Musiq Soulchild: OnMyRadio
by Jackson Harlem
No matter how talented they are, it’s always amazing when artists upgrade themselves. My guy Musiq Soulchild is back with a new sound and a new album, entitled “OnMyRadio”.
Now of course I love club bangers and things that make my speakers blast, but quite often, I like quality groove music. You know the Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Jill Scott-type of groove. And that same groove is what Musiq Soulchild brings…with a slightly harder Hip-hop approach.
Soulchild’s new album is chocked full of high-energy groove hits and his signature style of sultry ballads. This album is guaranteed to last you clear through the winter, spring, and into the summer where you drop the top and let the wind blow through your lady’s hair.
Take the ultra-soulful “If U Leave”. It’s the epitome of neo-soul. This joint reminisces the spirit of old soul music and Mary J. Blige’s collaboration puts the classic soul stamp on it. We haven’t heard a good male-female singing duet in a long while, but this song will restore your faith in love songs.
Now the lightheartedly-somber “Dear John” is the ultimate love letter. The melody parallels Palestrina’s choral version of “Ave Maria” with an added sentiment of longing brought on my Soulchild’s lyrics. The bittersweet texture and colorful arranging restrains the tune from being melancholy.
THE banger of the album has to be “Radio”. It’s the black sheep of the album. It’s the male counterpart to Beyoncé’s “VideoPhone”. The guys chanting in the background along with the simplified, synthesized strings and the high hat make the track funky and club-worthy.
“Money Right” sounds a lot like a new age mix between neo-gospel and Gnarl’s Barkley’s “Movin’ On”. Its upbeat tempo is freshly accompanied by light piano ornamentation and delicate strings. The lyrics of this song are optimistically jubilant, making this joint on the verge of being an alternative dance track.
My favorite has to be “Deserve You More”. I swear Soulchild is from some lost 1960’s men’s group. His album really channels the essence of soul and romanticism without the use of sampling and imitation.
Check out the rest of Musiq Soulchild’s new album “OnMyRadio” when it hits stores on DEC. 9th.