This is the real thing, believe me. You want classic soul, a voice that makes your baby's heart melt along with yours - get this. Classic soul has never been better. I was never a big fan of Will Downing. Don't get me wrong, this guy sure knows his stuff and made some fine albums over the years. But somehow they never stuck with me as albums. A song here and there, yes, a beautiful voice, great covers and originals but never an album that I l.o.v.e.d. This - this is perfection. Silky soul of the highest order. Will Downing has found his place alongside the likes of Teddy Pendergrass, maybe even a touch of Barry White. The first song Ride made me think of the O'Jays - which in itself is saying enough, smooth as ooooooh. If you like mid-tempo sexy grooves: put down the lights, make some Love Suggestions, cook Something Special, invite your lady, tell her I'm Gonna Love Just A Little Bit More Baby and enjoy a trip to heaven with Classique
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Taking his inspiration from the French term Classique - an author, artist or work of art, of the highest excellence - Will Downing returns with his 14th collection of sensual grooves and true love primers. Classique is his second album for Peak Records and a triumphant encore presentation following the challenges he faced creating his Peak debut, After Tonight (recorded while battling the muscle disorder Polymyositis). Back in top form, Downing's sensitive touch is felt throughout the project - singing, writing, arranging and producing, the latter mostly in collaboration with his dear friend and much-in-demand ace Rex Rideout. Uniquely gifted with an unmatched arsenal of velvet lows and silky falsetto highs, few can challenge the growing belief that this versatile crooner is the rightful heir to the Smooth R&B throne.