Greg Blackman – The Price of Love – Review

6 09 2010

Greg Blackman’s The Price of Love is one of the most refreshing soul albums of 2010. The self-styled funkiest white boy you shall ever see has seemingly come out of nowhere to deliver a strong set of homespun soul equal to any 2010 debut. Greg’s sound is unlike that of any other soul artist currently releasing records. It’s a funky amalgam of Timmy Thomas, Stevie, Marvin, Curtis, Prince and Bobby Womack, all delivered with lashings of originality, personality, humour and SOUL.

There’s no doubt that Greg is well schooled in the soul classics, but he’s brought something fresh to the table rather than merely emulating his heroes. His organ and synth fuelled tracks provide a warm analog styled soundscape that feels more authentic than the output of any of those supermarket retro soul stars peddled by the major labels. Live instrumentation, comforting, lo-fi production and heartfelt vocals all combine on The Price of Love to create one of the best British soul albums of the past ten years.
Have a listen to the sublime Tell You Something.

The album kicks off with the glorious Marvin circa Trouble Man groove of recent SoulCut of the Week, The Price of Love and never lets go until the organ-fuelled Northern Soul stomper, The Life I Live brings the thirteen track album to a joyous, funky close. In between these jams, you’ll find squelchy, early Prince-fuelled funk (the playful Funky Feelin), captivating instrumentals (the relaxed jazzy vibes of Smoke), Higher Ground inspired jams (Leave This City), deep rare grooves (the sensual Tell You Something – a track that Leon Ware would be proud of) and genre-bending cuts like the 1970s kids TV music meets Bobby Womack vibe of My, My, My.

Have a listen to the awesome My, My, My.

Some may accuse me of hyperbole, but I can’t apologise for my effusive take on The Price of Love. It’s a hugely entertaining soul album that will undoubtedly be in my top 5 come the SoulCuts 2010 review. If this album were on a trendy label like Stones Throw, the critics would be all over Greg like flies on poop.

The Price of Love is a deeply original collection of tracks that’ll be revered in years to come. Come on soul people, let’s show our support to one of the most original new voices on the scene and get over to iTunes and purchase. Pure soulful quality!
BONUS!Take a listen to the early Prince vibe of Funky Feelin




2 responses

9 11 2010

oh GREAT stuff ;0)

17 12 2010
You Can’t Escape From Greg Blackman’s Haunting New Cut – Free Download! « SoulCuts

[…] Blackman delivered one of the finest debut albums for many a year with the joyous Price of Love (check our review and soundclips). Never one to rest on his ample laurels, Mr Blackman will be releasing his new EP The January […]

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