August 1st, 2011
Artist: Kelly Price
Formats: CD, MP3
Label: My Block
Release date: May 3, 2011
It has been awhile since we’ve had the pleasure of hearing one of R&B’s strongest voices; almost a decade to be exact. Fortunately, powerhouse vocalist Kelly Price has now returned with her self-titled LP. While R&B experiences its nadir period, Kelly is a reminder of the soul music that is still very much intact.
The twelve-track album delves into love, self-love and the relationships that affect both. The album is a mix of up-tempo and mid-tempo tracks and well-written ballads. The first track and single is the grand “Tired,” an all-out war cry for a woman who is fed up with the facades in life. Price’s presence in this song alone shades 95% of what the radio is parading today. Next she effortlessly takes us back to the early ‘80s with the party-starting, self-motivating “And You Don’t Stop,” which shines with a disco flow.
The second single features 1990’s vet Stokley (Mint Condition) and Kelly trading views on their relationship in “Not My Daddy.” On “Himaholic” Price laments about her dependency to a man, while “I’m Sorry” is a remorseful letter of apology for loving someone over one’s self.
The album closes with one of the best tracks, the old soul swan song “Get Right or Get Left.” Kelly expunges her church upbringing in this masterful goodbye to an unworthy companion.
Kelly is a beacon of light in the dark daze of rhythm & blues. Not confused about what it is, or what it isn’t, the album delivers strong, pure R&B.
Reviewed by Lorin Williams
Review Genre(s): Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk