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Editors’ Notes

There is no voice in contemporary soul music as organic and naturally warm as Anthony Hamilton’s. Even in the case of the best R&B singers, one often has the feeling that they sing because they want to make records. Hamilton is someone who makes records because he has to sing. His voice glides through The Point of It All like a summer breeze through an orchard: gently, but with unmistakable substance. As his career has progressed, Hamilton has learned how to absorb the lessons of his soul music forefathers without relying on imitation. “Please Stay” reflects the intimacy of Al Green, “The News” reflects the frustration and desperation of Marvin Gaye, and “Her Heart” reflects the sensitivity of Luther Vandross, but Hamilton never copies his heroes. He forges ahead with his own distinctive sound, incorporating a feel for hip-hop into the mahogany tones of “Cool,” “Soul’s On Fire,” and “Diamond In the Rough.” Every song on The Point of It All is anchored by humanistic force, that quality that often makes records by Hamilton’s peers seem childish and disposable in comparison.

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Mr. Hamilton's best work yet, and the album of the year.

What can I say? Anthony Hamilton is the best soul singer of this generation. His pain-stricken ballads that tell of the ups-and-downs of love are some of the best of this decade. The entire album is like a journey through love, and the totality of its effect on growth. Such songs like "Hard to Breathe" and "Please Stay" tell of a man who is so into his woman that he can't stand not being in her presence, even when she has had enough. "Soul's on Fire" offers the side of anthony hamilton that is forever intertwined in every lyric, his gospel side. He speaks of not being able to break the chains and the pain that comes with the everyday struggle of living. "Her Heart" is another standout track. In it, he speaks of not being able to give his woman the love that she deserves because of his career until her heart cries out to him and he remembers anew why he fell for her. The title track, "The Point of It All" is about love. That is the point of it all, afterall. The blood, sweat, and tears that Mr. Hamilton had to endure as he struggled to make his name in this industry was all for the one he loved. Hopefully you'll take a thing away from this album. Love conquers all.

