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Album Review

The gap between Sing (If You Want It) and The Man amounts to the longest wait between Omar albums yet, but the always creative R&B veteran's seventh full-length is not the result of being pressed into action. In more than one sense, this is a relaxed continuation of the 2006 set. The seeds were planted back then. "Lift Off," the two-minute instrumental intro of Sing (If You Want It), is developed here into a full-blown song — a warm, romantic duet with the great Caron Wheeler, who contributed background vocals to some of Omar's earliest Kongo Dance output. Omar also goes way back to update his first album's title song, "There's Nothing Like This," with Pino Palladino on bass and lively interplay between Ben Edwards' trumpet and Richard Beesley's tenor sax. Omar, as usual, can't help but incorporate decades-old elements that have inspired him. At various points, the material recalls anything from the Meters to upbeat Terry Callier — with the funk as hard as the folk-soul is elegant — and Latin and Jamaican accents weave in and out with a natural touch. On a majority of the tracks, Omar is assisted by a band, yet the songs on which he receives little or no help — such as "I Love Being with You," keenly embellished with a brilliant mix of piano, clavinet, synthesizer, and synthetic strings — are just as rich. It's all fresh and vigorous, very much in the present and built to last.

Customer Reviews

I have a smile on my face!

Thanks Omar, yet another awesome album. If you appreciate real music you will not regret buying this. I feel blessed to be a fan for past 20+ years.

Omar is THE MAN!

Omar has done it again and always inspires me as an artist and as a man. Dopeness!!

Another Classic

I have been an Omar fan since the beginning. This album showcases his unique approach to music. This one is truly his "Best By Far"


Born: October 14, 1968 in Canterbury, Kent, England

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Designated by many as the father of British neo-soul (though his impact extends over to U.S. shores as well), singer/songwriter/producer Omar began as one of the U.K.'s most promising R&B hopefuls with his early-'90s international hit "There's Nothing Like This." However, unintentionally avoiding pop stardom, he chose never to compromise his artistic credibility, and because of that, people like India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Gilles Peterson, and his biggest idol, Stevie Wonder, have all endorsed...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 25, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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