For some reason I
consistently overlook Canada. It isn't for lack of good Canadian
musicians who have produced equally good music over the last several
years. Tamia, Esthero and Deborah Cox all hail from up north. Maybe it's because out of that group only Tamia has released an album of new material since 2005 or earlier. And with the exception of a recent house single, where exactly did Glenn Lewis go?
Anyway, when I received news of Canadian singer Divine Brown releasing her second studio album, The Love Chronicles,
today I was eager to listen the offerings of a different Canadian
voice. The album is premised on her love of soul music and each track
is inspired by a different era from the 1950s to now. Of all the the
incarnations of soul on the album, Brown's powerful voice seems most
comfortable on catchy disco homage "Boogie Slide," one of the strongest
tracks. Generally though, her vocal affects are way too contemporary to
evoke anything as nostalgic as some of the instrumentals and background
vocals suggest. Sharon Jones she is not, and I don't know if lead single "Lay It On The Line" would be better without the doo-wop posturing or not.
The video for "Lay It On The Line" is after the bounce. You decide if The Love Chronicles is worthwhile or if you should just wait for Deborah Cox to release her album later this year.