If you are a regular reader of my reviews, the chances are that you have come across a review or two of Musiq Soulchild. He is one of my favourite Neo Soul stars and his latest album is right up there with his best. Today I have decided to post the first review of his Luvanmusiq album. This album is the first since 2003's Soulstar. Luvanmusiq was released in 2007 and was followed up by onmyradio in 2008 to get back to the releasing albums after a four year break between Soulstar and Luvanmusiq.
More correctly known as "Loving Music" this album was released on 12th March 2007 and was strangely devoid of collaborations from someone who is well known for his collaborations with a back catalogue featuring songs featuring Mary J Blige, Damien Marley, C-Loo Green, Kindred the Family Soul and many more. There are no collaborations on the twelve tracks on the standard issue.
2 Ms Philadelphia
The track to get things started is "B.U.D.D.Y" which has a great up tempo flow with some great beats and some smooth backing vocals. Musiq's vocals are emotive and very flowing on this great cut to open the album with. Very catchy. Some of the music reminds me a little of an Al Green sound especially the opening.
Next up is the very good Ms.Philadelphia which opens softly and then the beat comes in. This track is a fusion between a hip hop beat and mellow keyboard tones. Very beautiful combination on this track. This track features Musiq singing about a girl he has just met and she tells him about her life and where she is from. A great track.
Track three is the ballad "Teach Me" which opens with soft piano and a taut beat. Musiq shows his tender side on this very personal ballad about being a better man and partner. As usual he is backed brilliantly by the backing vocalists. This is one of the best tracks on the album and shows exactly what his talents are.
"Betterman" is up next and this is a very funky fusion between up tempo and ballad, I love the old school piano alongside the funky beat and bass hooks. This follows on from the previous track about improving yourself for someone special. This is another very very good track indeed and one of his best on the album.
"Thequestions" is a really beautiful rare stripped down moment from Musiq Soulchild. It opens with a very nice piano part and then his voice comes in, it's just the piano and voice here and this is a blindingly good track. This showcases his vocal talent. He shows he has a Really beautiful tone and as the strings come in this track is complete. Brilliant.
"Today" is up next and is another gentle track, this however features a superb beat which works very well with the gentle D'Angelo like Keys. This track is about making a decision about love and wanting to be with someone. This is an absolutely superb track, This is one of the best tracks musically on the album.
"Makeyouhappy" follows and has one of the catchiest hooks on any of his songs. The full scale sound goes well with the flowing vocals from Musiq and the male backing vocalists. This is one of the best up tempo tracks on the album which features a great hook. A very good track indeed.
"Ridiculous" is up next and this is another flowing track with good instrumentation. This track is about a relationship that is so good "It's ridiculous" The track has a great flow and is a great advert for being in a great relationship.
"Millionaire" is up now and this is another catchy track with some great beats and loops. This track is about wanting to be with someone whether you have money or whether you don't just wanting to be with that special person in your life. This has a really beautiful sentiment and continues the great quality of this album.
"takeyouthere" has a more traditional neo soul sound than much of the album and has an interesting fusion between Prince and Maxwell. This is a really beautiful track about progressing in a relationship. This really showcases the beauty of his voice and also shows a great range to his voice as well. Brilliant stuff.
"Lullaby" is a gentle track with some nice sounds and a good beat. This ballad has a very nice flow and has a sound similar to The Delfonics who were also from Philadelphia, This is a really impressive track about treating your woman right and making her feel wonderful.
"Greatestlove" closes the album brilliantly with a very nice ballad. This track talks about when you are so happy in a relationship that you would consider it and the person you are with your greatest love. This is a really beautiful closer on this very good album indeed.
Listening to each Musiq Soulchild album is a strange experience as you debate whether the one you are listening to is the best Musiq album and then you listen to another one and still think the same. Every album he has released has something really special about it. There are some tracks on this album that are amongst the best of his career full stop. This is the fourth of his five albums to date and is yet another great album from him. He is one of the best Neo Soul stars around today.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Ms Philadelphia