11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When retro trends became all the rage in the pop music world, the industry was only catching up to what guys like Anthony David had been doing for years. Stylistically, Love Out Loud falls in between the singer/songwriter’s acoustic-oriented early work and the more club-influenced styles of his 2011 album As Above So Below. Unlike some of his peers, David doesn’t embrace the sounds of '60s soul as mere fashion. Instead he uses the style as an excuse to bring in a band that plays in a wholesome, organic way. It’s a very live-sounding studio album, as the horns, handclaps, and backing choruses share space on “Love Out Loud,” “On My Way to Crazy," and “So Jaded.” Even when David delves into a sultrier mood on “Sweet Pain” and “Official,” the atmosphere remains natural, even familial. David doesn’t operate in front of his band: what they do, they do together. “Livin’ It Up” shows his ability to seamlessly incorporate Jamaican rhythms into his music. But the most winning track is “Can’t Look Down,” a surging ode to true love that has none of the affectation or artificial sheen of so many modern pop tunes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When retro trends became all the rage in the pop music world, the industry was only catching up to what guys like Anthony David had been doing for years. Stylistically, Love Out Loud falls in between the singer/songwriter’s acoustic-oriented early work and the more club-influenced styles of his 2011 album As Above So Below. Unlike some of his peers, David doesn’t embrace the sounds of '60s soul as mere fashion. Instead he uses the style as an excuse to bring in a band that plays in a wholesome, organic way. It’s a very live-sounding studio album, as the horns, handclaps, and backing choruses share space on “Love Out Loud,” “On My Way to Crazy," and “So Jaded.” Even when David delves into a sultrier mood on “Sweet Pain” and “Official,” the atmosphere remains natural, even familial. David doesn’t operate in front of his band: what they do, they do together. “Livin’ It Up” shows his ability to seamlessly incorporate Jamaican rhythms into his music. But the most winning track is “Can’t Look Down,” a surging ode to true love that has none of the affectation or artificial sheen of so many modern pop tunes.

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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
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    December 4, 1971

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