This is Douyé's second CD (her first, Journey, is reviewed here), and I'm sticking with my assessment of her as a mid-point between Sade and Randy Crawford who captures an evanescent Motown echo much more succinctly than others have. Once again she's teamed with Terry Shaddick (ex-Tranquility) to produce a sound that's gorgeous, lush, evocative, and sensuous, Golden Days a dreamy prime example. More, the two really know how to pick musicians—catch the Average White Band-y title cut for a great example—though a number of the cuts' credits are curiously indistinct. Beyond even that, Eric Marienthal and Rick Braun guest, and there's an interesting potpourri of co-arrangers and co-producers, such as Phillippe Saisse. A hell of a lot of work went into this release.
Douyé's music is just something you have to surrender to, as it sweeps the listener up in its rich textures and heavenly melodies, a feast for the senses, a collection of paeans to love and positivity carried enticingly by her ceaselessly melodious singing. Wake Up is an interesting expansion of that, a call for the human race to shed its dull everyday moribundity and start to live, a gentle clarion call for our rough times to just knock it off and become human again. So Much Love flows from one cut to the next like sparkling champagne, soft-footin' and gently be-bopping. On the other hand, Writing on the Wall starts venturing into Lonnis Liston Smith cosmic vales, leaving the travails of terra firma for the twinklng stars and far reaches beyond the fields we know. No matter where you plan on cutting in on this disc, though, you're going to find yourself transported out of the workaday realm and into better days and better ways.
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