Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit

You will recognize the voice as the man behind the Avicii hit “Wake Me Up” from last year and if you have a musical memory, the classic track “I Need a Dollar”. This is his solo debut on a big label and he continues on with plenty of radio friendly pop-soul tracks. The man has not met a hook he doesn’t like. On songs like “The Man” there are also interesting moments of acoustic undercurrents that are easy to appreciate. Another cool aspect of that particular track is the sampling of the Elton John song of the same title. On the album you also get an acoustic version of the hit “Wake Me Up” which gives fans a less EDM and more beautiful interpretation of the song. On all tracks he demonstrates what an advantageous instrument that voice of his is. His delivery reminds me a little of John Legend. Aloe Blacc is all over the radio in the UK so here’s to hoping that Lift Your Spirits will be his gateway into North America.

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