People only think of Alexander O'Neal for his first two albums, the self titled debut & the big selling "Hearsay".
Alex came back in 1991 with "All True Man" - his last great album in my opinion.
The album went to number one in its first week in the UK, but failed to have the staying power that his previous 2 did.
The trouble with this album was the timing. In a time where rap & new jack swing were coming to the forefront of black music "All True Man" failed to go with that.
But this album is truly magnificent. "Time Is Running Out" is a storming track which is fresh & funky. "The Yoke" is equally funky, and although a lengthy track, you won't be able to stop yourself dancing to the beat.
"Everytime I get up" is some of the best work Alex has done in his long career. It a song which if released I'm sure would have been a big his. A truly great song.
The album does have its dour moments and these are tracks 4 & 5 - "Somebody changed your mind" & "Midnight run"
But from then on the rest of the set is just breathtaking.
"Used" is produced by Jellybean Johnson whom Alex worked with on his biggest hit "Criticize". Heavy guitar riff's with Alex's sweet soulful voice just equal perfection.
"Sentimental" is a tad slushy - but its the voice that Alex possesses that really chills the soul.
"What Is this Thing Called love" is a throwback to great tracks from Hearsay, such as "What Can I say". Should have been a bigger hit.
The title track "All True Man" still remains a big inclusion in Mr O'Neal's live show. I've been to see him about 7 or 8 times, and this one is always included. Being only 19, Alex & has music I have always loved - this album is no exception.
"Hang On" & "The Morning After" are two sweet soul track. You can feel the sex in "The Morning After" - its appeal is wide.
"Shame" is the final track and maybe the best on here. An acoustic feel with some touching lyrics mixed with Alex's gritty soul voice.
I urge you to buy the most underrated soul album of any time - ever.
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CATALOG: ZK 45349
MATRIX: 1A ZK45349 06 B / CMU P 89
- TIME IS RUNNING OUT
- THE YOKE (G.U.O.T.R.)
- EVERY TIME I GET UP
- SOMEBODY (CHANGED YOUR MIND)
- MIDNIGHT RUN
- ALL TRUE MAN
- WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?
- THE MORNING AFTER
- HANG ONO
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