Title: All Love Everything
Artist: Aloe Blacc
Label: BMG Rights
Formats: CD, Digital
Release date: June 25, 2020
Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer, and activist Aloe Blacc has released his fifth and latest studio album, All Love Everything. Full of warm, nostalgic sounds, soulful vocals, and an inspiring chorus, Blacc delivers heartfelt, yet grounded, melodies that pull the listener into emotions of love, loss, and many of the in-betweens.
Opening the project is “Family,” an energetic track that uses sparse, dry production to provide feelings of intimacy and honesty, perfectly complementing the lyrical message of familial love and long-lasting connections. These themes recur throughout the album on songs like the titular “All Love Everything” and “Wherever You Go.”
There are several songs on the album, such as “Nothing Left But You” and “I Do,” that seem somewhat uninspired and unvaried, providing typical pop sounds with only semi-interesting production. Not that these tracks don’t sound great, because they do. The disappointment primarily stems from my love and appreciation for Blacc’s previous album, Lift Your Spirit (2014), and it feels like he has stepped away from many of the amazing things that he accomplished on that project.
All in all, I recommend that fans of pop and/or soul give All Love Everything a listen, as it is a solid project that provides lovely melodies and heartfelt messages, delivered with great vocals.
Reviewed by Jared Walker