In My Songs

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In My Songs

Gerald Levert died tragically at the age of 40 just before Christmas 2006. In My Songs represents his last work, a 12-track follow-up to Do I Speak For The World on Atlantic. The prolific Levert has released numerous solo records and almost as many with his trio, LeVert. He's produced for such soul luminaries as Teddy Pendergrass and Barry White. The son of O'Jays lead singer, Eddie Levert, Gerald Levert was the closest thing American soul music has to royalty. His lustrous voice, classic good taste and emotional delivery will be missed.

In My Songs' title track opens the CD with a dedication from Eddie Levert. The tune is a slow groove. The lyrics are a plea for love. Levert's voice is mature and stylish, and he can deliver a lyric. Gerald Levert is a breathtaking singer, with significant technical gifts. He has an enviable range and flexibility that he uses to considerable emotional effect. As you listen to him, you can't help but feel that with stronger material: say Ashford and Simpson writing for him, he would have become a huge crossover star.

The coolest groove opens "Wanna Get Up With You." The electric piano and little cowbell thing are clever, and Levert just wails over the string pad. While the songs aren't the record's greatest strength, the production and arrangements are full of wit and style. These guys know how to make a record, and this is very sophisticated soul, with plenty of seventies strings to flesh it out. "Fall Back" could be a Curtis Mayfield tune. The guitar effect is masterful. Again, Levert scats and moans (all beautifully in tune). You'll kick back with this on the changer and just let it groove. These aren't memorable tracks, it's just very cool soul.

Gerald Levert can really roll on a twelve-eight drag. The metronomic high-hat gives him all the rhythmic room his style requires. "I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world" is a particularly poignant lyric considering the circumstances. They called Levert the "Teddy Bear" and songs like "Sweeter" ("Tomorrow I'm gonna be sweeter than I am today") would be too trite in less skillful hands. What comes through in this collection is that Levert was no player. His lyrics are painfully personal and loving. He's not a bad boy, he's a family guy and an honest singer. He followed in his dad's footsteps and went into the family business: he's all about family and community.

It seems corny to write about a record like this in these terms. Levert's untimely death changed the dynamic of this project, and will give anybody who hears it different ears. The testimonials that make up the linear notes are a credit to a good guy. Gerald Levert, straight shooter, amazing voice, Soul royalty-R.I.P.

By Dave Morgan

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Record Label: ATLANTIC
Performer: Gerald LeVert
Release Date: 02/13/2007
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1. In My Songs
2. I Don't Get Down Like That
3. DJ Don't
4. Wanna Get Up With You
5. Fall Back
6. Deep As It Goes
7. Hang In There
8. Sweater
9. What Cha Think About That
10. To My Head
11. M'Lady
12. Is This The Way To Heaven?
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A Tribute to A Great Star Mr. Levert
9/10/2007

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5.0 stars 9/10/2007 by lovesmusic23
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In My Songs, a great tribute to a man who soared in the music business. As a final farewell to all of us who loved his music truly a great gift.

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