Somebody Have Mercy
Dude's got a voice. Very soulful, a little scratchy, he's got the perfect voice for this style of music. It's early 60's soul and it just oozes cool. The only thing better than Sam Cooke is the sax solos. They're breathtaking - it may be 50+ years old but it still moves you, which shows you just how timeless it is. The rest of the music is alright (nothing special) but it does give way to Cooke and the sax.
Bring It On Home To Me
Having a Party
Other than the two tracks above it's an incredibly repetitive album. It doesn't really matter which song I choose here to highlight. I live for the moments between the songs, because it seems like those were the only moments that change. You can hear inside of songs other songs from the era and you can even sing those over the top. It's not really endearing, it's formulaic.
All in all, it's interesting. I say that because I wanted to enjoy it. I found this album to be much like primitive computers. I can respect and greatly admire how amazing computers were 50 years ago. I can really admire how they did so much with so little. However, just because I can admire it doesn't necessarily mean I want to work on a computer from 50 years ago.
Tomorrow's album: 'N Sync's Celebrity.