Kenny Lattimore is an individual that, while not gaining the same commercial success of some of eir colleagues, has cultivated a rapid fan base over the last twenty years. â€œTimelessâ€ is the disc that is poised to bring Lattimoreâ€™s soul-filled stylings into the mainstream, something that is first provided to listeners during the discâ€™s introductory track, â€œSomethingâ€. Of course, tracks like â€œAnd I Love Herâ€ (The Beatles), â€œAinâ€™t No Wayâ€ (Aretha Franklin), and â€œUndeniablyâ€ (Terence Trent Dâ€™Arby) are easy to know as covers, but some tracks are out of left field â€“ Donny Hathawayâ€™s â€œGiving Upâ€ and Norman Connorsâ€™ â€œYou Are My Starshipâ€ â€“ are two examples.
The slow arrangements that are present during â€œSomethingâ€ allow the trills and nuances of Lattimoreâ€™s voice to shine through as clear as day, as well to keep the momentum high when listeners transition over to the discâ€™s second track, â€œEverybody Here Wants Youâ€. The funky, deliberate groove of â€œEverybody Here Wants Youâ€ provides the perfect slow jam for anyone that may be looking to get into a proper mood, something that is further cultivated during â€œYou Are My Starshipâ€. â€œYou Are My Starshipâ€ really stands as a good example of what individuals will associate for the entirety of the disc: while the instrumentation here is solid, it does not overwhelm Lattimoreâ€™s smooth vocals in the slightest. Later tracks on â€œTimelessâ€ are just as solid as â€œSomethingâ€, too: â€œThatâ€™s The Way Love Isâ€ comes forth with an energetic Lattimore, giving listeners an uptempo track that has the aforementioned vocals pulling double duty: more than just telling a story with eir lyrics, Lattimoreâ€™s vocals take on an instrumental style, furthering the cohesion of the track.
While individuals may not have heard of Lattimore up to this point, Lattimore throughout each of the 11 tracks on â€œTimelessâ€ shows that any fan of smooth, jazz and funk-infused music should pick up eir discography. There are no weak points during the track, making for a cohesive album that is purely Lattimore, even when one considers that these tracks were originally recorded by other individuals. With eir marriage to fellow R&B star Chante Moore going strong and â€œTimelessâ€ being yet another jewel in eir crown, Lattimore is poised to go into the â€˜tens as one of the best R&B stars currently releasing music. Make it a point to pick up â€œTimelessâ€ and see exactly why that is.
Top Tracks: Giving Up, And I Love Her
Kenny Lattimore â€“ Timeless / 2008 The Verve Music Group / 11 Tracks / http://www.kennylattimore.com / http://www.vervemusicgroup.com /