Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My World Is Empty Without You

Along with Sharon Jones, Lee Fields plans on schooling those girls across the pond with a little neo-soul of his own. He started out as a James Brown sound-alike (earning him the nickname “Little JB”) in 1979, releasing a steady stream of unheralded soul and funk singles to a rabid but obscure regional North Carolina scene, but now Fields is back with a new album called My World. It's a slow burning mix of Southern-fried soul, syrupy-sweet '70s strings, and deep, hip-hop inspired rhythms courtesy of his backing band, the Expressions (featuring members of Sharon Jones' Dap Kings, no less). Fields' rough voice alternately pleads and croons over the various lovesick ballads, while the Expressions show their chops on several cinematic instrumentals peppered in the tracklist. He deftly demonstrates how to make a proper neo-soul album: a healthy mix of classic soul and modern sounds for a world completely his own. Below are two cuts from the record: the fluttering, funky, and beautiful "Love Comes And Goes" and the dark exasperation of "Money I$ King." Dig it.

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