Well, yes and no. The axe-shredding on the rough and tumble funk rocker "Out of My League" is an ideal counterpoint to David's buttery baritone, resulting in a slice of gritty and soulful finesse. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the mediocre Afrobeat/EDM hybrid "I Don't Mind," which aims for club transcendence but comes off as overly calculated and will have longtime fans longing for the Anthony David of old, the one that drew comparisons to the late Terry Callier.
Luckily, he's still here. When David widens his sonic scope on cuts like the atmospheric "Beautiful Problem," the acoustic glow of "Amber" and the streetwise and cinematic, Curtis Mayfield-indebted "Ride On," The Powerful Now truly shines. (Shanachie)