All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blaccs sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening I Need a Dollar -- which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem -- the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed (Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way) in a manner thats far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on Hey Brother. An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Undergrounds Femme Fatale, which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests hes been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blaccs delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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