Anthony Hamilton-The Point Of It All

Being awarded his seventh Grammy nomination, Hamilton releases his third album, The Point Of It All nearly three years to the exact date since Ain’t Nobody Worryin’. Hamilton expressed that he was creating more uptempo and happier tracks, opposed to his known heartbreaks, here’s how it turns out. The News: Great Mark Batson production that really starts things out on a good note, as Mr. Hamilton croons soulfully about the drugs and violence of retro 70’s. However these ills in society continue currently, making the track relevant as Hamilton sings about giving us a savior and the story of “skinny Billy, they used to call him good and plenty, brotha had hustle for hours, sellin’ dope in hopes of power”. A gripping narrative that has Hamilton flexing his falsetto and baritone. 4.5/5 Cool: Lead single that showed a lighter side to Hamilton who was typically known for his heartbroken tracks. Kelvin Wooten’s down south vibing guitar production sets the tone, as Banner hints at the falling economy and comforts with “we can talk of the world” or “everythang’s gon be alright”. Mississippi rapper David Banner stops by to add a countrified rap, however it isn’t necessary and mainly to appeal to mainstream audiences. 4/5 The Day We Met: Horns and bass thumping production provide the background to Hamilton’s soulful croon about being in love with his other. A repetitive and playful piano backs things, while Hamilton sings about of being in tune with his lady from the start. 3/5 Diamond In The Rough: Dre & Vidal deliver some scratchy electric guitar, throw in that soulful Anthony Hamilton singing and you have a beautifully made assurance to a lady of sticking in a relationship. 3.5/5 I Did It For Sho: Intimate and smooth, Hamilton croons about an empty relationship that isn’t worth having. Hamilton lays sounds both sad as he reminisces, “all the love we had” yet replies that he “did it for sho”. 3/5 Hard To Breathe: Strings and piano back Hamilton who sings about getting caught up in a woman and has difficulty controlling his love for her. Not sleeping and nervous breathing are all soulful crooned by Hamilton who builds to a solid bridge that has some great baritone. 3.5/5 Soul’s On Fire: Horns and piano once again back Hamilton who is on the wrong path and struggling of a soul on fire. Singing about life’s troubles, Hamilton offers, “I’m headin’ down the wrong way, it’s getting hard to breathe, oh will somebody please help me”. The hook is what truly shines, as Hamilton is lively and on point. 3.5/5 Please Stay: One of the best tracks in the album lies in the regretful and hurting cry of “Please Stay”. Hamilton pleads with his lady and admits to his wrongdoings, but is confidently willing to do anything to get his woman back. Jack Splash’s production is definitely nice, as Hamilton delivers that in the gut soul with his falsetto and hook. 4.5/5 The Point Of It All: Relative to earlier hit “Can’t Let Go”, Hamilton revises things and slows it down even more. Here Hamilton lays down the point of it all, which is that he loves her and can’t stay away from his lady. Once again Hamilton hits home with this lovely piece in needing his lady. 4.5/5 Fallin’ In Love: The lively uptempo “Fallin’ In Love” shows the singer’s more uptempo direction. Solid song that has another good hook. 3.5/5 Prayin’ For You/Superman: The gospel inspired “Prayin’ For You” has Hamilton singing about praying for his lady and keeping things uptempo. Call and response formulated, Hamilton keeps things up, until he switches things to the slow bluesy “Superman”. 3.5/5 Her Heart: The balladry “Her Heart” has adult contemporary written all over, and while it’s a bit too slow for some, the track is definitely a heartfelt track of being disrespectful to his lady. However Hamilton reflects on losing his lady and how true to him she was, truly a nice ballad. 3.5/5 Fine Again: The hopeful and comforting “Fine Again” shines like a bright new day with Hamilton confident that things will be fine again. A fitting end to a solid album. 3/5 She’s Gone: Hamilton goes to his mom for some advice of a relationship, hoping that she’s wrong that his lady’s gone. Solid bonus with some good production from Heavy D. 3/5 Beautiful Wonderful: Acoustic guitar and piano softly play, with Hamilton creating a smooth and relaxed mood. 3.5/5 Dear Life: Great bonus here that has straight acoustic guitar playing behind, as Hamilton sings nicely with it. 4/5 Hamilton’s third release doesn’t differ too much from his previous releases, while having uptempo tracks, it stays true to Hamilton’s skill. Truly another beautiful effort from Hamilton who works with his usual crew of Mark Batson, Kelvin Wooten and Dre & Vidal whom all fit Hamilton with piano, horn and bass laden productions. Beautiful regret in “Please Stay”, the chilled southern feel of “Cool” and intimate relative of “Can’t Let Go”, “The Point Of It All” all shine as individual tracks. But for the most part the album is a success, as the cautionary and socially aware “The News” strikingly impresses, while the slow ballad, “Her Heart” seems ready for adult contemporary. A stunning three disc catalog, Hamilton is one of R&B’s strongest vocalists. Every track has Hamilton’s retro soul that is involved in every track, as Hamilton delivers one of the year’s best albums. Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Point of it all...

I'm a huge fan of Anthony Hamilton because his music is always poignant, beautiful, and honest. This is his most well rounded album and its named properly. I love the fact that Anthony chose to stick to his usual formula and enhance it rather than going straight pop. This album may have to grow on some folks but it will not disappoint. I believe there is something on this album for everyone regardless of your race or favorite genres. My favorite songs are: Cool, I Did If For Sho (most fellows will be able to relate to this), Hard to Breathe, Please stay (probably most beautiful song on the album), The Point of it All, Fine Again (uplifting song relating to current struggles), She's Gone. Overall this album is easy on the ears but the songs have great meaning. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for reading my review.


Born: January 28, 1971 in Charlotte, NC

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

A soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased. While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved, Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most singular, and relatable voices in R&B. He did so while racking up several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations. The Charlotte, North Carolina native...
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