Lay It Down - Al Green
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  • Summary: Al Green's latest album includes guests John legend and Anthony Hamilton. It was also produced in part by Willie Mitchell and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
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  1. Everything on Lay it Down is gorgeous, memorable and absolutely stunning.
  2. True, Green spends more time supplicating than celebrating, and probably fabricated the whole scenario. But he knows his subject, and he doesn't need Jesus to lay it down.
  3. Featuring some of the Reverend's finest work in years, Green's latest is proof positive that as important as it is to show up, you still need to know how to lay it down.
  4. Now 62, the mighty reverend may not be able to make you spontaneously combust like yesteryear, but damn if he can't still get you in the mood with his third batch of love songs for Blue Note.
  5. Though it adds no innovation to the genre, Lay It Down's tried-and-true approach should appease longtime soul fans
  6. Green's voice remains lithe magic, and he's brought in such contemporary all-stars as Anthony Hamilton (on the album's two best tracks, "You've Got the Love I Need" and the slinky title song), John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae for help.
  7. Although Lay It Down is initially appealing because it has the super­ficial sound of Green’s classic Hi material, you soon discover that Green has nothing terribly deep to offer lyrically, and his vocals are locked on cruise control throughout.

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  1. mDunn
    Jun 27, 2008
    This is an amazing album that blows away all the current soul pretenders. Almost as good as his 70s masterpieces.
  2. CG.
    Jun 2, 2008
    Al Green definitely layed it down on this cd. I without a doubt love it! Who says it's impossible to make a comeback after years away from the business. He has once again proven himself with this one. Expand
  3. FelipeP.
    Jun 9, 2008
    Fantastic! He is amazing!
  4. LaLa
    May 28, 2008
    Absolutely superb - wonderful from start to finish, I have already listened to it 15 times. Such a lovely surprise.
  5. MycroftW.
    Jul 7, 2008
    His best since his comeback, that voice is still very much up to his 70s standards and who better than ?uestlove and James Poyser to update the Hi-records sound. Expand
  6. AaronB.
    May 30, 2008
    If you love Sharon Jones "100 Days 100 Nights" you'll like this. Aside from "No One Like You" and "I'm Wild About You" nothing jumps out. But it is wonderful background sound and it's amazing how good he sounds. Expand
  7. SteveO
    May 31, 2008
    This stuff is pure soul. African American culture should be listening to THIS and not 50 Cent.

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