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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2011
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If you're expecting to hear the usual soulful blues approach on Keb Mo's new album "The Reflection," you're going to be disappointed. If you go into it looking for some amazing songs with incredible vocals that have a unique blend of pop, R&B and jazz, you're going to love it! The album features an all star list of guest musicians which include Vince Gill, India.Arie, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz and David T. Walker. The results are phenomenal. Things get rolling with "The Whole Enchilada," a song with a ton of soul and a mid tempo groove that is catchy and melodic. "The Reflection (I See Myself In You)" is an acoustic tune with a beautiful melody and deep, meaningful lyrics. The song strikes me as so genuine and sincere you can tell it's right from Keb's heart. "Crush On You" has some of the most beautiful melodies I've heard in a long time. India.Arie has such a cool voice and she sounds incredible with Keb. I hope they release an entire album together! "We Don't Need It" is a great song with some awesome guitar licks. Every song on this album is expressive, infectious, and well written. The production is crisp and fresh, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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"The Reflection" might be easy to dismiss. Fans who -- like me -- loved his early discs might find this music to be less engaging. But a couple of spins show that Keb's in a very positive head space. At its best, this is a romantic diamond. The opening track "The Whole Enchilada" is a track that would make James Taylor's mouth water. It pulses to a sexy beat and gently reflects on the responsibilities of a man in love, "Are you gonna be any better than the man you had to be to get her?" It's sleek; it's sexy; and it's incredibly addictive. The next track "Inside Out" gets a bit more punch into its groove with a classic soul chorus, "And let me remind you of a well-known fact, when you point one finger, three point back." This amazing one-two-three punch of stunning openers continues with "All the Way," a catchy sweet romantic track, "My life was liberated when I took a leap of faith." The other gem that has me hitting the repeat button is "Just Lookin'" with its funky toe tapping beat and Keb' smooth vocals as he turns down a romantic offer for the girl he's got at home. The rest of the set is strong, albeit "One of These Nights" probably won't make me forget the Eagles. Keb' Mo' is moving into a new phase of his career and does what he does superbly. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2011
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If you're expecting to hear the usual soulful blues approach on Keb Mo's new album "The Reflection," you're going to be disappointed. If you go into it looking for some amazing songs with incredible vocals that have a unique blend of pop, R&B and jazz, you're going to love it! The album features an all star list of guest musicians which include Vince Gill, India.Arie, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz and David T. Walker. The results are phenomenal. Things get rolling with "The Whole Enchilada," a song with a ton of soul and a mid tempo groove that is catchy and melodic. "The Reflection (I See Myself In You)" is an acoustic tune with a beautiful melody and deep, meaningful lyrics. The song strikes me as so genuine and sincere you can tell it's right from Keb's heart. "Crush On You" has some of the most beautiful melodies I've heard in a long time. India.Arie has such a cool voice and she sounds incredible with Keb. I hope they release an entire album together! "We Don't Need It" is a great song with some awesome guitar licks. Every song on this album is expressive, infectious, and well written. The production is crisp and fresh, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
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Keb Mo may have stepped out of his "blues" jeans with this one but he never disappoints when it comes to speaking to a woman!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
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What an apt title for this album - "The Reflection". When you've been a fan as long as I've been, when you think of Keb' Mo' you think of the blues, whether it be hard blues or mellow blues. But, with this album Keb' has shown the many things that really make up the artist and the man that we "true" fans know as Keb' Mo'. There is no doubt that this album comes from Keb's heart. And, it's a heart that very few musicians have.

I've always know that Keb' had more in him than the blues. He's shown it to me in his music, and he's shown it to me personally. This album is the complete Keb' Mo', a musical artist who has the ability to do whatever he wants. And, he does it with this album. It's a mixture of every genre of music that is, in fact, in his heart. In listening to the album for the first time I found myself many times just closing my eyes and forgetting all of the days problems and tribulations. The vocals and musicianship are so soothing, but also with an edge. Keb' still shows you his guitar talents that we knew all about, but also puts in some licks never heard from him before.

There is one song in particular that if it doesn't choke you up, especially in these days that we are living in, nothing will. It's the masterpiece, "We Don't Need It". Just listen, and be honest with yourself and tell yourself how you feel after listening. Only a man with Keb's heart and talent would be capable of arranging such a song. His mentors could not have done it.

With the proper promotion this is the album that could gain Keb' and extended following that he never had, over and above the core fans like myself. Thanks Keb', for one f the most beautiful albums I've ever heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
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I have been a Keb' Mo' fan for years and have seen him many times. This is another great album. This is a little different than his albums from the past and is a little bit more upbeat but admit that it is a great change for him. If you are a fan of Keb' Mo', I promise you will not be disappointed in this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Keb Mo delivers the goods again. He is amazing. His guitar playing, his music arrangements, his lyrics, his melodies - Keb is an artist in the truist sense of the word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2012
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Saw Keb Mo on Live from Daryl's House...thought he was a rapper, surprise!...was an awesome talent...had to buy the cd...excellent...great voice with a lot of soul...great R&B...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
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If you like Keb Mo you will enjoy this latest CD of his. It is more of the same. Gives me something new to listen to so I don't always have to listen to the same Keb Mo CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
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This album is the best Keb Mo album ever, love all the songs. The single with India Arie is my favourite. Also the one with Vince Gill is great.
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