA, David's “4evermore” and “Reach Ya” revive some of the homestyle atmosphere that made Hill's Miseducation album so special. David even attempts a modernized soul take on Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” For all his stylistic maneuvering, the album remains anchored in the sound of David’s voice: a warm, lived-in instrument that's never overplayed or feigned.

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About Anthony David

Seemingly inspired in equal measure by Bill Withers and folk-soul cult hero Terry Callier, Atlanta, Georgia's Anthony David (full name: Anthony David Harrington) moved from his original base of Savannah to become further involved in music. Shortly after getting settled, he struck up a friendship with India.Arie and penned a song for her debut, 2001's Acoustic Soul. At one point, he was Arie's manager. After he warmed to the idea of being a performer rather than just a songwriter, he hooked up with the local Brash label, which released 3 Chords & the Truth (2004) and The Red Clay Chronicles (2006). (Dome issued both of the albums in the U.K.) Through Arie's Universal-distributed Soulbird, Acey Duecy was put together for a 2008 release; it combined tracks from the two independent releases for greater exposure and reached number 30 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. "Words," a duet with Arie, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. He then switched to the eOne label, where he released As Above So Below (featuring the Enchantment-inspired Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop hit "4evermore," 2011), the compilation #LocationLocationLocation (2011), and Love Out Loud (2012). After a move to Shanachie, a haven for veteran R&B artists, he released The Powerful Now (2016). ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Savannah, GA
  • BORN
    Dec 4, 1971

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