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There is no voice in contemporary soul music as organic and naturally warm as Anthony Hamilton’s. Even in the case of the best R&B singers, one often has the feeling that they sing because they want to make records. Hamilton is someone who makes records because he has to sing. His voice glides through The Point of It All like a summer breeze through an orchard: gently, but with unmistakable substance. As his career has progressed, Hamilton has learned how to absorb the lessons of his soul music forefathers without relying on imitation. “Please Stay” reflects the intimacy of Al Green, “The News” reflects the frustration and desperation of Marvin Gaye, and “Her Heart” reflects the sensitivity of Luther Vandross, but Hamilton never copies his heroes. He forges ahead with his own distinctive sound, incorporating a feel for hip-hop into the mahogany tones of “Cool,” “Soul’s On Fire,” and “Diamond In the Rough.” Every song on The Point of It All is anchored by humanistic force, that quality that often makes records by Hamilton’s peers seem childish and disposable in comparison.

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Anthony Hamilton-The Point Of It All

Being awarded his seventh Grammy nomination, Hamilton releases his third album, The Point Of It All nearly three years to the exact date since Ain’t Nobody Worryin’. Hamilton expressed that he was creating more uptempo and happier tracks, opposed to his known heartbreaks, here’s how it turns out. The News: Great Mark Batson production that really starts things out on a good note, as Mr. Hamilton croons soulfully about the drugs and violence of retro 70’s. However these ills in society continue currently, making the track relevant as Hamilton sings about giving us a savior and the story of “skinny Billy, they used to call him good and plenty, brotha had hustle for hours, sellin’ dope in hopes of power”. A gripping narrative that has Hamilton flexing his falsetto and baritone. 4.5/5 Cool: Lead single that showed a lighter side to Hamilton who was typically known for his heartbroken tracks. Kelvin Wooten’s down south vibing guitar production sets the tone, as Banner hints at the falling economy and comforts with “we can talk of the world” or “everythang’s gon be alright”. Mississippi rapper David Banner stops by to add a countrified rap, however it isn’t necessary and mainly to appeal to mainstream audiences. 4/5 The Day We Met: Horns and bass thumping production provide the background to Hamilton’s soulful croon about being in love with his other. A repetitive and playful piano backs things, while Hamilton sings about of being in tune with his lady from the start. 3/5 Diamond In The Rough: Dre & Vidal deliver some scratchy electric guitar, throw in that soulful Anthony Hamilton singing and you have a beautifully made assurance to a lady of sticking in a relationship. 3.5/5 I Did It For Sho: Intimate and smooth, Hamilton croons about an empty relationship that isn’t worth having. Hamilton lays sounds both sad as he reminisces, “all the love we had” yet replies that he “did it for sho”. 3/5 Hard To Breathe: Strings and piano back Hamilton who sings about getting caught up in a woman and has difficulty controlling his love for her. Not sleeping and nervous breathing are all soulful crooned by Hamilton who builds to a solid bridge that has some great baritone. 3.5/5 Soul’s On Fire: Horns and piano once again back Hamilton who is on the wrong path and struggling of a soul on fire. Singing about life’s troubles, Hamilton offers, “I’m headin’ down the wrong way, it’s getting hard to breathe, oh will somebody please help me”. The hook is what truly shines, as Hamilton is lively and on point. 3.5/5 Please Stay: One of the best tracks in the album lies in the regretful and hurting cry of “Please Stay”. Hamilton pleads with his lady and admits to his wrongdoings, but is confidently willing to do anything to get his woman back. Jack Splash’s production is definitely nice, as Hamilton delivers that in the gut soul with his falsetto and hook. 4.5/5 The Point Of It All: Relative to earlier hit “Can’t Let Go”, Hamilton revises things and slows it down even more. Here Hamilton lays down the point of it all, which is that he loves her and can’t stay away from his lady. Once again Hamilton hits home with this lovely piece in needing his lady. 4.5/5 Fallin’ In Love: The lively uptempo “Fallin’ In Love” shows the singer’s more uptempo direction. Solid song that has another good hook. 3.5/5 Prayin’ For You/Superman: The gospel inspired “Prayin’ For You” has Hamilton singing about praying for his lady and keeping things uptempo. Call and response formulated, Hamilton keeps things up, until he switches things to the slow bluesy “Superman”. 3.5/5 Her Heart: The balladry “Her Heart” has adult contemporary written all over, and while it’s a bit too slow for some, the track is definitely a heartfelt track of being disrespectful to his lady. However Hamilton reflects on losing his lady and how true to him she was, truly a nice ballad. 3.5/5 Fine Again: The hopeful and comforting “Fine Again” shines like a bright new day with Hamilton confident that things will be fine again. A fitting end to a solid album. 3/5 She’s Gone: Hamilton goes to his mom for some advice of a relationship, hoping that she’s wrong that his lady’s gone. Solid bonus with some good production from Heavy D. 3/5 Hamilton’s third release doesn’t differ too much from his previous releases, while having uptempo tracks, it stays true to Hamilton’s skill. Truly another beautiful effort from Hamilton who works with his usual crew of Mark Batson, Kelvin Wooten and Dre & Vidal whom all fit Hamilton with piano, horn and bass laden productions. Beautiful regret in “Please Stay”, the chilled southern feel of “Cool” and intimate relative of “Can’t Let Go”, “The Point Of It All” all shine as individual tracks. But for the most part the album is a success, as the cautionary and socially aware “The News” strikingly impresses, while the slow ballad, “Her Heart” seems ready for adult contemporary. A stunning three disc catalog, Hamilton is one of R&B’s strongest vocalists. Every track has Hamilton’s retro soul that is involved in every track, as Hamilton delivers one of the year’s best albums. Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I have been waiting for this!!!

OMG i could not wait for this to come out! This is one of the most powerful CDs to come out this week and I plan to get multiple copies for my car, home, and work, and for play! "Cool" is the best description, and words in his other songs hit me to the heart hard. I love it, cant get enough of it, from concert to disc he is beautiful. He is a must hear artist and should be highly complimented for the unique voice he carries. Such a tasteful man, I enjoy all of his music and support through and through.


Anthony Hamilton is one of those singers that is truly great. He has such a soulful voice and he sings about real things, not rims and money like most r &b today. His work is always special, and hes even better live! Great cd from an artist who deserves everything and more


Born: January 28, 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 voices in R&B. He did so while racking up several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations. The Charlotte, North Carolina native...
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