His latest CD The G Spot is a highly confident disc, which marries the worlds of...
Keysha Davis 2002
As one third of vocal group LeVert, who enjoyed moderate success in the 80s with their crossover hit Casanova; Gerald Levert has since become the most high-profile member of the singing outfit.
Gerald has always maintained a core army of R&B fans who marvel at his offering of authentic soul, which lies in the tradition of the great warblers of our time including Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye. His latest CD The G Spot is a highly confident disc, which marries the worlds of classic and contemporary R&B in a way that only a seasoned pro can.
Kicking off with the dynamic "Too Much Room", Gerald teams up with Mystikal to produce a 3 minute fun feast. Mystikal is on fire when he yelps "Shake what ya mama gave ya/ I see by the way you move you can take it/ Hips dont lie...". Ok, so it will hardly qualify for an Ivor Novello songwriting award, but within a club-orientated context, its absolutely perfect.
The vibe alters from hereby onwards as Levert slips into the more familiar role of churning out mid-tempo numbers. "Since You Aint Around", "Funny" and "Wildin Me Out" are nice sounding ditties, but its the Marvin Gaye inspired "The Top Of My Head" which stands out both for its nostalgic quality and heartfelt delivery.
Jazz fans will want to check out "Oh What A Night" a collaboration with musical giant Roy Ayers. Its a pleasant enough track, with strings, cymbols and harmonies in the right places. But it can hardly be classified as groundbreaking - a word weve become accustomed to associating with one of the most influential players in contemporary jazz.
Hardcore Levert fans needn't fear, as there are more than a few traditional love songs laced throughout the CD such as "Catchin Feelin" and "Backbone". But its the dire "The G Spot" which provides the only low spot on the record. Succumbing to all the clichés associated with this genre such as erotic groans, whispered interludes of dont stops and faux climaxes - its apparent that this lover man needs to draw upon more imaginative ways to seduce the listener at times.
Overall The G-Spot is an enjoyable CD, which proves that Gerald Levert can compete against the new guns. Core fans will be duly satisfied, whilst new fans will be enchanted by the powerful vocals, capable songwriting, and tuneful melodies throughout the disc.