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Good Things

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I Need A Dollar
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Green Lights
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Hey Brother
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Miss Fortune
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Life So Hard
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Take Me Back
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Femme Fatale
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Loving You Is Killing Me
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Good Things
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You Make Me Smile
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If I
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Mama Hold My Hand
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Politician (Reprise)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 47:37

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Still Bill

Vaughn

The Bill Withers comparison on "I Need a Dollar" is right on, a great song

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"Take Me Back"

noblueyes

Listening to this record is like going back in time when music was soulful, unique, and the meanings (a plenty) were almost exclusive to the performer and a select few listeners who took the time to learn. If Langston Hughes made music his stage name would be Aloe Blacc. As for the album as a whole... man!!! This album has got to be one of my top favorites! To be honest I don't think Aloe's voice is at it's best just yet, but give him a few more years for his talent to catch up to his skill. The tracks were clean, tight, unique, polished, and infused with bits of funk and jazz that gave it a feel of class and beauty few albums these days match; the production was amazing! I loved it and I know others will find it to their liking.

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Almost Great

Murgatroyd

The voice: check. Arrangements: double check. Songwriting: needs work. Overall, one of the best post-neo-soul records yet. With the addition of a few more killer songs like Miss Fortune or Green Lights, or another cover as astonishing as Femme Fatale, this would have been a classic. Aloe is one to watch.

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It's cool, but tech issues

Electicism101

This guy can sing. I had trouble playing the first track in windows media player 12 on two different computers. I don't know what they encode with, but it's not the first time it's happened this year. Got the shock of my life when told I'd have to pay again to re-download it. Guess I didn't read the small print when new system was announced. Lucky VLC managed it, but I'm with bassmatt. Without this find, I'd be looking at bandit.fm even more seriously than I already have.

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Great Listen! Excellent find!!

BassMatt

During an unfortunate time in the eMusic history (complete with re-purchase of downloads, loss of indie artists, and addition of flavors of the month), it is finding albums like "Good Things" that keeps me from canceling my membership (though I am one Justin Bieber or Ke$ha album away from doing just that). This album is super soulfull and a reminder of a great time in music, when singers could sing and player could play. Great musicianship throughout this album. Highly recommended!!

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This does "Take Me Back"

Trusense

Very reminiscent of the mid 70's with a touch of mid 80's. Aloe Blacc delivers heavy with a promising release for any down to earth soul music lover.

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Long time coming

ElDopa

It's been a long time coming for Aloe Blacc. So happy to see him shining like a muthafucka right now. Undeniable talent and diversity. And no doubt big shout to Truth & Soul on the brilliant instrumentation/production. Salute!

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Who Is…Aloe Blacc

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

Sometimes rappers sing, and you politely cover your ears and wait for the chorus to end so they can go back to rhyming. Aloe Blacc isn't one of them. The Orange County son of Panamanian immigrants, Blacc and rapper Exile formed the hip-hop duo Emanon in the mid-'90s, releasing several cassettes and, eventually, a couple CDs while Blacc earned a degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. When Blacc lost his corporate job… more »

They Say All Music Guide

All the promise of his debut comes true on Aloe Blacc’s sophomore release, Good Things, a vintage sound meets modern problems release with a way too modest title. Right from the opening “I Need a Dollar” — which could be passed off as unreleased Bill Withers, no problem — the album offers grand things, providing listeners with that solid, but not polarizing, style of social commentary Withers perfected. On the following cut, positivity is pushed (“Something special happened today/I got green lights all the way”) in a manner that’s far from sugary, but this singer who offers such warmth and humility on his smooth soul tracks is well aware of sin, and can get slinky in a Al Green style when warning against loose women on “Hey Brother.” An even better example of this is his cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale,” which becomes much more than a clever choice, thanks to a convincing performance that suggests he’s been there. The organic production, real horns and all, is left up entirely to the Truth & Soul Productions crew (Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels) but Blacc’s delivery is less traditional with phrasing and some slang left over from when he was a 24-7 rapper. Anyone with a taste for neo-soul should try Good Things unique flavor. It comes on familiar and comfortable and becomes more rich and rewarding with every return visit. – David Jeffries

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