Lift Your Spirit - XIX/INTERSCOPE
FILTER Grade: 85%
By A. D. Amorosi on March 13, 2014
Southern California indie-hop and soul sensation Aloe Blacc follows up his piano-pounding multi-million-selling hit “I Need a Dollar” with a major label debut filled with the sound of his smoky baritone voice, front and center. While the album’s first single, “The Man,” is nothing too unique to write home about, the stirring acoustic number “Wake Me Up,” the handsomely nervous “Ticking Bomb” and the sarcastic “Red Velvet Seat” offer brilliant, better options of Blacc’s observational lyricism and buoyant vocal tones.