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Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe Blacc, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, a universal lack of compassion, and the struggle to survive. Ethereal production from Truth & Soul's Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, "I Need a Dollar" chosen by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America.


The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe has become what writer and activist Amiri Baraka once said of John Coltrane: He is a singular scope of feeling...a more fixed traveler who has found cohesion in art and life. The path from his debut Shine Through in 2006 to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That s the Way Love Is and the What's Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What's Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible yet normative and conformist statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • ASIN: B003OWVHVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Nse Ette on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Aloe Blacc's CD was reccommended to me by Amazon and I'm glad for the pointer as I'd probably have missed this otherwise. I love his rich tenor voice.

With a retro Soul sound remniscent of Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye, his lyrics touch mainly on social issues. Opening cut is the groovy "I need a dollar" with darting horns, an insistent piano riff, and lyrics told from the view point of someone laid off. "Green lights" is organ-driven Soul, while the guitars in the funky "Hey brother" sound like they stepped out of Shaft.

Other standouts are the lilting Reggae "Miss fortune", the falsetto-sung laid back "Life so hard" (with theatrical strings, a great echoing guitar solo, and lyrics touching on hunger, war and more), the breezy "Femme fatale", the bouncy "Loving you is killing me" (with nice layered harmonies), "If I" ("If I sang a song, would you sing with me / if I shed a tear, would you cry with me?"), and the Gospel-tinged "Momma hold my hand" (with autobiographical lyrics remniscing on his childhood).

The production is light and free, perfect for this uplifting CD. Highly reccommended!
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The title says it all. Although a soul album (and I mean soul in the classic sense and not Hip Hop) this is modern and poignant. It just does not get any better than this.
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I hope he gets his just due soon, this album is incredible. I love to hear him rhyme in his group alongside Exile, Emanon. However, he doesn't rap at all on this album. He has a very buttery, soulful voice. Tracks like "I Need A Dollar", "Miss Fortune", "Femme Fatale" Jump out at me, but they are all very great tracks. Excellent album
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What a revelation this artist & album is. One of the best singers & musicians I have come across in years. Combining smooth vocals reminiscient of Sam Cooke,Marvin Gaye,Curtis Mayfield & Stevie Wonder, this guy is a revelation. Discovered him by accident on an english chat show when he sang "I Need A Dollar" & "Loving You Is Killing Me", and he rocked the house. For any person who has a mother listen to "Mama Hold My Hand" and try your best to hold back the tears, it is an instant classic for the ages. Listen to the album a few times and you'll find yourself humming quite a few tracks off of it. Look this guy up on youtube and see his fantastic rendition of the Sam Cooke song "A Change Is Gonna Come", he makes it his own. Cannot wait for him to come to Australia where I live. Will be the first person in line to buy a ticket to his concert.
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I had never heard of this guy till I heard one of his songs on the radio so had to buy the album (cd, whatever!) I really enjoy the whole thing actually, that one really popular song is only one of the many good ones on it.
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Great production and lyrics,I absolutley love this cd,its on heavy rotation.Its quite hard to find a soul ,funk cd that doesnt have atleast a couple of boring songs ,Aloe Blacc's work doesnt fall into that category .
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I had never heard of Aloe Blacc until earlier this year when I was playing one of the free CDs that comes with MOJO magazine and on the CD of Rolling Stones covers tunes, one track, "I Got the Blues," was sung by Aloe Blacc. Wow! What a voice. He definitely has one of those powerful yet melodic voices that turns heads and commands your attention. It's got that old school 70s vibe to it, but yet with a modern sheen. I keep trying to think of someone else that he reminds me of, but nobody else really compares. It's not that Blaac's voice is that unusual or anything, but it is distinctive. As for this album, it's a very good one, mixing soulful originals with surprising effective covers such as the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale." This guy really digs deep into the emotional vault and pours out the soul. Fans of 70s and 80s soul should really dig this album. This guy is going places.
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I bought this after KCRW played "I Need a Dollar" over and over again during their semi-annual pledge drive. I must admit, that song is definitely catchy and cool. However, I wasn't a fan of the rest of the album. I'm certain there's plenty of you out there who are big fans of this sort of music, but it just didn't hit it off with me.
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