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The Vault Vol. 1.5

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A polished and expanded version of the album previously released as The Vault Vol. 1, The Vault Vol. 1.5 is an astonishingly well-crafted collection, especially considering that Eric Roberson operates outside of the mainstream record industry. Roberson’s music has the harmonic texture of jazz, the low-end insistence of hip-hop, and the expansive emotional pitch of vintage soul music. One of this album’s pleasures is hearing the way Roberson layers his vocals on tracks like “Please Don’t Leave Me,” “Def Ears," and “Obstacles.” There are times when his voice appears to hover and sail over the songs, like a cluster of birds over a shoreline. Roberson never makes a conscious attempt to sound “vintage,” but songs like “Lil Money,” “Past Paradise," and “Find the Way” echo the skittering tempos and soft poignancy of Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack. One mark of Roberson’s confidence is his willingness to leave open space in his songs. Where most other artists would fill up “She Ought to Know,” Roberson understands that the song draws its emotional and sexual tension from the gaps he leaves between the beats.

Customer Reviews

A Multiple-Grammy Winner... in a perfect world, that is.

This album had me with the opening bars of the first track. Very rarely do 15 seconds prompt me to buy an entire album, and even more seldom does such impulsiveness escape the almost-inevitable buyer's remorse. This is honestly a soul-lover's ideal album, turning me into an instant fan. (I know, this reads like a press release, doesn't it?) Listening to this album, it's not hard to see why he's become one of the underground Soul circuit's biggest stars. He's written and produced for everybody from Musiq and Floetry to Lenny Kravitz and Jill Scott, but he's at his best when recording his own material, sharing production duties with underground and mainstream greats like James Poyser, J-Dilla, and Osunlade. If only record sales and award recognition actually depended on, you know, quality, this album would have been the biggest thing of 2004. But hey, what's actual talent worth these days?

A Cut Above the Rest

Dang iTunes, it's about time I see some Erro on here. This is one of the most slept on albums ever released. Period. Just listen to the lyrics alone and they'll take you to another place. Add the music on top and you're floating in heaven. He sings with such passion as if he's reliving the moment he wrote the lyrics. The top three for me would have to be 1, 5. and 8; but trust me the entire album is great. Then after buying this one, go buy the other two albums he has. Finally, please go see this man in concert. Him and his band will rock all night until the cops ask them to leave, like literally. I promise you won't be disappointed!!

Instant Classic!

With songs like Could't Hear Me, Right Back to You, Please Don't Leave Me, Def Ears, Obstacles, Find the Way...shoot the whole album! This is a must have for any music lover!


Born: September 25, 1976 in Rahway, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Eric Roberson entered the music industry through a major label before he became one of the foremost independent R&B artists of the 2000s and 2010s. In 1994, as a teenager, the Rahway, New Jersey native debuted on Warner Bros. with "The Moon." Although the smooth, post-new jack ballad was a minor hit -- it reached number 53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart that summer -- its parent album was shelved. Roberson returned to Howard University on a musical theater scholarship and earned his degree....
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