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Album: Good Things
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Need a Dollar
2)    Green Lights
3)    Hey Brother
4)    Miss Fortune
5)    Life So Hard
6)    Take Me Back
7)    Femme Fatale
8)    Loving You is Killing Me
9)    Good Things
10)    You Make Me Smile
11)    If I
12)    Mama Hold My Hand
13)    Politician
 

Album: Good Things
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Need a Dollar
2)    Green Lights
3)    Hey Brother
4)    Miss Fortune
5)    Life So Hard
6)    Take Me Back
7)    Femme Fatale
8)    Loving You is Killing Me
9)    Good Things
10)    You Make Me Smile
11)    If I
12)    Mama Hold My Hand
13)    Politician
 
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  • All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc's sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening "I Need a Dollar" -- which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem -- the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed ("Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way") in a manner that's far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on "Hey Brother." An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale," which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests he's been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blacc's delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Most striking of all is a bewitching cover of 'Femme Fatale,' recasting the Velvets' dark ballad as a slow-burning deep soul torch song par excellence."

Pitchfork (Website) - "GOOD THINGS is well-constructed and boasts some inspired touches..."
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