enters the Billboard chart this week at #17
Spotify online listen
not yet rated by allmusic
7th studio album
didn't know he was from the Gap Band
gotta give him kudos for using his actual name
and keeping it clean
but we do have Snoop Dogg on 2 tracks, Shaggy on 1
other than that it's Charlie
on which I feel about the same as modern country
artist website - http://forevercharlie.charliewilsonmusic.com/
Bio - from allmusic
As lead singer for the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson sang on four number one R&B hits: "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early in the Morning," "Outstanding,"
and "Addicted to Your Love" -- as well as the classics "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Yearning for Your Love," "Party Train," and "Big Fun." The band had three
platinum albums and two gold certificates, and supplied hit singles for the movie soundtracks to Penitentiary III ("Sweeter Than Candy") and Keenan Ivory Wayans' I'm
Gonna Git You Sucka (the title track, which reached the R&B Top 20). After a long hiatus, Wilson returned in 2000 with Bridging the Gap, issued by Interscope and
sporting appearances by Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg (the smooth "Big Pimpin'") and Case (on the duet ballad "Another Man"). The album became an R&B hit and
brushed the Top 200 album chart as well. His 2005 LP Charlie, Last Name Wilson hit the Top Ten thanks to the success of the title track and "Magic." Uncle Charlie,
highlighted by "Supa Sexxy" (featuring T-Pain and Jamie Foxx), followed in 2009 and reached number two; the album, as well as "There Goes My Baby,” were
nominated for Grammy Awards. Released in 2010, Just Charlie landed in the Top 20, and the ballad "You Are" was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Love, Charlie
followed in early 2013.
Album Review - from renownedforsound
After heading family soul group The Gap Band and being the go-to singer for Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg and others, R&B vocalist Charlie Wilson has become part of
recent popular culture through his work with Kanye West. After all, he’s behind those sublime chorus vocals on the breathtaking but ultimately notorious Bound 2.
The BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient otherwise known as Uncle Charlie continues his dominance of adult contemporary-tinged R&B with seventh album
Joining the 1980s retro bandwagon is opener Somebody Loves You, a hybrid of saucy 1970s percussion, funky 1980s synth-pop production (including vocoder) and
soothing 1990s female backing vocals. Despite the track being a bit disposable, it is still an uplifting, good old-fashioned soul track on which Wilson’s velvety vocals are
1960s doo-wop is evoked on the cheesy but effortlessly wonderful single Goodnight Kisses (which sounds like a modern take of At Last if previous duet partners Boyz II
Men took the reins) and My Favourite Part of You (which manages to leave just enough to the imagination despite yearning lines like ‘so damn sexy, it hurts’). Wilson
continues to worship the female form on the slightly generic, Timbaland-lite Birthday Dress and Sugar.Honey.Ice.Tea.
Just Like Summertime starts slow but then sizzles like a Georgian barbecue mentioned in the lyrics, with its New Jack Swing throwback, carefree bass synthesizer and
mesmerising thick vocal harmonies. This is a must-single, as it’s bound to lift any listener’s mood and bring summer into the room.
Wilson is his own man, but that doesn’t stop him from channelling other greats like the late Luther Vandross on the cheeky, bouncy Hey Lover and Chaka Khan on the
euphoric, breezy slow-burner Things You Do. Even the opening, gliding synth riff, breathy drum pads, insistent vocal harmonies and the line ‘makes me feel this way’
sound like a homage to Ain’t Nobody.
Along with closer Me and You Forever, Unforgettable is perfect for a chilled, romantic island paradise with a certain type of herbal refreshment. However, the latter has
Shaggy’s distinctive but admittedly tacked-on vocals and barely sounds like a collaboration. Fortunately, Infectious lives up to its title with its irresistibly funky groove,
energetic, spontaneous ad-libs (‘good lord, ow!’) and Snoop Dogg’s trademark swagger.
Charlie Wilson’s combination of nostalgia for the past and subtle modern production touches has resulted in an effort that would be great for a fun night out at a classy
club. Fans of 1990s R&B will certainly lap this up.
most tracks are like this:
1. Somebody Loves You
2. Touched By An Angel
3. Goodnight Kisses
4. Just Like Summertime
5. Unforgettable feat: Shaggy
6. Sugar.Honey.Ice.Tea feat. Snoop Dogg
7. My Favorite Part Of You
8. Infectious feat: Snoop Dogg
9. Hey Lover
10. Things You Do
11. Birthday Dress
12. Me and You Forever