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Keb' Mo' In Touch With His Inner Muzak
on May 15, 2012
I have been a fan of Keb' Mo' since his first album. I enjoy his upbeat lyrics, his bluesy music, and how he puts his toe into folk or R&B as the mood hits him. This album, as other reviewers have mentioned, is technically good. Well-written lyrics, well put together instrumentals, excellent vocal quality. But the sum of the parts sounds like a really good background jazz band at a coffee shop--not the great Keb'Mo.
I don't know why he chose to do this album. Maybe he wanted to try something new--if so, hopefully he'll decide to move on. Maybe he got bad advice from an agent or producer or friends. If so, go back to what you do best, Mr. Mo'! This album should be listed as the work of Kevin Moore as another reviewer suggested. Save "Keb'Mo'" for the good stuff. Maybe he can reprise some of the songs--the acoustic versions of The Reflection, The Whole Enchilada, and All the Way are great, the real deal. Keb'Mo' is best taken straight without bells and whistles that detract from his talent.