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100 Albums: "Soul Power" by Curtis Harding


Kurt is going through his favorite records. Read the explainer or view the master list.

Artist: Curtis Harding
Title: Soul Power
Released: 2014
Genre: soul power


One of the sources I go to for new music is the Next Music podcast hosted by Chris Bro, and a lot of what he features are new artists whose sound is a deliberate lo-fi throwback to older styles. Curtis Harding is squarely in that camp. He was born in Michigan but lacked a permanent home until he was 14 and his family settled in Atlanta. From there, he became part of the local music scene, backing CeeLo Green and forming a touring rock act before striking out on his own as a soul singer.

Soul Power is another one of those records where what you get is exactly what it says on the tin. It's an old-school groove. The one exception is the song I Don't Want To Go Home which is a garage punk song that's been adapted to Harding's voice. The standout on the record is the anthemic Keep On Shining (linked above), but all of the songs are good and move with drive and vigor. The Drive is another excellent one, and while there is a song on here called Drive My Car, it's not a Beatles cover.

If you like neo-soul but want something a little lower-fi than Janelle Monáe, then this might be exactly your jam.

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