Ernie Smith - Lovely
Smith 's newest album "Lovely Things" released on Sheer
Sound shows up the increasing growing together of the music-market
worldwide. In opposite to his earlier album Ernie has changed his
music-style to R&B music. He has developed a style of
playing and singing that is an assimilation of Jazz, African and
R&B references. Inspired by George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Larry
Carlton and Bebe Winans his new models are to search in the
contemporary R&B genre. Ernie's debut album, "Child of the
Light" was produced by himself and Jasper Williams in
November 2001. His new one is from 2002 and is prepared for the US
The album starts with the title
song Lovely Things, a smooth melodious
love ballade. The tune is featuring a rap by the singer Mapaputsi.
Besides his warm vocals Ernie's skills are also to find in his guitar
playing which has more space than in comparable R&B compositions.
Imagine George Benson would be 30 years younger.
awesome love ballade is Love Don't Hurt Me Again.
go to Swazi Dlamini, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Leaveil Eaton, Verdine Eaton,
Jenean Price, Tebogo Moloto, Azaad Gilbert and Neville Diedericks, the
fantastic backing vocals. Ernie adds acoustic guitar sprinkles.
the first instrumental Odette's Song
Ernie reveals his affinity to guitar music.
Kind Of Love
Ernie perfects the combination of R&B and contemporary
jazz. Cool guitar riffs combined with a hooking song line are the
highlights of this album.
Do You know, a similarity to
modern R&B groups as Kloud 9
is obviously and deliberate.
Do you remember Kool & the Gang? Get Down
On It was one of their greatest hits. Originally formed as a
jazz group in the '60s they achieved their awards with popular funk
music. This song is from their album "Something
Special" (1981). Ernie's cover version is more funky than
the original and can be understand as an interpretation.
Further ballads are Always Love You
and In A Little While comparable
to Do You know.
Fresh wind brings the uptempo You're
The Only One For Me. I like the
combination of Ernie's guitar and Robbie Jansen's flute. Ernie should
play more instrumental music. This is his domain and strength.
But Ernie prefers Enrique Iglesias'style. So
with Let You Go
we listen to another love song.
With You're My
Friend and Crazy
his final hooking ballads. He melts the
authentic South African choir with R&B and guitar music to a
special Ernie Smith style. Let's see if this receipt is successful.