From Oakland, California is Jazz/RnB group D. Edward. Love Is, there second album after Little Red Box, is an LP full of smooth Soul music. I was given an incredible chance to listen to this album about a week before today, the day of release, thanks to Angela Mastrogiacomo, creator and head of Infectiousmagazine.com. She has been incredibly helpful and has given me one of the best album recommendations I have heard!
Love Is has some incredible songs on it, and features some big names on vocals. Now, let’s break this down track-by-track:
1. Waiting – The start of this album right away previews what we’ll hear from D. Edward throughout the rest of the album. The soft percussion and instrument support of the vocals right away provides great listening, with Waiting being one of my favorite songs on this album (and the song I think will be most popular on the album). The Rock/RnB sound of this track is definitely a great combo and makes this one an excellent listen. 9.5/10
2. Show Me ft. Jenna Lavoie – The piano and soothing chimes surround the vocals to make a beautiful mellow sound. The hook requires a bit of a wait, but the harmonizing on the chorus is perfect. It almost feels like this song was pulled out of an older time, but is still given a modern twist with the passionate vocals of Jenna Lavoie. 9.75/10
3. Hold On Intro ft. Laura Sullivan – The brief piano of the intro to Hold On, my other favorite album song next, is a 30-second window of a soothing melody. Short interlude is all this really is, but makes for a nice adjustment to the next song. Pulls off the transition very well. 9.75/10
4. Hold On – The harmonizing on the hook immediately made this song stand out for me, which helps make this such an incredible song. The long notes are so smooth and give the song a beautiful RnB sound. The individual skill of each member is apparent in the instrumental and vocals on this song, especially in the bridge. 9.75/10
5. One for the Money – The vocals start almost immediately and sound similar to the previous sung tracks, with a Jazz influence heavy here. The hook is a bit disappointing with the cheer after saying “One for the money” and random crowd noises at the end of every hook. The verses are smooth and combine an excellent RnB/Jazz sound together well. 8.75/10
6. Mesmerized – The instrumental in the first couple of seconds is actually incredible, and the sound appears more in the hook. The song is a great mood-setter and will leave a listener, well, mesmerized. It’s incredibly smooth and features heavy RnB and Jazz influence. Bridge is a bit short and more like another hook though. 9.25/10
7. Don’t Say – I really love this song, especially how a part of the hook introduces the subject of the song. I feel like this provides substantial evidence of a story throughout the album. The high pitch of the instrumental can be a little much at times, almost like a Pokemon Town theme in Red/Blue. I sincrely hope I will be forgiven for comparing this music to Pokemon, but it’s still a beautiful track. 9.5/10
8. I Love The Way – Right away when I hear the intro to this song I think of 70’s Soul. The influence on this song, and the whole album at that, is most evident in this song. The Jazzy piano reminds me of something taken out of a good Elton John song. The harmonizing on the hook is excellent and the song is very passionate. 9.75/10
9. Pretty Eyes – I do enjoy this song a lot, though it seems a lot more off-pitch from the instrumentals and out of sync. The hook is similar to the previous tracks, but has its own twist. It’s a very smooth song and has some more RnB in it than the others. 8.75/10
10. Mighty Love – This is another one of those Rock influenced tracks that seems to be taken out of a different time. I love the instrumental to start and the lyrics. The hook is a bit corny but it is catchy and entertaining. 9.25/10
11. Love Is – The finale to the album is named after the LP itself. It pretty much sums up the sound of the whole album in one track, especially in the hook. It is smooth but Jazzy and has Rock and RnB influence throughout. Another one of my favorites, the song is upbeat and passionate yet not distracted from love. 9.75/10
In the end that averages out to about 9.5/10. That is a considerably high rating for an album, but the sound is so incredible with a perfect combination of several genres and an older influence that it deserves it. If you like the first couple of songs, you’ll like the rest. Same goes for if you don’t like the first few, as the sound is consistent throughout. I recommend a listen to all of them, but if that is too pressing you should at least listen to my three favorites: Waiting, Love Is and Hold On.
P.S. You can also buy the album on iTunes; after all, it just released today! You can also find the group on Twitter, Facebook, etc. under their band name. Little Red Box has a similar sound so if you like this album give their previous a quick listen.
Also, here is the music video for the first single for the album, Love Is: