Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Final Grade B/B-
This was a pretty decent album from José James, the fourth from the soul singer, but I was expecting a little something more from him. I've seen him live, and I thought he was really good, but I don't think his performance translated as well as I would have liked it to. The album started out strong for me, "It's All Over Your Body" is a great tune, as is "Trouble," and I wish that feel would have stayed throughout. Especially with such great collaborators as Pino Palladino, Robert Glasper, and Chris Dave, the album had more potential than I think it achieved. Not to say that I didn't like this album, because I definitely did, I just had high expectations for it and was slightly disappointed by the outcome. James' voice is so soft and sultry, and I think he got lost in the instrumentation on a lot of the tracks, and I wish they had accompanied him a little better. I thought that the album could have ended stronger as well - I wouldn't have ended it so slowly, I felt like it needed a little pick me up at the end. I was also surprised that there weren't any crazy bass parts coming from Pino - would have liked to hear a little more from him. James has definitely got a good style both vocally and lyrically, but I think I like him better live than on record. So, everyone should go see him live.