Okay, so I’m back, though it took a while. The format looks different, as a bit of a style change, and as a way to be sure I can review more often with more focus on just two or three albums at a time. So look for new installments of “In My Headphones” every other week or so!
But enough of my bullshit, here’s what I know you all want to see.
Tru Sol is Jerry Richard and Jose Madrigal, an r&b; duo who I expect to hear a lot from in the future. They’ve got firm control on their craft, putting out tracks that have both commercial appeal and catchy hooks that will please your ear time and again. Their debut release is worth repeated listens despite a few tracks that aren’t stellar.
Among my favorites are the title track, “This Feeling”, which snags you with well produced hooks and stunning harmony vocals, and “You’re A Little Too Late”, which opens with a totally amazing guitar groove that serves as a backdrop for vocals that literally drip with pop soul goodness. There are other radio ready gems on this CD, including “Babygirl”, which serves us well as an r&b; track, but which would also be successful if turned into a boy band song. And then there’s “Lies”, which is a different version than what I previously reviewed here on GOM. It’s not as good a version as the other in my opinion, but it still would serve well as a pop radio release.
Songs that don’t succeed as well, however, pepper this CD, and make this less cohesive as an album. For some reason, songs like “Head Games”, which dosen’t have much overall substance, and “What You Just Lost”, which just takes a bit too long to hook you, tend to hold up the album. Still, there’s nothing on this CD that is truly undesirable. It’s all really a matter of taste. Either way, any shortcomings are erased by the totally awesome closing track “Tonight, We’re Driving”, which has acoustic guitar and an excellent solo electric guitar in places. It also showcases the Tru Sol vocals, which are Jerry Richard’s bread and butter.
Overall, this is a well done first release, an enjoyable listen, something worth adding to your collection. Best of all, it allows Tru Sol room to grow from this point. I give it my seal of approval.
“The Interplanitary Superheroes of Funk”
Are you ready to mix old school funk with the new school of hip hop culture? Are you ready for some of the best damned funkalicious grooves you’ve ever heard? Most important, are you down with your bad self? If you answered yes to all these questions, you’re ready for Urban Funk Ordinance. If not, you need to listen anyway, so as to improve your phunk quotient.
From the soul filled goodness of “Runaway (Superfly)”, which reminds me of all the best the seventies had to offer, to “Funkmeister”, which is so down and dirty it would fit right into an NBA Live soundtrack, this CD is everything you need for a good time. It’s party music to the extreme, and if you don’t have a party planned, put this CD in your stereo and strut. After fifty five minutes of Urban Funk Ordinance, your life will be right back on track.
This is a well produced CD, definitely radio ready, if the radio were playing kick ass funky stuff like this anymore, that is . . . so what more do I need to say? You need this album like you need food and shelter. If you don’t listen to Urban Funk Ordinance, you’ll never know what could have been. And it could have been good, baby.