Title - 'Absoulutely'
Artist - Cornell
Cornell “CC” Carter has been gracing stages and entertaining fans with his signature sound around the world for many years.
Indeed, he has shared the stage with such legends as James Brown, Ray Charles and The Temptations, and has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin).
However, it is during the past few years that he has really made a name for himself, breaking out as a top tier solo artist and winning more fans for his personal brand of melodic, soulful music.
"CC" describes his brand new album, Absoulutely as an album full of “songs that came through my Soul and out of my Heart”, and having listened to it twice through now, I can honestly say that it is also his most rounded, and indeed his most soulful to date.
Including two classic cover tracks delivered in "CC"s signature soulful style - 'We’re A Winner' by Curtis Mayfield, and 'Come Live With Me Angel' by Marvin Gaye - "CC" and his main Producer Kirk Crumpler also received tremendous contributions from other talented musicians.
These included his Mentor and Grammy winning Producer Narada Michael Walden, Eddie M (Sheila E) on saxophone, Rich Armstrong (Tony Toni Tone, etc.) on trumpet, Brian Braziel on drums, James Henry on percussion, Dave Shul and Larry White (Bobby Brown) on guitar, along with Cam Perridge (who also was the albums engineer).
1. 'Say Yes'
2. 'I See Love'
3. 'Earn It'
4. 'Come Live With Me Angel'
5. 'I Could Never'
6. 'Ever Since' (featuring Eddie M.)
7. 'Love Thang'
8. 'Morning Touch' (featuring Naté Soulsanger)
10. 'We're A Winner'
The album kicks off with the super soulful R&B bounce of 'Say Yes,' which he backs up seamlessly with both the soaring mid-tempo beauty 'I See Love' and the slow funk ballad 'Earn It.'
'Come Live With Me Angel,' complete with a lush horn section is up next and is backed by the upbeat dancefloor vibe of 'I Could Never', the laid back, sax-infused hipsway of 'Ever Since' (featuring Eddie M.), and then both the finger-snappin' 'Love Thang' and the smooth slide of 'Morning Touch' (featuring Naté Soulsanger).
This quite impressive new album then rounds out with one of the best tracks on the album, for my money, the pumped up, late '70s roller disco bounce of 'Ghosted' with the triumphant funky bass groove of 'We're A Winner' bringing the album to a close.
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