- Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Truth & Soul Records
- ASIN: B00AX20BAE
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,660 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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All you have to do is listen to Lady once, and you ll remember in case you forgot why they call it soul music. The honesty, the aching sweetness, the raw power of these singers and their songs will remind you that nothing can move you as much, or touch you as deeply, as two women with amazing voices singing in tight harmony. Lady is the new collaborative project by Terri Walker and Nicole Wray. This unexpected transatlantic pairing was born out of a shared love of soul music and the resulting album also entitled Lady is a modern day interpretation of the classic sounds pioneered by labels such as Stax, Atlantic, and Motown. Lady unites the mellowness and pop flair of 60s soul with the driving beat of hip-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B. These two powerful voices harmonize to create a fresh sound that tells the stories of growing up and never giving up, of love and friendship, of yearning and losing, bad girls and good hearts. The lead single Money offers an overdue female perspective on the gold digger dynamic and has been accumulating plays and plaudits since emerging online. Other highlights include the self-assured strut of Get Ready, the dramatic, piano-driven Karma, Walker and Wray's tender tribute to their mothers in Sweet Lady and the heart-racing raunch of Good Lovin'. Lady s vocals switch smoothly from solos to seamless harmonies and are underpinned throughout by Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman's luscious production. Better know as Truth & Soul, Michels & Silverman write, produce and run a Brooklyn-based studio and label with a growing reputation. The multi-talented duo's credits include writing for Adele, production for Lee Fields & The Expressions and both writing and production on Aloe Blacc s Good Things album and its worldwide hit single, I Need A Dollar. Lady is an authentic original, drawing from the past to infuse the present with new power. Prepare to take your hat off to Lady. Get ready to fall in love. There has never been, there will never be, anything else like it.
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Lady came to my attention as a suggestion via ("yours truly") Amazon. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link and listened to the available samples. My attention was immediately taken a hold of. The lead singers weave a harmonious tapestry; their voices the perfect juxtaposition between soft and streetwise. Terri Walker's gentle expressions make for a perfect undertone to Nicole Wray's sinewy echelon of vocal intensity.
Reaching into the annals of musical history, taking everything from 60s pop, to 60s and 70s R&B and funk, Lady has encrypted modern times with a tiny piece of auditory brilliance. Despite the throwback stylings of the album in its entirety, Lady stays thoroughly modern in their approach. The backing band is absolute perfection, giving the sound of a live jam bumping your windows almost out of their settings.
This is music at its best: both modern and reminiscent.
Lady come highly recommended on all levels. But, if you are a fan of other modern musicians and bands such as Lee Fields and The Expressions, Alice Smith, Charles Bradley and His Extraodinaires, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, Quadron, et al (in similar fashion), then certainly acquire this lovely album.
My favourite album of 2013 (with Alice Smith's "SHE" and Quadron's "Avalanche" making a stiff tie for 2nd place).