Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
8. Aloe Blacc Good Things (Stones Throw)
Aloe Blacc's 2006 cover of Sam Cooke's '64 classic "A Change Is Gonna Come," was the first hint that this rapper-turned-singer had a full-length soul burner in him. His Great Recession anthem "I Need a Dollar" was the proof. Lush with backing arrangements of Truth & Soul's in-house production outfit and co-signed by Peanut Butter Wolf, Good Things is difficult social introspection buttered over smooth grooves. Less secular than John Legend's green lights, the ideas here are big as trumpet burps, and the glow burns like hope on a crummy day.
Luke Fox