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Album Review

Noel Gourdin's debut album has been several years in the making, at least if you track back to the Kay Gee-produced "Family Reunion," a song featured in the 2004 movie The Cookout. "The River," a gorgeous and spiritual '60s throwback, became his first official single in 2007 and found early support from Steve Harvey, who spun it on his Morning Show. Once After My Time was released in July of the following year, the song had been on the R&B/hip-hop chart for several months, never threatening to reach the top but holding steady for an apparent eternity, much like a couple Anthony Hamilton singles. That is likely a good indication of Gourdin's future status — not superstar-level, yet not without a set of enduring (if not blockbuster) hits and a very devoted fan base. While Gourdin's not quite as classicist as Hamilton — his voice is flexible enough to allow the possibility of making albums that fill any number of R&B pigeonholes — he can be roughly slotted into the John Legend/Chrisette Michele/Raheem DeVaughn camp, where modern sounds mix it up with classic inspirations. He's definitely tapping more directly into the 30-and-over crowd with "The River" and sincerely humbled ballads like "Sorry" (which slows and softens Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew," aka the backbone of A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation") and "Make the Most" (which owes most of its production to Michael Henderson and Jean Carn's "Valentine Love"). Even the productions that are synth-spiked or more hip-hop-oriented — "Open," "Better Man" — don't register as flagrant attempts to top the pop chart; yet, at the same time, they add a necessary dimension and another level of appeal to Gourdin's debut.

Customer Reviews

All About the Real Deal...

Noel has given us a treasure! This cd is obviously recorded with tremendous passion and soul. It is deeply rooted in the true sense of R&B. I am definitely impressed by Noel's talent. I am so happy that I downloaded this cd. I also downloaded the new Raphael Saadiq and "Creolepatra" by Nikkole, both of which I have completely fallen in love with. I highly recommend this new cd by Noel Gourdin as well as these new cds: "The Way I See It" by Raphael Saadiq and "Creolepatra" by Nikkole if you love REAL music.

Track 10 "Sorry" is an instant classic

The album seems REALLY good on first listen, but then I get to track 10 and my mouth dropped to the floor. Dernst, you're a 100% beast and I'm ridiculously proud of you!!! Okay, shoutout is done, now onto this song. It's vintage, good music...pefect fit for the vibe of the album as a whole...a classic "A Tribe Called Quest" type of beat puts your mind at ease and you can just ride this sucka straight through to the last chord. Beautiful!

4 Sho

Man I have been waiting for this album to drop 4 a minute. Definitely a classic, you gotta have this album. The River has been oneof my favorites and he has organized this album with some hot tracks to compliment it. Great sounds for R&B.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s

Originally from the South -- Mississippi, to be exact -- soul and R&B singer Noel Gourdin honed his skills in Brockton, MA, and by the age of 24 scored a deal with Sony and had his first album in stores. His first exposure to the vocal arts came in church, and he was introduced to the larger canon of soul music by his father (who introduced him to the classics, such as Otis Redding) and his brother (who turned him on to the sounds of new jack swing). As a high-school student in the Boston-neighboring...
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