Published Jun 01, 2014The Intentions' self-titled debut album is a genuine soul record, a collection of Motown-inspired songs that deal with the foundational themes of soul music. Their compositions of love, independence, separation and heartbreak, all told from the female perspective, are applicable to all forms of human experience.
The Intentions is distinctive in the interesting way that the spotlight does not shine solely on the singers. The Supremes-like, three female vocalist formation is superbly harmonized and complements an electrifying band. Each member of the group contributes to the arrangement with effective precision and purpose. Songs like "What You Say Is What You Want" and "Don't Need Your Love" are examples of consolidated coolness, with brass, percussion, bass and guitar creating diverse sounds with a symphonic result, while changes in tempo, tone and theme keep the album from ever being flat.
The success of this offering lays in the band's commitment to style and content. The yearlong effort to structure this record is evident in its adherence to the live energy of their music and performances, and hints at the exciting future of a seemingly bygone era. (Independent)