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As Above So Below (Deluxe Edition)

Anthony David

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Album Review

Neo-soul singer/songwriter Anthony David's As Above So Below is his third studio album, following 2004's Three Chords & the Truth and 2006's The Red Clay Chronicles (and not including 2008's Acey Duecy, a major-label compilation drawn from those two, and The Setup, a live EP released earlier in 2011). It's a curious combination of romantic and political material, all set to the quiet, steady beats and acoustic rhythm guitar of the singer's chosen style. On the one hand, David is very much concerned with politics. On "Reach Ya," he weighs in on the health care debate, making this probably one of the few songs to use the phrase "pre-existing condition." "God Said" finds the singer speaking in the voice of a religious zealot whose "imaginary friend" tells him how to behave. And he wraps up this mini-set of social issues with a cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." His authority as a moral arbiter might be strengthened if his romantic songs were not so concerned with his own infidelity. In "Girlfriend," he unconvincingly puts off other women by mechanically repeating that he has a girlfriend, while "Get Around" is addressed to that girlfriend, to whom he explains that he just isn't the faithful type. He returns to social matters most forcefully at the end with the "ghetto epic" "Backstreet," a cautionary tale of guns and drugs in which the narrator, intent upon murdering a rival, gets the tables turned on him and finds himself singing from beyond the grave. All of this reinforces the title, As Above So Below, which turns out to be an ambitious album that will give listeners quite a few things to think about as they groove with the beats.

Customer Reviews

Perfection!!!

Just bought this CD and I never write reviews, but this is one of the best CD's I've heard in a VERY long time. I love Anthony David, but I must say he did his thing on this one. LOVE THE ENTIRE CD. Thank you for bringing art to the music.

Pure Soul

Get this album immediately!! As always his vocals are pure and seductive! The instrumentation is phenomenal and the songs will take you from politics to love to spirituality and more. I promise you wont regret this purchase!! I'm sure our President & First Lady already have their copy, you better get yours too!!

Don

This is a great album! I have been a fan since 2007 & I am so excited for this new music. This is real music so I hope more people support it. Classic AD fans already know what time it is.

Biography

Born: December 4, 1971 in Savannah, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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 — in...
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