July 10, 2010

V4YS Album Review - Dwele - W.ants W.orld W.omen (E1 Entertainment Records)

The Nu-Soul scene is in full revival mode. Following Maxwell & Erykah Badu and before Bilal, Andreya Triana and possibly D'Angelo, here is Dwele's turn to release a new Lp. 
W.ants W.orld W.omen is the Detroit-born singer's 5th album.
Don't trust the rather poor cover artwork, this record almost matches Dwele best work so far, "Rize" and "Subject", released in 2000/3.

It is split in three parts : the "W.ants" part is rather Hip-hop oriented, the "W.orld" part enters the "socially-conscious" space with lyrics dealing with various political issues on a soulful musical background, finally the "W.omen" part comes back to the classic nu-soul relationships theme on a smoother R&B sound, that many rightfully nickname "baby-making" soul music.
If the album adresses a wide range of subjects and musical atmospheres with various collaborations such as Kanye West, Slum Village or Raheem Devaughn, the amazing deepness and maturity of Dwele's voice is the common factor to all tracks.
I have to acknowledge my preference for the second and third parts as their pure nu-soul sound clearly represent Dwele's ultimate signature. Tracks such as "How I Deal", "My People", "Love You Right" or "Give Me A Chance"... are little gems, blending groove and sensuality.

To me this record is not as powerful as Erykah Badu's recent's "New Amerykah Part Two" but it is nevertheless a remarkable production which makes it a highly recommended Lp for any nu-soul fan.

Below you'll find streaming of "How I Deal" featuring Slum Village and "Give Me A Chance" :

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