EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR WHISKEY BUSINESS - BUY YOURS TODAY!

Gerald Levert 

In My Songs (Atlantic)

698933.0.jpeg
He had millions of adoring fans, but our very own Gerald Levert was never truly appreciated. That's a sad thing to say about a singer who recently died at age 40, but Levert's final album is a profoundly sad document -- and not just because his heartbroken father, O'Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, provides the introduction. The man known simply as "G" didn't receive his musical due because he and collaborator Edwin Nicholas refused to chase urban music trends. Instead, they created a body of work short on flash, but filled with solid, classic-sounding R&B, with Le-vert's teddy-bear vocals seldom beyond earshot of the bedroom.

That streak continues on In My Songs, as understated as any Levert album (the occasional uptempo jam like "DJ Don't" notwithstanding) and equally satisfying. It's also bittersweet, since one of soul's finest modern love men finally reveals his secret loneliness. That Levert did so on one of his best-ever tunes -- the title track, in which he pines for "the love I sing about" -- should touch anyone who has a heart.

Speaking of CD Review

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series @ Happy Days Lodge

    • Wed., Sept. 26, Wed., Oct. 3, Sun., Oct. 14, Sun., Nov. 4, Sun., Nov. 11 and Fri., Nov. 16
  • Bartók and Prokofiev @ Severance Hall

    • Thu., Sept. 27
  • Tony Rock @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Sept. 27

© 2018 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation