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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One Music
  • ASIN: B00AXM48WG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Critically acclaimed musician Bilal is ready to set the music world ablaze with his highly anticipated new album A Love Surreal featuring the single Back To Love which gives fans a glimpse of Bilals unique ability to reinterpret jazz, soul and funk for todays audience.

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Only a multi talented and gifted artist like Bilal could handle such a amount of different musical styles on one album and make it work.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Bilal represents another one of those artists I hope to investigate every time he puts out a new album,but never do. This time I decided to take the plunge. Personally I've noticed that in the past three or four years,the quality control,thought and effort the majority of the more individual talents in the music world have been putting into their recorded output has significantly improved. They no longer seem to feel inhibited by perceived tastes. They have again began to breath the fresh air that lingers from the thrill of creative innovation-that hunger to open up the door for the listener to open their hear and stretch their minds with what they are listening to. It was that special quality that defined the very artistry of John Lennon,Curtis Mayfield,Marvin Gaye,Frank Zappa and those still alive such as Prince,Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell. These people transcended musical genres and concentrated on what musical combinations best suited their material. And therefore it's fitting Bilal is thrusting that point right back home.

The album opens with the warm fluttering intro entering you into the world of "West Side Girl",a beautifully slippery,percussive hand clap powered funk jam punctuated by beautifully chiming synthesized keyboard melodies. "Back To Love","Winning Hand" and "Climbing" all mix this same harp like keyboard effects with chunkier,bass heavy slow crawling grooves-no less funky and creating some compelling and uniquely jazzy harmonies and melodic changes. "Longing And Wating","Slipping Away","Lost For Now" and "Astray" are more expansive psychedelic soul rockers,bringing out the inner Lenny Kravitz/Jimmy Hendrix in Bilal instrumentally but his melodic beauty and genuine warmth shine through like a ray of sunshine on all of these numbers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JR Musik on March 14, 2013
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Been a fan since day 1. Really feeling the eclectic vibe. A true artist is never scared to step out of the box and let their creativity take them to new heights. Keep it comin Bilal!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Jasper on February 26, 2013
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Great album all the way through, Bilal has grown tremendously as an Artist. Bilal combines all of his musical influences to create his best album to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett B on June 22, 2013
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This album suffers from a bit of a lack of "IT"... but I have to say-- it's UNIQUE... and that's absolutely REFRESHING. I haven't been this stoked on an R&B album since Robert Glasper's "Black Radio" or Amalia's "Art Slave"... bring on this new wave!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Venesha Reed on October 28, 2013
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Bilal outdid himself on this number. A Love Surreal surpasses all musical genres. Since Airtight's Revenge, I can tell that Bilal has tried to experiment with new sounds outside of the traditional "neo-soul" genre. I feel as if that we're a good effort, but failed to miss the mark in some aspects. A Love Supreme shows the artists maturity and is a testament to the perfect merge to what Bilal set out to do with his sophomore effort. And, as one who has been listening to Bilal since First Born Second, I can hear the vocal maturity.

Favorite tracks:

West Side Girl: During the summer months, whenever on the road, I was sure to turn my radio up (turn my AC off) and roll the windows down. Yep, this is one of those songs that will make you want to do just that.

Back to Love: The only thing that came to mind when I first hear this song was, "Fresh."

Longing and Waiting- HOT, HOT, HOT! Very Prince-esqe. The "eat it off the kitchen floor," line. WOW!

Astray- This song puts me in some try of N.Y.C club with soul rock music, lots of smoke, drinks and grinding. Great songs. It takes me places.

Right at the Core: Great collaboration between Bilal and underground R&B group, KING.

Lost for Now: The best song on the album! It's heartfelt and brings me clarity and focus. I love the way Bilals vocal caress this song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kee on September 1, 2013
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One of the best singers ever, and especially at such a young age. His musicality is unmatched at this time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avery Dena Jacobs on August 29, 2013
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Just when you thought Bilal's last album could not be followed, leave it up to Bilal to follow it up and compliment his previous work without repeating himself. This album sounds exactly like the album name, and shows Mr. Oliver's growth as an artist and a man. Top to bottom classics and solid soul tracks that will be ringing in our ears and from our lips for years to come. Should you discover this artist or this album, count yourself better for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wnh on July 27, 2013
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He is such an eclectic artist. I love the layers of of his music. You can't get this type of talent from anyone else. His live performance is better than good.
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