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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0026IZR48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the 'Prince Of Sophisticated Soul', who is celebrating his 20th Anniversary as a recording artist. Classique is an album where timeless meets modern-day to create an utterly unique sound that manages to feel both familiar And brand new. This all-new recording proves, without a doubt, that Will Downing is truly one of the preeminent R&B singers today. He possesses the smoothest, most soothing baritone and is a direct descendant of jazzy Soul vocal artists Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and Barry White.

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His voice is undeniable and hypnotic!
Shannon
I say this because this cd gives me the same good feeling that one did, lol.
Devine Brown
This CD is amazing... It can be considered one of Will Downing's best works.
Arthur G. Govan

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ST on June 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The title may mislead his fans, since he sings and covers some classic songs, but the CD contains some good new, original stuff as well.
The Will Downing we all know has returned to where he started and where he belongs, giving audiences some very good music from his heart.
This is sultry soul, lounge style - an album from which characters in an early 1990s romantic comedy film could draw inspiration.
If you find this idea quite charming, then this album from the veteran American singer is for you.
It's suave, slightly cheesy and full, with more "I'm not your yesterday Baby, I'm your tomorrow" lyrics than you can shake a stick at.
It's hard to pick out any individual singles as they all fill a set format.
Will's lyrics aren't particularly on form, but this can be forgiven for those romantics out there.
He has gone back to his old school roots and brought back his signature sound and writing.
The album may remind you of a mix of Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass, a lukewarm Barry White and a diluted Marvin Gaye on a recording that's smooth, passionate and emotive, but probably too much so...
No hip hop/Nu Soul diversions are allowed here.
This soul/jazzy album will appeal to his fans, and maybe convert some others as well, and of course anyone who likes jazzy, smooth vocals.
On "Classique" Will confirms that when it comes to romantic soul he has few peers.
You may like his covers of "I'm Gonna Love You A Little More Baby" and "Baby You're For Real", which Marvin wrote for The Originals and on which Will here duets with ex-Montclairs' member Phil Perry, who oversings here, going a little over the top.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on June 16, 2009
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It's so good to have Will Downing give us such a great CD. His cover versions of The Originals' "Baby, I'm For Real" and Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love you just A Little Bit More, Babe" are beyond any reproach whatsoever and the original songs "I Won't Stop" and "Something Special" are pure butter. Hopefully, urban radio will give this CD much-deserved airplay as Will is most certainly one of today's best crooners and an artist who truly deserves greater exposure and recognition. This is romantic, heartfelt, emotional and soul-stirring music that will nourish your heart, soul and spirit. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre 2015 on June 16, 2009
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This is the real thing, believe me.
You want classic soul, a voice that makes your baby's heart melt along with yours - get this. Classic soul has never been better.
I was never a big fan of Will Downing. Don't get me wrong, this guy sure knows his stuff and made some fine albums over the years. But somehow they never stuck with me as albums. A song here and there, yes, a beautiful voice, great covers and originals but never an album that I l.o.v.e.d.
This - this is perfection. Silky soul of the highest order.
Will Downing has found his place alongside the likes of Teddy Pendergrass, maybe even a touch of Barry White.
The first song Ride made me think of the O'Jays - which in itself is saying enough, smooth as ooooooh.
If you like mid-tempo sexy grooves: put down the lights, make some Love Suggestions, cook Something Special, invite your lady, tell her I'm Gonna Love Just A Little Bit More Baby and enjoy a trip to heaven with Classique
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Turner-oliver on June 16, 2009
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All you need to know is that this is Will Downing doing what he does best. He is the voice of romance and sings songs that women what men to say to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devine Brown on June 18, 2009
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Will Downing is one of those premiere artists where you can't wait to listen his newest artistry. This piece of work reminds me so much of his 2003 release entitled "Emotions". I say this because this cd gives me the same good feeling that one did, lol. My absolutes favorite tracks off of this compliation would be "More Time" and "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More". Initally when I read the title "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More" I said to myself Will should have never touched a Barry White tune, (not to mention I've never cared for the song)so I just passed it up without a listen to. Just by chance I couldn't get to the cd quick enough before 2 minutes of this song began to play. After one listen I keep that song and "More Time" on heavy rotation in all my cd players in the house, lol. In a world where music gets lost in the shuffle of politics, sex, and power play it's good to know that there is a label that still provides people with good music such as Will's. This cd is a must buy. Now that's whassup!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn johnson on September 24, 2009
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Will Downing "Classique" CD is one of his best CD ever! Both age and sickness has not slowed down this awesome singer. I am thankful that I have his unique voice and collection of songs to carry me throughout my day. I am completely in love with Will Downing wonderful voice and vibe. Thanks WD for spoiling me with your speicial sound. Jocelyn Johnson (Atlanta)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Brightly on February 25, 2010
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WOW! Everyone knows basically most of us purchase CD's,on the basis of what we hear on the radio.Especially if we mail order...This one I heard several tracks in the store.

This Music is sooooooooo Classy & Sexy.Money well spent....Keep it coming Will...

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Somewhere Down South....
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