are some respected music journalists who feel that perhaps George is
too old to do an album that pays more homage to the neo-soul
movement rather than his first love - jazz. They miss the
Benson has always crossed musical boundaries and taken heavy
criticism from his contemporaries for doing so. Not the safe route
for George and with his huge talent for singing,songwriting and not
forgetting that trusty guitar who can blame him. The man is NEVER
predictable and whilst this album should find him new fans it will
probably also alienate an equal number of others whose perception
and narrow mindedness affect their judgement.
of no doubt, this is a full-on contemporary urban R&B album that
is undermarked by some signature guitar playing of note. For what it
is worth I think that George had a spiritual message that he wanted
to state following some of the tragedy that has been evident in his
the uplifting 'cell phone ' an infectious duet with Andrea Simmons
that despite it's grooves speaks deeply about death and grieving. It
should also provide George with another huge hit when released as a
legends of music continually evolve and this current transformation
of Benson into contemporary RnB is merely a very welcome excursion
along the route. Overall a brave album which both moves and grooves
in equal measures professionally produced to very high standards.
Open your mind and explore.