Bringing Back the Old School
Artist: James JR. CD: (downloadable EP) Making It To The Top Label: New Experience Recordings, 2010 Songs: Girl Like You (Feat. Kurtis Blow and Terry Troutman), Something On Your Mind, Let's Stay Together, Gigolos Get Lonely Too, Stay A While (Feat. Terry Troutman). This was an outstanding CD. Being more of a purist when it comes to R&B, I usually don't like the modern sound. But James shows that you can team classic soul with a more contemporary sound. Teaming with two superstars of R&B, he shows that it's not the style that matters-but rather-the talent that goes into the resulting music. He is very thorough when he steps up to the microphone. Every song is excellently performed and has radio playability. The CD, as a whole, is filled with well matched songs. Easy on the ears, quick to make you want to tap your toes, this is easily danceable. True to the originals, the covers are spectacular. James has a classic soulful voice which compliments each song, binds the whole CD together, and sets the tone for any project he will do in the future. He sings each song with a professional ease and technique that makes you believe that he has been in the business for decades beyond anyone else out there. He can only go one direction with this much talent and that is up.