I purchased this cd by curiosity, after buying this band's latest. The album starts well, with a James Taylor Quartet like track. I think to myself "great, it is going to be a good acid jazz cd".
But, as you know, an album is not just one track. And you will find excellent, but also average cuts on this 45 minutes journey, which makes me think that the album is a bit irregular and inconsistent. On the negative side : "This is your life" is somehow repetitive. The vocalist is completely lost and overwhelmed on tracks 8 and 9. The guitar solo on tracks 6 and 10 is played just like George Benson used to play some 20 years ago. Not really new or innovative, you must admit it... The good ones : A good cover version of "Joy and Pain", from Maze. "Got to do" is well sung and has a good rythm. The title track from the album and "So far away" are very Brand New Heavies like (though the singer is neither N'dea nor Siedah) and the closing track is an excellent one, to the point that there is a cover version sung by someone else, though I can't remember exactly who.
So, overall this release is not as good as the Trust your instincts cd, which would deserve four stars when compared to this one. If you are an acid jazz lover, you will find that Incognito and Brand New heavies are the masters, before other groups like D-influence, The James Taylor Quartet, Galliano or the Brooklyn Funk Essentials, then a third category among which this cd is included.
- Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
- Original Release Date: February 8, 1996
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Instinct Records
- ASIN: B000001UW9
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,024 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)