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1) Glad I Met You Tonight
2) Feelin' Alright
3) Lust At First Sight
4) Get To Know You
5) Tell Me
7) Safe In His Arms
8) Put Yo Momma On The Phone
9) Fly Higher
11) Guess Who's Back
13) Extra! Extra!
14) Libido Interuptus
15) Do You Know
16) You Do U
17) At This Moment
18) I Got You Back
19) Coulda Been/Shoulda Been
20) Déjà Vu "Glad I Met You Tonight"
It may be surprising to note that Will Downing has been more successful
than ever before during his Peak/Concorde period in 2007-2010. His first Peak album
After Tonight was Will's first number one album on Billboard R&B charts,
the 2009 album Classique reached number 3 position on R&B charts but
was at position 22 on The Billboard top 200 pop album charts, which was his
highest position ever on pop charts. This new album Lust, Love & Lies
reached number 11 slot on R&B charts and position 32 on pop charts.
The latest set is slightly different from Will's previous albums, since the
albums creates "an audio novel", and the idea is to link the different songs
on the album to the others with a "soap opera" type of story, and 8 out of 20
tracks on the album are dialogues, depicting a typical love story from
the initial encounter to dating and falling in love, and then some betrayal,
break up and end of the affair. The first time one listens to the story with
some interest, but frankly after a couple of plays one starts to skip the
dialogues and only listens to the actual songs.
Compared to Will's early albums, I think he is now much weaker with uptempo
cuts, and the "party songs" on this CD (like Feelin' Alright) are really
far from the brilliance
of his 80s and 90s club classics. However, when it comes to classy ballads,
this albums offer two tracks that I rate among Will's all-time best performances.
First, Fly Higher was already featured on the compilation album
United We Cure, and the Gary Taylor-co-penned tune is delivered in a
gorgeous jazz guitar -laced backdrop - I wish Will would always
sing over this kind of musical setting.
As a composition even better is, though, the track titled Tell Me, which
is at the time of writing this review spending the second week on number 1 position of our own
weekly soul chart Quality Time. The song has
the same kind of classic feel as the most memorable sweet soul tunes in the 70s.
Certainly nothing wrong with the other ballads either. At This Moment might
be a highlight of a more mediocre album.