Good Things - Aloe Blacc
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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the California-born singer E. Nathaniel Dawkins goes for retro R&B and soul style.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Dec 21, 2010
    91
    Blacc's charismatic blend of gravitas and ease is what humanizes and vivifies Shine Through's ageless appeal.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  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. The production from song to song remains strong, but many of the tracks tend to blur together on repeated listens.
  7. 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.

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  1. Mar 3, 2011
    9
    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. Collapse