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As a brand new band, the Heavies didn't know quite what they had on their hands with vocalist N'Dea Davenport; she's only featured on four cuts here, but as it turned out three of them were released as singles and her fiery, soulful vocals wound up being the key to the band's commercial success. She comes on full force on the intoxicating radio smash "Never Stop" and the horn-heavy funk workout "Dream Come True," but pulls back with equal ease on the ultra-smooth "Ride in the Sky" and casts a spell of irresistible seduction on the sultry "Stay This Way."
Of course, featuring Davenport on only four of ten tracks leaves the album a little lop-sided, but thankfully the instrumentals are strong enough to carry the load. "BNH," for all of its jazzy horns and smooth funk rhythms, tidily sums up what the band is all about; "People Get Ready" and "Gimme One of Those" are spirited exercises that sound like outtakes from the "Shaft" soundtrack; and "Put the Funk Back in It" proves the Heavies can shake the house even from a ballad tempo.Read more ›
You can tell that the band had grew up on such
70's American R&B icons as Stevie Wonder,
Brass Construction, Curtis Mayfield, Ohio Players,
E,W&F and Rufus feat. Chaka Khan as well as
70's fusion jazz like Herbie Hancock,
Roy Ayers Ubiquity, The Blackbyrds and
Lonnie Liston Smith, but they wove it into an
interesting and refreshing sound that ruled the
early to mid 90's and influenced acts like
Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Amiel Lamiereaux,
etc. and became known as neo-soul here in the states.
N'Dea Davenport's fluid vocals are the perfect
marriage to the bands funky "jazz-perations"!
"Dream Come True", "Stay This Way" "Ride In The Sky" and
"Never Stop" will always have a special place in my heart
and if you like this one, then check out 1994's
sizzling "Brother-Sister", which is just as or
more hot as this one!
Every track here sounds like it might have been a lost outtake from the decade of "Superfly" and "Shaft". Despite the great chops of the band members, the real treasure here is the vocals of N'Dea Davenport who seems to have just what each song she's featured on needs, effortlessly floating above "Stay This Way" or testifying for "Dream Come True".
"Shakedown" and "Sphynx" are the standout instrumental tracks here with all 4 songs where N'Dea sings also being stellar ("Dream Come True", "Never Stop", "Ride in the Sky", and "Stay This Way")
"Gimmie One of Those" is probably the least interesting track here. It's an instrumental that's merely average compared with the more interesting ones that surround it.
This band is the real deal. Chickenscratch guitar, in the pocket rhythm, and soulful vocals. If you have any interest in funk or acid jazz, you need to check out this album.
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I really dig this cd and it came in good condition. The cd is my kind of music to enjoy.Published 10 months ago by Georgia Bieneman
Easily falls within the Top 25 Funkiest Albums ever recorded, anywhere...1991 USA release still holds up ! Tight rhythm section, solid Horns, and passionate vocals...Published on May 11, 2014 by Muddle One
Excellent album! Ordered two copies and gave one to a friend's 19-year-old son for Christmas and he was amazed! Great music always lasts through time.Published on February 9, 2014 by Pam
This is the 1st album I heard from the heavies and was so glad to find it on amazon. Great album and I was lucky to find it again.Published on January 20, 2014 by Brendon B.