This is a return to the wonderful days of Soul in the late 50s through the 70s. Back to the music that brings back memories of Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke, and Etta James; music that spoke of hard or uneasy relationships of all kinds; music that was sung from the heart because it was true and came from within, from the soul, hence the name. This is music where the songwriter and or the singer had lived the tales that were sung and the pain was palpable and real, not something imagined for the sake of a song, voices that could soar up into the stratosphere and carry the listener with it, transporting him/her into the story.
Jesse Dee doesn't have a voice that sounds like Sam Cooke, or Wilson Pickett, or Jackie Wilson but what he does have is the honesty of his singing of his truth. It is a voice that doesn't have the bottom of Solomon Burke, but who does, yet his voice can invade the clouds as it swoops and soars with his stories, and he sells them to us and takes us along in the songs because they are his songs and from his heart. The music is tight and very danceable. This man is a talented young artist who I am looking to hearing more of. He wrote nine of the eleven tunes and on those two he wrote them with a co-writer. This is just his second disc and the first one with a major label, definitely someone to keep an eye on.
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