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ManMade

Zo!

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Album Review

One sign of a great album is when its last track is as stimulating as its first track. "Body Rock" ends Lorenzo Ferguson's second album for the Foreign Exchange label with eight minutes of heavenly, faultlessly crafted quiet storm. Thirty-eight minutes earlier, at the beginning, there's the deeply contrasting "The Train," a blissful machine-soul jam where Ferguson displays mastery of the synthetic and the organic. Those highlights feature two of Sy Smith's sweetest and best vocal performances, and they surround a high quantity of strong songs. Make that stronger songs: while ManMade has much in common with 2010's fine SunStorm, this particular set of relaxed and mature R&B is a little more complex and nuanced, yet the instant appeal remains. As with Ferguson's previous album, the moods here are predominantly romantic and relentlessly positive, even when it briefly confronts the pressures expressed by Phonte in "Out in the World." ManMade features some of the same collaborators, including not just Smith and frequent background and foreground presence Phonte, but also Carlitta Durand and Eric Roberson, the latter of whom leads the sophisticated twilight funk of "We Are on the Move." Whether the leads are supplied by labelmate Jeanne Jolly, the higher profile Anthony David, up-and-comers Gwen Bunn and 1-O.A.K., or underexposed veterans like Choklate and Carmen Rodgers, the album maintains an easy elegance and never derails. For all the help he receives, this is Ferguson's show. On each track, he's credited with either "all instruments" or "all other instruments," which means that he played everything but some flute, horns, and percussion. ManMade is a complete work — his best creation yet.

Customer Reviews

Real music

This is what happens when Real Art and Passion is translated into music. Shoutout to Zo and the entire FE family for this one!

Wonderful

I can listen to this album from beginning to end. Wonderful music that will excite you and makes your heart smile!

He's done it again!

As usual another smooth album from the FE family, and it's like he picked up right where he left off with SunStorm and takes us on another journey!

Biography

Born: September 11, 1978 in Southfield, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A keyboardist first, and also a bassist, guitarist, drummer, and producer, Lorenzo "Zo!" Ferguson balanced his love for music and baseball throughout his childhood. The native Detroiter was drafted as an outfielder by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1996, rounds ahead of then-future MLB all-stars Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre, and Barry Zito. Ferguson accepted a full-ride baseball scholarship to Western Kentucky, however, and earned a degree in graphic design. Shortly thereafter, in 2001, he began his recording...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: May 21, 2013

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