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Sweet Water Soul

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A good listen into FEMI's Sweet Water Soul from Talking House Records, will leave you wanting more & more. No question about it. It will move you. Causing you to grasp a strong hold of the CD case & often stare into the exquisite, tasteful art cover. Considering how deep she took the rhythm of soul, far outstretching anything standard & clichéd, I would have to say FEMI may have to come back to music fans with more than 6 tracks. You got it, 6 tracks. Which really proved more to me how capable FEMI stands to make a mark feverishly into music lovers minds. A thought of the passionate, the lovely Sade will come to your senses without hesitation. The sounds darn near the realms of Caribbean, exotic rhythms extracted from heartthrob R&B singer Maxwell will satisfy & relate. Its exactly where FEMI plans to take her joy for music to. An outstanding effort, this review will be short, sweet & simple! If you dig the style of the flute, then find a special place on the couch somewhere. You are about to get served a got portion of it in Sweet Water (Rezo), right alongside a plate of soft, mushy lyrical arrangements FEMI gave to ya a-la-carte. ....come into the water...let me fill you... And the music mix fades into an ocean breezed, tranquil guitar harmony...opening up sliding doors to Imported. Just as tasteful & plush as the title sounds, expressing a reminder of how some exotic, eloquent Caribbean sounds can be found without having to travel to the region for it. And again, the flute is just another highlight awaiting your ears. FEMI adds her vocal blessings with sensuality, feel & persistence. The musical flow doesn't budge. It doesn't even pause for a second. As the compositions fade into each other, FEMI & her personnel now has the listener in a pure bliss when she delivers Crush. NOW examine & see what I was talking about in the beginning. Reggae lovers will delight with the background essence of If I Knew & the Neo-Soul/Jazz players will dig FEMI'S I Want You. Now check it: The versatility she brings to this project will simply amaze & move you. 'Nuff said. The 6 track EP finishes with making you crave for more songs from FEMI, right after Pages has well drifted pass your listening moment. The embodiment of peaceful harmonies, well orchestrated, arranged songs demands more from where it came from. I would drop a coin for this EP in a hot minute. Who are y'all tellin'? I couldn't get enough of this project & will have to confess for a certain fact: FEMI has it going on. Like I mentioned before, 'Nuff said. --Urban Music Scene

And still the quality keeps on coming! Talking House records from San Francisco release this 6-track EP by Femi, and the whole package is very sophisticated, well packaged and major label quality. The booklet and artwork the packaging is very smart and top notch. The photography here is professional and the location on the back cover is stunning. Musically, too, no expense has been spared. The musical backing is real, rich and warm. Just take a sip of track one, Sweet Water and hear the sexy, infectious percussion and rasping flute and already we're under no illusion of quality. This is the sort of material that Erykah Badu could do if she was so inclined. Vocally sparse, this segues into the fully-blown vocal cut, Imported. More percussion, guitar and flute await us here as well as some very smooth backing harmonies. A cut that should get a few heads nodding is Crush. Wiith a funky bassline and juicy percussion Femi delivers a groove almost in line with what we could expect, say, from a new Sade album though Femi has a far better vocal range. I really like Femi's vocals and the quicker we receive a full and proper album release the better. Skipping the Reggae tune, If I Know, we hit a jazzier note with the brilliant I Want You. The fender rhodes keyboards and bass guitar sound absolutely delicious and make this the cream track on the EP. What a great cut this is, and makes a mockery of 99% of what the big labels are releasing. The final track is called Pages. Not a cover of the 1999 George Benson gem, but a summery floater that will simply take you to a warmer and more relaxing plane. Not unlike all the compositions on this EP, the lyrics are of a high standard and very much aimed at the intelligent listener. What a lovely introduction to a very lovely Lady. --soulchoonz Y2K album reviews

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sweet Water (Rezo)
  2. Imported
  3. Crush
  4. If I Knew
  5. I Want You
  6. Pages

Product details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Talking House Records
  • ASIN: B001E4SF9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,620 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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