Truth About Love"
British soulman Lemar has yet to make it big in the US meaning America has yet to discover one of the best talents to emerge this millennium. Since making it to the finals of the British talent show "Fame Acadamy" in 2002, Lemar released two fantastic albums: "Dedicated" and "Time To Grow". His third outing "The Truth About Love" is his best yet demonstrating the confidence and poise of an old fashioned soul practitioner who has mastered his craft. This confidence allows him to strut out the unabashedly cheesy "Be Faithful" which he delivers with enough authenticity to make it a winner and one of the best tracks on the album. Authentic soul is abundant throughout with great performances like "It's Not That Easy" and "Someone Should Tell You". As the album title indicates, Lemar waxes on about the ups and downs about love for which he is an eloquent messenger. It only gets a little too cheesy for me on "Tick Tock". The very best track is the devastatingly beautiful "Caroline" where with just a piano and strings accompaniment he proves he has one of the best soulful voices in music today. The album also features a duet with Joss Stone.
Go on and discover Lemar today, you will be glad you did!
More 2006 Albums:
Christina Aguilera "Back to Basics"
Produced by DJ Premier, Linda Perry and others
I'm a big fan of Christina Aguilera's big voice which I put up there with the likes of Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston (when she was on top of her game). If Aguilera keeps developing on this trajectory, she may be the greatest in my lifetime. She truly wears her heart on her sleeve putting raw emotion out there and holding nothing back. It works delightfully on "Oh Mother" and "Hurt" although songs like "Candyman" may make you cringe.
Studdard "The Return"
The "Velvet Teddy Bear" is back with his finest album to date. Of course there's no doubt that Ruben can sing and he does a good job of picking great collaborators to make this an album full of winners. My favorites include "Change Me" and "Our Story".
Produced by Brian McKnight
I recently had the pleasure of watching Brian McKnight perform live in concert. I was blown away by how incredibly good his voice is. If there was such a thing as steroids for singers, I swear he must be on them! McKnight's big hit making days are probably behind him but he still has plenty of great music in him. My favorite tracks include "What's My Name" and the patriotic anthem "Red, White, and Blue" (performed with Rascal Flatts).