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Good Things proves that Aloe Blacc’s solid 2006 debut Shine Through was just a warm up for greater things. A talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a warm, buttery smooth voice, Blacc (a.k.a. Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins) brilliantly soundchecks vintage R&B with such subtlety that he never comes across as a retro act. From his thoughtful socially conscious lyrics to the superb contemporary production, he’s clearly a modern soul man. There’s not a bad cut on the album but some clearly rise to the top, such as the leadoff single “I Need a Dollar,” the funky, wah-wah driven “Hey Brother,” and the irresistible “Miss Fortune,” which merges an addictive keyboard hook with a rubbery reggae groove. Other standouts include “Green Lights” and “You Make Me Smile,” a couple of sultry slices of positivity, the gospel-flavored “Mama Hold My Hand,” and an inspired reworking of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.” Blacc took his time delivering his sophomore release but this was certainly worth the wait. Good Things indeed.

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I thought they stopped making classic soul records...

The ghosts of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and Al Green all rest squarely on Aloe's shoulders here as he step's up his game on this sophmore LP. Aloe comes from a hip hop backround, and elements of his mc lexicon lend themselves as non-intrusive reminders that this classic wasn't actually recorded mid 70's. Aloe doesn't reach too far lyrically and hits on love,loss, and reconciliation with class, so he doesn't come off as anything but genuine. The finest sexy political soul record since Marvin's "What's Goin On?".


aloe blacc is one smooth mo-fo. great sound and good music

simply amazing

best record i've heard in years. love it!!!!!!!


Born: January 7, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born to Panamanian parents in Los Angeles in 1979, E. Nathaniel Dawkins (aka Aloe Blacc) first began playing trumpet in elementary school, and continued with the instrument throughout high school. There he also independently released Imaginary Friends, produced by DJ Exile, with whom he would go on to form the hip-hop group Emanon. While at college at USC, though his artistic endeavors were placed behind his scholastic goals, Aloe still managed to learn how to play the guitar and the piano, and after...
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