Review: The famous producer behind the 1990 smash hit "Sadness Part 1" indeed returns! Driven by founder and composer Michael Cretu, The Fall Of A Rebel Angel weaves together twelve conceptual tracks, or chapters, into one long and compelling narrative. Said to tell the story of a protagonist's progression, growth, and ultimate evolution. Grammy and Echo award winning writer Michael Kunze has created the story in words to accompany the music and will be featured in its entirety on the album's multi-lingual Special Edition. Cretu was said to influenced by a wide range of musical genres on this album. From the obvious classical music references and Gregorian chants as well as even more contemporary electronic music like dubstep. A compelling listen from start to finish.
Review: Few contemporary jazz songwriters have emerged with such demonstrative authenticity and clarity as Gregory Porter. Liquid Spirit continues where the prolific artist left us with Be Good and Water; soulful, funky and galvanised in honest emotion. Echoing foundation-setting singers such as Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield and even further back to the likes of Sammy Davis Junior, Porter flings us from vibe to vibe with precision-written lyrics and emphatic delivery. Highlights include the double-bass slapping stomper "Liquid Spirit", the boogie-fuelled "The In Crowd", the Cullum-esque "When Love Was King" and the tear-jerking finale "Water Under Bridges." Beautiful business.