- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727884999
- ISBN-13: 978-0727884992
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,130,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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If Stephanie Mills or Bobby DeBarge appeared on the R&B scene today we would never get the chance to experience the vocal magic that they were allow to demonstrate in R&B of old... And this holds true for Craig David.
There are more ballads "Awkward", "Officially Yours", "Just A Reminder" and "Top of the Hill". Along with the mid-up tempo songs like "Hot Stuff (Lets Dance), "Friday Night", "6 of 1 Thing", "She's On Fire" (one of my fav Craig comes with rapid fire singing flow that's crazy). While not his best cd "Trust Me" is still more of a step up than a good portion of other cds that are out now.
Bravo 2 ya, Craig...likin this and the future for ya as well. God bless!!
What he came up with here,whatever his intentions is one of the most well rounded and consistently strong in terms of soul/funk of this era. Generally speaking it actually is based strongly in well produced live musicianship and very strong song craft. The first three tracks alone are corkers. "Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" was the big hit,a high key re-imagining of the David Bowie hit. After that is the break beat infused horn funk of "6 Of 1 Thing",one of the most rhythmically complex numbers of the "nu funk" era as it were. "Friday Night" is a sleeker sophistifunk number that's melodic and heavily arranged. "Awkward" is very appropriately arranged in a spare,midtempo soul number that's spare with more accents than big instrumental sounds. "Just A Reminder","Officially Yours","Kind Of Girl For Me" and "She's On Fire" are wonderfully sleek uptown type funky soul grooves with some tasty orchestrations and bass/guitar interaction.
"Don't Play With Our Love" is the most rhythmically and melodically involved number here,with one of the most astounding melodic hook I've heard this end of Rod Temperton and instrumentation that goes from hefty disco-funk to salsa. "Top Of The Hill" is a soul/folk type acoustic guitar based number where David speaks of the importance of the stories of working class people we all too often ignore. Only the closer "This Is The Girl",a rather stereotypical contemporary hip-hop/R&B track with a cookie cutter rap is a song I'd describe as unneeded. But that doesn't destroy what's otherwise a wonderful ten song album that thoroughly explores the realm of what soul and funk can still do in this modern age free from the somewhat stifling influences of newer and more overused sounds. It's a very upbeat album too. It doesn't go out of it's way to prove any points. It just does it and keeps you dancing and singing along while it does.
I guess What I'am trying to say is that Mr.David didn't pigeon hold himself as an artist when it came to making this album. Which is What I enjoy the most about the album. For the track "She's On Fire" I like the caribbean influence within the song. There are so many elements to the "6&1 Thing" that you would have to listen in detail for evey instrument. It also has a good message in there as well. If I had to chose a favorite song it would have to be "6&1Thing". ,But I enjoy the album as a whole. "Just A reminder" is a beauitful mid tempo ballad. "Friday Night" is a great party track. In closing the only thing I dislike about the album was the taught guy image in the pictures of the album. Other then that, this album is for you unconditional true blue Craig Ashley David fans out there in the world such as I'am.