Sunny One Day
Albright is the duo of Harlem-born singer Vivian Sessoms and Bronx-bred multi-instrumentalist/engineer Chris Parks (the name Albright is a nod to Sessoms' grandmother's maiden name). For the past decade, they have made attention-grabbing music in everything from commercials and video games to three standout songs from Lalah Hathaway's Outrun the Sky. Finally bowing as artists in their own right, the team took their sweet time to craft a profoundly impressive debut, crafting a project so polished yet effortless sounding it's as if it bonds to your DNA and defies you to stop playing it. Sessoms' voice is a malleable wonder that rhapsodically floats from ageless soul shouts to intuitive jazz phrasing to spontaneous pop pep. And though they've served up a generous and usually prohibitive 14 songs, you can't believe that each succeeding one is as good, or better, than the one before. Truly an album project in all-around quality, cohesion, confession and conscience, Sunny One Day renders picking singles pointless, though I'm partial to 'It's Alright,' 'He Who Knows,' 'Ghettoland,' 'Luv U' and 'Heroin.' 'What a mind-blowing surprise - Albright's Sunny One Day is the most unexpected out-of-left-field slice of lyrical, musical and aural perfection since Ayo's Strange Flower and a qualifier for Best of 2007.' A. Scott Galloway.