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anthony hamilton's southern hospitality

anthony hamilton's southern hospitality


past: Outkast's Speakerboxxx and The Love Below
present
: Anthony Hamilton, Coming Where I Come From
future: Joss Stone, Nappy Roots, Mya, Only Child, Rhian Benson

Southern hospitality has always been a strong suit in rhythm and blues, albeit more in the blues and less in the rhythm. Enter Anthony Hamilton.

Anthony has had his trials and tribulations in the past to be sure. After being on various levels, recording songs, and and releasing XTC, an album which was released and all but forgotten, Anthony has used his time wisely. Touring with D'Angelo and providing vocals to Nappy Roots, Eve, Tupac, and Xzibit, he's been around. Thanks to Jermaine Dupri, Anthony has been able to record and release under So So Def an album which has brought the southern sound to the forefront.

Introduced by Jermaine Dupri, Mama Knew Love ("Mama I'm gonna struggle with ya/I'm gonna help you see the big picture") sits in the front. The mix of the samples with the vocals reminiscent of Al Green lets us know what to expect as the album progresses. In case we missed it the first time however, Anthony pulls in a guitar as he introduces us to Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens, which he will provide to the girl who's in need of his love, with one condition: she straighten herself out. "Cause I'm a pimp girl/Come on let me rock your world".

Organs slide us into the splendid track Since I Seen't You, and soothe us into a cut that's fly, sensual, and full of heart. Simple and to the point, and this is key.

Since I seen't you
We been peoples
You're my equal
This love is see through
I wanna keep you
I wanna be with you

Having acquired the love he wanted, he seemed to have lost it in Charlene ("Come on home to me Charlene"). But don't let him stop spilling his heart here. He loses his best friend and lover in the next track, and as he lets you know in "I'm A Mess". Coming Where I Come From brings you into his world and the challenges that he goes through ("Sometimes I gotta cry a little bit louder"). This release and the accompanying video lets you know what he's all about.

Better Days brings us back from the blues and allows him to express more of his love. With himself providing primary background vocals, this track is more intrinsic and definitely powerful. However, when he starts out with Lucille, he turns his exasperation into "My old lady's on the other side of town with her ex-boyfriend/Drinkin' again". Seems that life is producing more tricks.

A guitar intro brings us into Float, a sensual track that encourages his love to vibe with him: "Baby come float with me/Let me take you to a place on high". Sensual and definitely on the positive, no-holds-barred tip. The song, however, ramps up and gives more energy....enough to make you sway in the chair. ("Baby grab ahold/Feel me in your soul/Forevermore").

He then slides us back into a duet with LaToyoia Williams with My First Love, a solid cut which we would have come to expect in this album, and he doesn't dissapoint. However, he then comes back with Chyna Black ("Soothes a body/Like Mom's old rolls"). This energetic track is a nice switch, which then leads us into the heartbreaking final track, I Tried.

This album is on a vibe that we rarely get to hear in this day and age. It's not hip hop, and it's not rap. It's tracks with enough funkiness, lyrics, emotional battles, scars, and celebration that brings the young and old into the same circles and can keep us all grooving. If you're expecting rap here, you'll be dissapointed.

But instead of being dissapointed, go back out and sit in the rocking chair sit a spell, and listen.

e-scale: 8/10

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I'm a pimp girl, I'm a pimp girl
With juicy juice and Jheri curls
Drip drip one sip and you'll be punch drunk
- Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens

October 13, 2003 in review - audio | Permalink

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Thanks for this review! At first I thought Anthony Hamilton was getting too much hype, especially when I heard his single "Coming Where I Come From" and didn't feel particularly moved. The other tracks are wonderful though - smooth and buttery with the right touch of funk to give you goosepimples.

Posted by: karsh at Oct 13, 2003 12:13:48 PM

only a 7 out of 10...wow. i guess i am so excited about a male producing quality music in the soul/neo-soul/r&b genre other than user and musiq that i am just outdone. i love the old school sound of anthony hamilton. it's aunthentic.

Posted by: kevinrscott at Oct 15, 2003 11:25:41 AM

Man I just wanted to say that your song are very good and they make a person really sit and listen to the words

Posted by: Earl at Oct 27, 2003 10:09:21 AM

Congratulations, a job well done. I got a chance to meet Mr. Hamilton at the Tweeter center in Chicago with Nappy Roots. What a geniune and down to earth guy. During the short time we hung out I can truly see how he gave birth to such a great album. Keep doin' ya thang brotha

Posted by: Vickie at Oct 27, 2003 5:19:15 PM

This album is hot to death....I can't stop listening to it from beignning to end!

Posted by: Tiffany at Nov 6, 2003 7:09:38 PM

This IS CLASSIC MUSIC FOLKS.. IF YOU KNOW ME .. YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTIN' FO KWANZAA ..

Posted by: dave woods at Nov 6, 2003 7:23:41 PM

This is the best male singer I have heard in a long time. I am hooked on this CD, I can't stop listening to it. Anthony much success, stay true to you and expect to soar.

Posted by: gale at Nov 6, 2003 10:07:12 PM

I think this album is like a breath of fresh air. With so many songs not saying anything worthwhile on the radio, I really appreciate someone who is taking a chance as a true artist. Keep it goin Anthony.

