Sunday, August 14, 2011
Final Grade: B/B-
This is a pretty decent album. Some solid soul revival going on here. I'm a little confused as to my opinion of Aloe's voice. It seems underdeveloped, which is understandable seeing that he was originally a rapper and not a singer (I think I may prefer him rapping). "I Need a Dollar" was a great tune to open on, because Aloe's voice is right in pocket and gives you a great first impression of him. Although, I don't think he always held up to that first song. For example, I think "Take Me Back" is a really awesome song, but Aloe's voice doesn't sound supported or confident. He's got a soulful grime to his voice, which is really nice, but depending on the range that he's singing it, that grime doesn't always come off as attractive. I have a feeling that with work, his voice will strengthen and he will be a force to be record with, but right now, for me, it's not there yet. Song wise, "Femme Fatale" was the only song I really didn't care for, and I thought that the last two tunes were kind of lackluster, but overall, pretty good album. Looking forward to hearing how he develops.