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Album Review

The problem with neo-soul is that its advocates are quick to celebrate artists that capture the merest essence of the form — elements that are clearly reminiscent of Stevie, Curtis, Sly, Marvin, even Prince — without caring whether the songs themselves are all that memorable. Usually, what matters is the feel and the mannerisms, as evidenced by D'Angelo's praised, mannered second album. Even acclaimed artists like Alicia Keys are praised for what they could be as much as for what they are. This is the background that makes Remy Shand's debut album, The Way I Feel, such a surprise. By all accounts, Shand should not be a musician that gets it right — he's a clean, white, middle-class twentysomething, raised on records that were made well before his birth. Sometimes, this background is evident in the production, when he and co-executive producer Steve Warden rely on sounds that evoke classic early-'70s soul, or in Shand's slightly affected falsetto, but those are exceptions to the rule on The Way I Feel, because the album's foundation is built on classic songwriting — sturdy, tuneful songs that are deceptively simple in their structure but reveal their strength through repeated listens. They're winning upon the first listen, since they have a sweet, sultry feel delivered smoothly and assuredly, but so does most neo-soul — it's the repeated plays that reveal that the songs themselves are the most seductive thing about the album, not the lush, post-Philly soul production, or the fact that Remy Shand played nearly every instrument on this record. Yes, he's indebted to his idols, but no more than the Strokes are to theirs — and this is the romantic soul flip side of Is This It's invigorating slice of traditionalism, which means even if you've heard and loved music like this before, you'll soon be swayed by the sound, skill, and sheer joy of this debut, one of the very best of its kind.

Customer Reviews

Best Artist to Never Follow Through

A truly amazing talent. It is really sad that Remy has not followed this album with another masterpiece. This album was amazing from top to bottom. He quickly gained the respect of all sorts of musicians and then disappeared. Remy if you ever read this, get your back to the music.

A Timeless Classic

I have listened to this entire album countless times and know every single word, note, and nuance by heart. It suits all moods and is soulful and sexy, and translates seemlessly between the bedroom to great background party music and everywhere in between. It is such a perfect blend of heartfelt lyrics, beautiful instrumentation, strong beats, and is matched perfectly with this man's incredible voice. This is THE album that you buy, listen to, and can't wait to turn everyone you know onto it!

Buy It.......Trust me.

He composed 90% of the album on his own. Talented and Underrated,Yes. White pigment, so what; good music is what it is. Plain and simple.

Biography

Born: 1978 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s

Remy Shand emerged on to the neo-soul circuit in 2002 with The Way I Feel, a potent canon of songs inspired by classic Motown and Memphis soul. Primarily home-schooled in his native Vancouver, Shand began raiding his parents record collection at an early age — soaking up a wide range of jazz, soul, and R&B, with Marvin Gaye's classic Here, My Dear having a profound influence on his musical direction. Dropping out of high school to study and pursue music full-time, Shand played as a session...
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