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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" CD
Folks, Eric Benet's new CD hit the stores yesterday, and it is worth buying.
"You're the Only One I Want" promises to be one of those songs responsible for baby booms. (Y'all know what I'm talking about.) It's reminiscent of old school R&B--meaningful lyrics with a groove that will make you want to get busy.
"Weekend Girl" also has a familiar...
Published on September 10, 2008 by Melissa Robinson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Eric is definitely talented and really good. Content label with explicit or adult lyrics should be listed. previous info about him being a sex fiend are very much apparent with lyrics.I think words used in these songs are to be left to the "Rappers" not someone with great talent and a voice like Eric's.He starts off really good then he gets to a point where he just goes...
Published on November 17, 2008 by Anne Greene
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Island R&B Disc : Benet Outdoes Himself,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)Its ironic that in an R&B field littered with geniuses such as Robin Thicke, Maxwell and D'Angelo, the true master of them all has often been totally overlooked. I'm referring to Eric Benet, unsung hero of the Neo-Soul Movement, who certainly deserves far more attention that what the mainstream has afforded him so far.
Since 1996, the man has released one quality album after another (do try to find his unreleased "Better and Better" album - its online somewhere or the other, and is a certifiable classic). My personal favorite is his spectacular soul record "Hurricane", but if you want some smooth grooves and memorable tunes, then this 2008 release is the one to go for.
The gospel-tinged opening of "Love, Patience and Time" sets the tone for the entire CD - and by the time you are on Track 4 ("Don't Let Go"), its evident that this is an album where no two tracks sound the same (an accomplishment in the genre, if you follow R&B music in general), but to be fair, there are a few 'babymaking' songs that sound like odd missteps. Prime amongst these are "Chocolate Legs", and the very 1980s sounding "Everlove" (which is a great song, only it sounds like some old Peabo Bryson track).
"Love and Life" may not be Benet's best album. In fact, his attention to bringing the 1980s sound into the entire album is a little distracting (not to mention it ages the CD, and not always in a good way). But as a solid piece of work, its got a lot going for it. I still choose "Hurricane" as his best work ever - that CD has a *special* something that has not diminished all these years later, but this album runs a close second.
4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Eric Benet,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)Eric Benet is a true crooner; his voice is sexy and the lyrics are on point, never have been a real Benet fan until now.
5.0 out of 5 stars ERIC BENET HAS A SEXY VOICE THAT WON'T STOP,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)I enjoy listening to Eric Benet's music. I can't complain of the quality of the disc and how much I really appreciate his LOVE AND LIFE cd
5.0 out of 5 stars grt8,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)they look nice, have not used them as they were a gift. she likes them and uses them a lot.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Honeymoon Might Be Over But Eric Is Not,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)Eric Benet is one of those people who stands in about smack in the middle in terms of his R&B reputation. He's definitely got the debonair "OG" type ladies man thing going for him all the way. He also veers somewhat towards the more reflective and thoughtful side of that equation as well. He's one of those artists I tend to have high expectations from. And at least one time on each of his albums,he completely fulfills them. Even so that's my fault really. And anyone else who has expectations from any artist that they feel requires attention. Here at a crossroads between one marriage (to Halle Berry) and another to Manuela Testolini,herself the ex wife of Prince this particular album finds him very much in a state of romantic transition,from a poetic Romeo to sometimes being a straight out player. All the same there's his music,which always has the best care and attention behind it. In this area,it's a clear cut question of priorities when you get right down to it.
He begins the album as close to perfect as he ever could with "Love,Patience & Time",an elegant late 70's style urban funky soul production that showcases his viewpoint on love at that point. And if you hear the lyrics,I admit I rather agree with him. He finishes the story on the musically like minded (though somewhat more horn oriented "Weekend Girl". These are two sure fire highlights. On "Chocolate Legs" he's wooing a lady while getting his groove on with a gospel type acoustic soul number inspired somewhere between Babyface and Al Green. Another strong composition there. "Iminluvwichoo",done with Linda Kiraly is an excellent modern re-visitation of early 80's boogie funk with layers of synthesizers and electronic percussion,plus some of those clever chord progressions and vocal harmonies Benet does so well. "Spanish Fly" throws some salsa into the affair while the album closes with "One More Tomorrow",an epic modern gospel/soul type number again with a very strong melodic hook to it.
The albums only weaknesses to me come in the ballads such as "You're The Only One For Me","Everlove" and "Don't Let Go". They are well written but produced in a way that could be done by a lot of people. I should note this will probably put me in disagreement with Benet fans who think of him primarily as a balladeer. Those are not bad songs though. On "The Hunger" and "Sing To Me" however,the weakness is a lot more apparent on two very generic hip-hop/soul type dance numbers. His musical style doesn't really mesh too well with contemporary hip-hop based soul much at all. These really are the only numbers that keep this from being a five star record to me. It's about 50/50 in terms of great and nearing mediocre. Nothing here is truly bad. Benet just isn't musically capable of that. But a few numbers were ill conceived. At it's worst though,it adds humanity to his music. That vulnerability to be all things to all generations. And the hip-hop/soul era IS his generation. He just chose to swing it a different way. And I find when Eric Benet swings his music away from that difference he has to his contemporaries,he falters a bit. Overall not a bad album from a vital musical talent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love & Life,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)Love & Life by Eric Benet great CD. Every song is beautiful his voice is so smooth. Would recommend
this to anyone who is grown and sexy
4.0 out of 5 stars Some beautiful songs from EB,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)It's a good CD, but not good as HURRICANE. In the title track Roy Hargrove plays trumpet. Track 2, 4, 6 and 10 are not so good. Everlove is a duet with Terry Dexter. Track 7 is the Weekend song. Sing To Me is the best song of the album together with Everlove. One More Tomorrow has the Stevie Wonder's style.
4.0 out of 5 stars Eric Benet returns to his roots...and it's about time!,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)In 2008, Eric Benet released "Love & Life", an album that shows him gettting back to basics. This comes after his previous album "Hurricane" which was dominated by soft rock mavens David Foster and Walter Afanasieff. On this new album he reunites with his longtime producer Demonte Posey who produced all the songs except for the Keith Crouch helmed "Chocolate Legs". The effort opens with the inspirational tune "Love Patience & Time" and leads into the uptempo track "The Hunger". For as great as this album is, the only missteps are the songs "Sing To Me" and the duet with Terry Dexter "Everlove" which sound like a blatant play for the adult contemporary crowd. Despite those two songs, it's a rather solid album from Eric Benet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin Eric Benet!,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)You will love this album it's got songs that really make you feel good. I am a true EB fan and if you are too you will not be disappointed if you buy this album!
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Life,
This review is from: Love & Life (Audio CD)From the very start of the album you can feel the Life that is in this Album. The first songs is about a vet who is not doing so well but finds the courage to keep moving forword. You can feel the Love of this album in songs such as You're the Only One. This was last year summer love song. You can feel the Sexiness of this Cd in the song Chocolate Legs. It is a well put together CD and I recommend that you pick this CD up.
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