Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Dec 21, 2010
    Blacc's charismatic blend of gravitas and ease is what humanizes and vivifies Shine Through's ageless appeal.
  2. Mojo
    Blacc's wise-beyond-his-years tenor, sounding eerily alike a young Bill Withers, perfectly fits I Need A Dollar's dignified mourn. Elsewhere, he skillfully evades mawkishness or trite sentiment on the moving Momma Hold My Hand. [Sep 2010, p.106]
  3. 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.
  4. Good Things is sufficiently accomplished, in fact, to at least temporarily banish the clouds of financial doom and gloom to the horizon.
  5. Much of this album, with its gritty street-level reportage of booze-alleviated dereliction and crooked politicians, feel so perfect for right now.
  6. Having experienced life on both sides of the social divide, Blacc writes affectingly of the damage caused ("These families in the street with nothing to eat/ Little baby boys and girls, no shoes on their feet", he sings in Life So Hard), mixing conscious lyrics and avuncular warmth in a way that recalls Gil Scott-Heron....A real discovery.
  7. 80
    Modest protest songs, lack of money and painful love is the platform on Good Things. He deals with hardship in an uplifting manner and with smart lyrics.
  8. Q Magazine
    This follow-up goes one further [than his 2006 debut], pushing Dawkins to the forefront of modern soul voices, his delivery suggesting a less showy John Legend. [Nov 2010, p.105]
  9. The production from song to song remains strong, but many of the tracks tend to blur together on repeated listens.
  10. Aloe Blacc's Good Things is a mature, well-crafted, and distinctive take on the basic blueprint of the neo-soul sound, the quasi-revival movement that embraced classic soul and funk tropes that had been abandoned by much of the R&B establishment.
  11. Dec 23, 2010
    For those, like me, who previously dismissed Aloe Blacc, Good Things warrants our reconsideration. Blacc's changed his tune. We probably should, too
  12. This collection of songs have no problems with originality (redundancy isn't an issue) but it never escapes its aged disposition.
  13. As it stands, Good Things feels like hopping into a time machine, dialing it to 40 years ago, then forgetting to bring a stack of recent 12" singles with you to completely blow 1970's mind.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Mar 3, 2011
    Even though he's apparently been around for the past 4-5 years, I had not heard of Aloe Blacc...until I caught the theme to HBO's "How To MakeEven though he's apparently been around for the past 4-5 years, I had not heard of Aloe Blacc...until I caught the theme to HBO's "How To Make It In America". Being a fan of old 70's soul, I thought that "I Need A Dollar" was unearthed from some lost Bill Withers tapes circa 1972. It was stripped bare, burned with desperation, yet chugged along with so much simplicity....characteristics unheard of with today's R&B. Then I came across his soul cover of the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" and was blown away at how Blacc had grasped the essence of Philly soul and Gil-Scott Heron style protest anthems. Hey, today's tough economic times call for it, making these songs even more welcome. All of "Good Things" simmers with both a retro vibe and a fresh sound that is nearly unmatched. I am hoping that he continues to move in this same direction as he creates more of his own brand of modern soul. Full Review »