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The Soul Express Album of the Month

March 2000

All My Life
UK (Expansion)
Aria De La Mia Vita - All My Life - Compliments - Mirrors - Blue Light - Sunshine - Hooked On Your Love - Shadows And The Light - Got To Be Strong - Earth Child - Pressure - The Bottle - Closure
Another very strong album to see in the year 2000. Maysa's last set was unmissable, and although there are no killer cuts in the vein of Goodbye on here, we have a different angle with the unique and exceptional writing, instrumentalisation and production of our very own Jean-Paul Maunick otherwise known as 'Bluey'. Originally released on the Rice Label in Japan, Expansion have snapped up the rights and should do the business with this one. Those who love the classier Incognito sounds of late will jump for this album, the style is British yet classy. Much British material simply cannot cut the mustard when it comes to the music we love, but this album really does hit the desired watermark. I found it an enjoyable listen throughout, although I could do without another version of The Bottle. One is quite sufficient!
Maysa Leak has a rich, velvety voice that hints at pure heaven. Bluey does her justice, although for my money her best bet is on the other side of the pond with the likes of, say, Barry J. Eastmond or Paul Brown. The opening song, All My Life is the best on the CD as far as I am concerned, and is a real aural treat, proving that us Brits have come a long way since those more cringing efforts of the '70s, 80's and a fair part of the '90s. The song is deep, groovy and so soulful it hurts.. Essential stuff indeed. With steppers such as Compliments and the beaty retrospective Mirrors the album is one that is very much an all-round good musical egg. Much better than I ever expected it to be. Recommended UK soul.

The review by Barry Towler exclusively for RECORD CORNER, which is one of the leading soul shops in the world. The review is not featured in our printed issue.

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