- Summary: The debut album from 22-year-old Bilal Oliver features production work from Raphael Saadiq, Dr. Dre, Mike City and James Poyser. The first single is "Soul Sista," which originally appeared on the Love and Basketbal soundtrack.
- Record Label: Interscope
- Genre(s): Pop, R&B, Urban
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Positive: 9 out of 9
Mixed: 0 out of 9
Negative: 0 out of 9
While Bilal's vocal gymnastics -- high-arching notes, off-rhythm choruses and complex harmonies -- add texture to these songs, many of them sound too musically similar to everything else in the neo-soul movement. He's at his best on the tracks that he or his partner, Dahoud Darien, have produced themselves.
The overreaching inevitably hurts the disc's consistency in spots, but it's easy to admire Bilal's ambition, and when it works, it works well. He can't quite do it all, but he does what he can as well as anyone out there, making 1st Born Second sound like the first highlight in a compelling career.
Positive: 5 out of 5
Mixed: 0 out of 5
Negative: 0 out of 5
[Anonymous]May 26, 2005This is one of the best albums of all time. Sometimes, For You, and Love Poems.. are a few of my favorites. I have been listening to this album for years. Each time thatI hear it, I fall in love with it all over again. I cannot wait until his next project is released.… Expand
hab76richNov 11, 2001buy this album!
VamseeC.Dec 16, 2001Maybe he stretches himself, but his pipes can handle it. Check out his contribution to Guru's Jazzmatazz.
SuneRApr 22, 2003Really good... he has a fantastic voice.
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