Good Things by Aloe Blacc on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Good Things proves that Aloe Blacc’s solid 2006 debut Shine Through was just a warm up for greater things. A talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a warm, buttery smooth voice, Blacc (a.k.a. Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins) brilliantly soundchecks vintage R&B with such subtlety that he never comes across as a retro act. From his thoughtful socially conscious lyrics to the superb contemporary production, he’s clearly a modern soul man. There’s not a bad cut on the album but some clearly rise to the top, such as the leadoff single “I Need a Dollar,” the funky, wah-wah driven “Hey Brother,” and the irresistible “Miss Fortune,” which merges an addictive keyboard hook with a rubbery reggae groove. Other standouts include “Green Lights” and “You Make Me Smile,” a couple of sultry slices of positivity, the gospel-flavored “Mama Hold My Hand,” and an inspired reworking of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.” Blacc took his time delivering his sophomore release but this was certainly worth the wait. Good Things indeed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Good Things proves that Aloe Blacc’s solid 2006 debut Shine Through was just a warm up for greater things. A talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a warm, buttery smooth voice, Blacc (a.k.a. Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins) brilliantly soundchecks vintage R&B with such subtlety that he never comes across as a retro act. From his thoughtful socially conscious lyrics to the superb contemporary production, he’s clearly a modern soul man. There’s not a bad cut on the album but some clearly rise to the top, such as the leadoff single “I Need a Dollar,” the funky, wah-wah driven “Hey Brother,” and the irresistible “Miss Fortune,” which merges an addictive keyboard hook with a rubbery reggae groove. Other standouts include “Green Lights” and “You Make Me Smile,” a couple of sultry slices of positivity, the gospel-flavored “Mama Hold My Hand,” and an inspired reworking of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.” Blacc took his time delivering his sophomore release but this was certainly worth the wait. Good Things indeed.

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About Aloe Blacc

Born to Panamanian parents in Los Angeles in 1979, E. Nathaniel Dawkins (aka Aloe Blacc) first began playing trumpet in elementary school, and continued with the instrument throughout high school. There he also independently released Imaginary Friends, produced by DJ Exile, with whom he would go on to form the hip-hop group Emanon. While at college at USC, though his artistic endeavors were placed behind his scholastic goals, Aloe still managed to learn how to play the guitar and the piano, and after graduating and spending some time in the corporate world, he decided to return to his first love, music. In 2005 Emanon's full-length debut, The Waiting Room, came out on Shaman Works, and the next year his first solo album, Shine Through, a combination of retro-soul and Latin music, was released on Stones Throw. He partnered with the Truth & Soul Productions crew for 2010's more organic effort Good Things. The album featured the single "I Need a Dollar," which reached the Top Ten in several countries, including the U.K. and Germany. The song was licensed for use as the theme song to the HBO show How to Make It in America. In 2013, Aloe co-wrote and fronted Avicii's "Wake Me Up," an international smash hit that reached the Top Five of Billboard's Hot 100. His third album, Lift Your Spirit, was released in some territories later that year. In the U.S., it was issued through Interscope in early 2014. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    Jan 7, 1979

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