As a fan of Soul Legend Donny Hathaway I was quite surprised when I found his daughters albums on amazon.com, I was surprised as I had never heard of her before and so I decided to check her music out and as she had a new album that had just been released I thought I would check that one out in particular.
She has released five albums in her career so far and she released her self titled debut album in 1990 aged 22 years old. She has worked with the likes of Take 6, Mary J. Blige, The Winans, and Marcus Miller and has also recorded an album with Joe Sample.
Lalah Hathaway's fifth album was released on 21st May 2008 and is produced by the likes of Rex Rideout, Kenneth Crouch, Paula Gallitano and Terrace Martin. The album also features contributions from Sandra St. Victor and also features backing vocals from underground soul singer Rahsaan Patterson.
This album fuses jazz and soul with modern hip hop and r&b beats to make a catchy album which contains some ballads aswell as the common uptempo catchier tracks that have a neo soul tinge to them. Lalah's musical style is Kind of like Jill Scott or Angie Stone. Here is the track listing.
1. "Let Go"
This is a catchy track to open the album with and has a kind of feel like Usher's track Truth Hurts which is featured on his Confessions album. This has a nice beat and some funky guitar licks and although it is not a great track it is by no means bad.
This is a laidback neo soul track that doesnt really show off her voice to great effect but is a nice enough laidback song. Certainly not a bad track but if you want to hear her voice at it's best there are better tracks to listen to than Breathe.
3. On Your Own
This is a really lovely ballad that sounds wonderful from the backing vocals to the laidback bass guitar and the keyboards. Probably one of the best tracks of her music career so far. A really great track.
4. For Always
This is a midtempo neo soul track which has a nice feel. This track is about always being there for your partner when they need you. A very nice track that has a nice laidback feel and it also sounds great.
5. That Was Then
This is a slow track which has elements of soul and also hip hop sounds. Not quite as instant as the best on here but don't let that put you off as this is a very good track which has a nice laidback feel.
6. Learning To Swim
A lovely stripped down ballad that has such a beautiful feel. Her voice is superbly expressive an is dripping with emotion which is how a soul singers voice should be. A really well done track that shows off her vocal talent.
7. "One Mile"
This ballad has a very nice feel and is one of her best songs. Her voice sounds very natural and almost effortless. A brilliant track that is a nice touch on an album of mainly more uptempo tracks with a couple of ballads put in for good measure.
8. "Little Girl"
This is a very nice ballad which has more than a Jill Scott flavour, Lalah's voice sounds expressive and clear and it works well alongside the backing of the music. One of the best tracks on the album and one of her best performances vocally.
9. "Naked Truth"
This is a funky neo soul track that sounds like it could have been touched by The Neptunes. This song works really well with the electronic sounds complimenting the vocals from both her and Rahsaan Patterson who sings on the track.
10. What Comes Around
This is an old school soul ballad with brilliant drumming and some nice keys and I just love the laidback feel of this great and her voice sounds so wonderfully natural and it's a shame she is not more known than she is because she certainly has talent if this is anything to go by.
This isnt a great track as it doesnt quite have the spark that the best of the album does, although not a bad track it isnt one of the albums best tracks as it is a bit stuck between the two styles.
12. Tragic Inevitability
Tragically this is the inevitable part as this is the final track on the album but this is a great way to end the album on. A very nice ballad which is again neo soul. It also has elements of Jazz throughout the song and this just adds to it's appeal.
Coming from legendary blood in being the daughter Donny Hathaway it may not suprise you that she has vocal talent too. Although she isnt as talented vocally and certainly doesnt have the power that her dad had she still can sing in a superb emotive voice which has a great tone to it aswell.
She copes with the ballads on the album brilliantly well and she also has the vocal range to cope with the less laidback tracks on the album. Overall she has a very good voice indeed and her voice is not the only thing that I have praise for as the next section will reveal.
Donny Hathaway was an incredible singer but my discovery of her daughter's music goes some way to getting over the loss of him. she is half the talent he was but even that is very talented indeed. A very fine album and I will have to look out for more from her.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Let Go
3 On Your Own
4 For Always
5 That Was Then
6 Learning to Swim
7 1 Mile
8 Little Girl
9 What Goes Around
10 Naked Truth
12 Tragic Inevitability