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29 September, 2010@11:41 pm

From Adidas Originals:

You’ve heard him performing the theme song to HBO’s hit series “How to Make It in America” and now we introduce you to the man. They say patience is a virtue which is definitely the case for Aloe Blacc and a reason why his sophomore album is called ‘Good Things’ (just released, find it at iTunes or your local music retailer). It’s been four years since Aloe’s debut record (Shine Through) and what a world of difference it’s been from 2006 to 2010. The path from his 2006 debut to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That’s the Way Love Is and the What’s Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What’s Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible—yet normative and conformist—statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul and will immediately draw comparisons to the likes of Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers & Bobby Womack.

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