BRING IT ON HOME... THE SOUL CLASSICS "...Thirteen Universally Loved Classics By The Legends Of Soul Music Reinterpreted By World Renown And Multi-Platinum Vocalist, Aaron Neville!..." "After … see full wiki
When I came across "Aaron Neville: Bring It On Home..The Soul Classics" I found that I simply could not resist. Here were 13 of the most memorable tunes in the history of soul being sung by a man who has been at his craft for more than 40 years. Sounded like a sure winner to me. Rather what I found was a disc that I would have to describe as a bit of a disappointment. "Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics" is simply not all that it is cracked up to be.
There are certainly some terrific moments on "Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics". Aaron Neville handles the opening track "Rainy Night in Georgia" with ease and makes this one all his own. Likewise, I was quite pleased with his stirring renditions of a pair of old Impression's tunes "It's Alright" and "People Get Ready". Great stuff! Perhaps the best song on this disc is Aaron's duet with Mavis Staples on the Staple Singers 1972 hit "Respect Yourself". Surely, this is soul music at its very best! Having said that, I found most of the rest of this disc to be rather ordinary and in some cases quite mediocre. I thought Aaron did a decent job on tunes like "Ain't That Peculiar", "Stand By Me" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay". But I have to say that there were 4 or 5 tracks that were major disappointments to me. Songs like "My Girl" and "When A Man Loves A Woman" failed to move me at all while "A Change Is Gonna Come" was clearly the biggest disappointment on this album. Aaron Neville simply proved to be no match for the legendary SamCooke. I would have to attribute my lack of enthusiasm for this disc to a pair of reasons. First, I found that Aaron Neville's quirky voice seemed to wear on me. While I did not find his voice to be quite as annoying as say Rod Stewart I found that I had a difficult time enjoying an entire disc of this artist. Secondly, I simply did not care for the arrangements on a number of these tunes. More is not necessarily better!
When all is said and done "Aaron Neville: Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics" is not a disc I can get all that enthusiastic about. If you are a fan of the man you will probably enjoy it. And while this is certainly not a terrible album I would have to classify this as an interesting project that just misses the mark.
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