Lift Your Spirit - Aloe Blacc
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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the retro-soul singer features production from DJ Khalil, Theron Feemster, Rock Mafia, and Pharrell Williams.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Blacc proves he’s more than capable of stepping into the spotlight for his first major-label album which features 60s soul, folk, retro pop, R’n’B and even country.
  2. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    A major label debut filled with the sound of his smoky baritone voice, front and center.
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Five tracks from the album were released as the Wake Me Up EP late in 2013, but on an album packed with possible alternative hits, the future is already his. [May 2014, p.107]
  4. Mar 11, 2014
    60
    Highlights like the boisterous "Can You Do This" and an EDM-free mix of "Wake Me Up" (just in case anyone forgot he's that guy) are plenty radio-friendly, but the songs never quite add up to a cohesive album.
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    It's less effective on the bland troubadour pop of Here Today and The Man, which samples Elton John's Your Song and is already a US Top 5 hit. [May 2014, p.92]
  6. 60
    Aloe Blacc's major-label debut does what it promises: it lifts your spirit.
  7. Mar 31, 2014
    40
    There’s good songwriting in places, but with the artist’s idiosyncrasies effectively airbrushed out by a bloated production, the result is a dull, vapid collection of songs desperate to please.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    Lift Your Spirit is rather formulaic from that standpoint--it's a fun EP and is a must-buy.

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  2. Apr 8, 2014
    0
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