Mello Mello â€“ An Abstract Love Story / 2007 Mello-Soul / 16 Tracks / http://www.mello-soul.com /
Mello Mello have a pretty good description of their general sound in their actâ€™s name. What results from tracks like their eponymous opening track is something that resembles Jodeci, Tony Toni Tone, or even Boyz II Men. â€œTha Best Thing 4 U Iz Meâ€ has a much more current type of sound, and this R&B meets rap flow could easily be on an Usher, UGK, or Outkast album, despite each influence representing a different part of the track.
The vocals vacillate between a smooth, Usher-like sound and a more intelligent and complex Outkast sound, while the funk meets current rap sound of the backing beat approaches that of a UGK. What Iâ€™m trying to say here is that, regardless of the rap or R&B style that a listener might like, that there is something present during â€œAn Abstract Love Storyâ€ that everyone can like. The interludes (skits during rap albums) actually fit into the larger context of the album. This is a marked departure from the bulk of rap and R&B albums, as skits on those albums usually detract from what may be a solid album. When Mello Mello create an interlude, as is the case with â€œSheâ€™s My Addictionâ€, the act goes forth and weaves in common threads from earlier songs and keeps all the momentum and energy going that were present on the earlier tracks.
â€œAll I Want Is Youâ€ is a track that is interesting in that the vocals conform to the slower R&B style, while the piano/synthesizer present on the track marches to another drummer. This â€œmarchingâ€ is marked by challenging tempo and time signature changes, which have the effect of changing what was already solid into being extraordinary. While there is not much in the way of a direct jazz influence during â€œAn Abstract Love Storyâ€, Mello Mello show that they love the different structures that jazz used, making their own efforts into something that are fulfilling in ways that typical R&B never could aspire to. Mello Mello, if given the correct push, will be the future of R&B music. All they need now is a few intrepid radio stations to give them play, and the fans will stream in fast and furious. The music on here is solid, catchy, and impressive enough to ensure them a long career. Check out Mello Melloâ€™s website for snippets from the album; they are the future of R&B, and they want you to check them out.
Top Tracks: Sheâ€™s My Addiction, Angel