Badu, others add soul to compilation album
Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul Searching
**** (out of five stars)
By Maurice Bobb
Daily Cougar Staff
The time has come for the compilation album to up the ante for album
Lately, artists have fallen victim to the race to drop an album in accordance
with a hot single, offering sets loaded with filler rather than substance.
Enter Heineken's new compilation, Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul
Searching, which takes advantage of the alternative artists that have
changed the musical landscape of late with their thoughtful lyrics and
Artists like The Roots and Amel Larrieux make an appearance on the gem
"Glitches," which cautions that you must be comfortable with the skin you're
Erykah Badu's sexy ode "Today" adds a little jazz club feel with the
strong bass play fueling her bluesy voice.
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Nelly Furtado is just one of the many talented artists
on the compilation album, Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul Searching.
Also appearing on the disc are Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and The Roots.
Jill Scott's breakout single "Long Walk" is remixed here by A Touch
of Jazz's Jazzy Jeff.
Other notable tracks include Macy Gray's "We Got Enough" and Damien
Marley's "Still Searching," which give the album the kind of depth and
range that will set a precedent with all compilations in the future.
Newcomers India Arie and Nelly Furtado drop by to offer their very eclectic
voices on "Butter Fly" and "Legend" respectively.
Spanish Fly's memorable track, "Don't Stop," utilizes the handclap in
the background creating an undeniable head-nodder that will garner this
funky new artist much buzz in the future.
Overall, this is an amazing set full of funky grooves that will establish
Red Star Sounds' volumes as a must-cop.
Without a doubt, Red Star found the soul it was searching for and neatly
packaged it into 14 blazing tracks. So kick back, relax and let the music
do the rest.