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Bring on the Greenwich Village eclecticism kissed by California sunshine. Since arriving on the scene as a solo artist in the late '90s —after being half of the celebrated duo Groove Theory with Mantronix rapper Bryce Wilson — Amel Larrieux has taken the restless path of following her own muse as both a singer and a songwriter. Morning is her third solo offering, and her second for her Blisslife label. Taking the nu-soul aesthetic to new heights, she crafts wonderfully strange and beautiful songs that are big on subtle yet permeating rhythm tracks. Her layered vocals — replete with her amazing range — are backed by a glorious combination of electric and acoustic instruments courtesy of her keyboards and her multi-instrumentalist husband, Laru. Standout tracks include the shimmering "Trouble" that opens the set, the slippery light funk of "Unanswered Questions," the skeletal groove-conscious "Earn My Affections," the folk-soul of the title cut, the angular futurism of "Magic," and the nocturnally insistent psychedelic soul closer that is "Mountain of When." That's not to say that the other cuts are losers. There isn't a weak moment here, which raises the question of how a marginal talent like Norah Jones can cut the big time with so little effort when Larrieux — who is as multi-talented as Alicia Keys and a better singer, and who makes fine records on a fraction of the budget — remains hanging in the shadows. Morning is sophisticated, soulful, sexy, and forward-looking, and should be checked out by anyone interested in truly great pop music.

Customer Reviews

Spectacular

Everything this woman does is flawless. I found this album, soulfully smooth, intelligent and thought provoking. This is real music, performed by a truly underrated artist.

Amel Never Disappoints

Her music is wonderfully consistent, and a treat for musically trained ears. Her music is a journey back into one's self. A must buy. A must listen. A must share.

She Way.... Under-rated!

I love this woman. Everything she touches is GOLD!

Biography

Born: March 8, 1973 in Manhattan, New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B singer/songwriter Amel Larrieux grew up in New York's Greenwich Village. Her mother, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, was a dance critic and professor, and she was raised in an artistic environment. She formed Groove Theory, a duo with former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson (aka Bryce Luvah), which signed to Epic Records and scored a gold-selling Top Ten pop and R&B hit in October 1995 with "Tell Me," followed by the Groove Theory album, which hit the Top 20 of the R&B chart. In 1996, Larrieux was a vocalist...
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