Ledisi's new album is nothing short of 'The Truth'
Winter it the best time to release soul music, in my opinion. Something about hearing those vocals fills you like hot chocolate with extra marshmallows on a snowy day. The richness of the lyrics sits well with you. It makes you feel all gooey and warm on the inside. Even a little introspective as you think about how your year has wrapped up and all of the amazing and not so amazing things that have happened. You put together your plan for the new year which may include finding new love, losing weight, or what have you. Its yours. You feel it. The music invites you to a place and you escape there. That is your truth. That also is the truth that Ledisi decided to share with us. I've always been a fan of Ledisi. And when I say always, I'm talking back in the SoulSinger album days when her classically trained vocals would hit those jazz notes and I could feel it all up and through my body. Don't even get me started on my thoughts about Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue. Heck...that album got me through my second year at Howard. The way she just...and then she...*sigh* y'all know what I mean.
Here are some things that about Ledisi that will give you an idea of what this new album will show you: A) She is the truth. B) Refer to point A. If you have any questions, refer to her album history and then listen to her new album again to draw a new conclusion.
The idea of sharing yourself can be intimidating. Ledisi's decision to open the studio and create an intimate listening experience for The Truth was nothing short of genius. And while she didn't let those of us who attended hear the whole album, it was just enough to make you say, "How dare you be so open and honest and share and be dope and amazing at the same damn time!" (I didn't say it out loud but that is what I was thinking in my head. She knew it. She saw it in my face). The lead single, "I Blame You", is an ode to what happens when you get to a place of happiness and everyone can see it. You know how you can tell when someone enjoys their own music? They get up and start dancing and singing as if they are watching a live concert. Watching Ledisi enjoy her own single and discuss her process was immeasurable. Between other songs she shared like "Rock With You" and "Good Good", you get the sense that Ledisi is truly in a different place. The stand outs, since I feel like I almost have to pick, would be the title track, "The Truth", "Like This", and "Lose Control". Now...let me tell you something. You see this "Lose Control" track? If there aren't Fall babies that are birthed from this magnificence, you are doing it ALL wrong. That is pretty much all I can say without giving too much away.
The one main thing to note about this album is that it is more uptempo than what many Ledisi fans are used to. "I made a decision to not do too many ballads so it reflect the more upbeat side of me. I wanted to make songs that were about my truth. This is the most vulnerable I've ever been," says the soul singer as she talks about what was behind her thinking in changing up her style on this album. It is indeed more intimate and very telling. "It is one thing to laugh," says her business partner Rex Rideout, "but it is another thing to see someone smile. Ledisi is smiling".
You guys are in for a treat. The truth is that, once again, Ledisi show and proves. I just hope you guys are open to receiving it.