Sometimes you just get a certainly feeling when looking at an artist’s cover art, website and then listening to their music. In the case of Nick Black I was thinking class. The guy knows how to dress. Look at the perfectly matched attire he has on his cover art. Not only that but on his website he is adjusting his tie in one picture and in another sitting on a couch and looking at you like you’re in for a passionate evening. Snazzy.
His music reciprocates his image on his latest album entitled Deep Blue. It’s crisp, clean and refined. Stylistically he mixes pop, R&B and soul in a stew of sounds that are as attractive as his long locks.
He opens the album with the warm and inviting “Ocean” which contains clean piano, horns, string, drums and more which support his vocals. It’s a solid opener with a good amount of energy. Up next is “Grownups” which is super slick and funky sounding. The horns were extra warm to my ears.
My favorite song was “D.I.Y.” This was the number that would make ladies swoon. You can practically feel the sensual oils dripping down your back. The instrumentation is lounge-y and serene. As the album progresses there is an eclectic batch of songs including the upbeat and jovial “Let’s Be Glad” and the slightly bluesy “Reason To Stay.”
Black’s music was easy to enjoy. You don’t have to dig too deep to enjoy his music. There are some great melodies; he’s a good singer and is pretty diverse in terms of style. The next time I have that special someone over for a romantic evening I think Deep Blue will be a serious contender for being played in the background all evening.
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