Posted by: Tiffany at Nov 7, 2003 12:21:57 PM

I think it's a wonderful album. It reminds me of the old days(music). It's good for a fire place setting with the one you love, just to reminisce of the good old days. It's makes you feel good and help you relate to some of the issues of a black man. I better understand some of the black guys I grew up around.

Posted by: Nadine Guy at Nov 10, 2003 3:26:24 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Hamilton when my friend Kim were at the Essence Festival in New Orleans this past summer. Anthony was down there with Nappy Roots. We all hung out some that weekend and had a blast. Mr. Hamilton is an intelligent down to earth brother that can REALLY sing. Even with the mics and the studio. I'm glad the CD finally came out, I was wearing the demo out. I'm really happy that he is getting the recogition he deserves.

Posted by: Natasha at Nov 16, 2003 6:56:10 PM

I love this CD blues with so much soul!

Posted by: Tracey at Nov 17, 2003 6:39:12 PM

This is some real do-it-to-me music. Keep it going so that all our baby making days are made better since Teddy P. A-town loves this s--t.

Posted by: Duke J. at Nov 22, 2003 12:12:11 AM

Anthony Hamilton has really out done himself. This CD is deeply routed in soul. I am really feeling his efforts.

Posted by: Michele Thompson at Nov 23, 2003 3:56:36 PM

WHILE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE WERE SLEEPIN' ON YOU I'VE BEEN SLEEPIN' WITH
THIS BEAUTIFUL BLACK BROTHER
(IN MY EARS)SINCE THE ESSENCE FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS AS WELL. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU HERE FOR THE BAYOU CLASSIC '03. ANTHONY, I REALY L-O-O-V-E YOUR MUSIC AND THE WAY IT MAKES ME FEEL.vlmck

Posted by: VANESSA at Nov 24, 2003 9:53:23 AM

I first thought he was a part of Nappy Roots and found out he was solo. The brother's music is beautiful. Relaxing and Moving at the same time. This cd is at the top of my list! I love every song on it.

Posted by: LeAndra C. at Nov 24, 2003 10:18:41 PM

Anthony Hamilton, is awesome he was in Birmingham,AL 11/29/03 he was excellent. I stood out in the COLD for 1hr 45min to see the show and then had to stand up but it was well worth the wait just to here Charlene and I Tried I can't put this CD up I'm listening to it as I type this comment. He appeals to all ages. This album gives me goose bumps. Excellent job Anthony keep up the GREAT work. AJP

Posted by: Aisha at Dec 1, 2003 12:24:43 PM

I love that song "Charlene", it is a beautiful song and I would like to have the single. Although he has a strong voice.

Posted by: Amelia Campbell at Dec 2, 2003 3:57:14 PM

Deangelo's first album was great, Rahsaan Patterson has 2 pretty good albums, Raphael Saadiq's solo project was excellent, Jaheim's music is right on point, Dave H. and Donell J. are great R&B vocalists, but after hearing this blessing from Anthony Hamilton, I believe the brother has skipped the label of being called "Next". AH is "Now".

Posted by: Damon "Real Music Expert" at Dec 4, 2003 1:25:13 PM

I saw Anthony Hamilton at the House of Blues in New Orleans on November 28, and I can honestly say it was the best concert I have EVER been to!! Anthony can sing, no I mean he can sang!! His energy was incredible and he turned the HOB on its head. If you get a chance to see him live, don't miss it!

Posted by: Erin at Dec 5, 2003 11:49:43 AM

WELL DONE, MY BROTHA! I FEEL YOUR CONTENTS,I FEEL YOUR WORDS,I CAN IDENTIFY! I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP TO YOUR VIBE AND I HOPE YOU CAN DUPLICATE THE VIBE. KEEP ON KEEPIN'ON! I RELATE SUBJECTIVE CRITICISM TO FOOD,THEY ALL WANT LIKE IT,BUT FOR THE ONES WHOM CONNECT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!

Posted by: CHEROKEE at Dec 7, 2003 2:56:38 AM

THIS CD IS INEVITABLE, IT IS THE BEST THING I'VE HEARD IN A LONG TIME. I'M ADDICTED, I CAN'T TAKE IT OUT OF THE CD PLAYER IN MY CAR.
CONGRATS ANTHONY, HOPE THE NEXT ONE IS JUST AS GOOD,BECAUSE IT CAN'T GET ANY BETTER.

Posted by: ERICA at Dec 7, 2003 1:32:51 PM

WHEN I FIRST HEARD A.HAMILTON I KNEW THAT THIS WAS A GOOD SOULSINGER.NOW UM OLNY 18 AND UM REALLY FEELING THIS ALBUM,WITH TRACKS LIKE CHARLENE AND CHINA BLACK HE CAN'T GO WRONG.10/10 A+ FOR ANTHONY HAMILTON.

Posted by: RYAN-E at Dec 7, 2003 10:54:58 PM

I think AH is one of the greatest artists ever. His CD is out of this world. It's been a long time since I've been able to pop in the disk and let it play! When is he coming to the D.C. area for a concert?

Posted by: Grea Neverson at Dec 9, 2003 8:06:03 AM

Anthony Hamilton is absolutely phenominal!!..This cd is one of the best I've heard (from a new male artist) in a long time. Each song is truly heartfelt and comes from way down deep in his being. I'm very glad that he's able to share his gift....

Posted by: Jamillah at Dec 9, 2003 5:36:07 PM

When is Anthony Hamilton's birthday?

Posted by: bunmi at Dec 11, 2003 11:30:43 AM