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Cornell C. C. Carter

Vindicated Soul

Review by Gary Hill

If you find yourself longing for the classic soul music of the 1970s, you will probably feel at home here. It's obvious that Cornell CC Carter shares that feeling to a large degree. You can tell it in the dedications on the disc, but even more so you can feel it, and hear it, in the music. This is very much in keeping with the classic soul music era. If you dig that kind of stuff, you will like this. It's both classic and classy.

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Track by Track Review
Intro

This short (less than a minute and a half) piece is built on some definite old school soul sounds. Of course, it's dedicated to a number of the legends of that musical style, and they are called out by name here. This is classic sounding stuff.

All the Way Around
More killer old school soul is on the menu here. The cut feels like something that could have been released in the 1970s.
Watching You
Perhaps the keyboard sounds on this bring into a bit more modern place. That said, this is still something that feels like it would have fit into the 1970s. There is a funk, almost disco, sound to this number. I love the funk breakdown on this piece.
I Choose You

I dig this one a lot, too. It's another classic soul sounding tune. It loses that disco/funk element that we heard on the last one. This doesn't lose that 1970s vibe, though.

Next to You
There is a healthy helping of electronic fusion built into this one. It's a classy cut that brings back some of that funky thing. Still, it's a retro slab of cool. This might have the best vocal arrangement of the whole disc.
Where Do We Go (Boogie Back Remix)
Now, this cool cut makes me think of Marvin Gaye quite a bit. It has some definite funk and more modern elements built into it, too. This is one of my favorites on the whole disc, really. It's just so classy.
Brother's Gonna Work It Out
With a lot of funk, this has a much more modern sound. This feels closely tied to modern soul music. That said, it clearly has ties to the retro elements, too. While this is a fun cut, it's not up to the same level as the previous pieces.
Look What You've Done for Me

This is an energized soul number with both modern and classic sounds at its heart.

 
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