Brian Goodell - Simple Love

Wednesday 1st February 1995
Brian Goodell - Simple Love
Brian Goodell - Simple Love

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Essential ERCD5407
RRP: £4.59

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Brian's a honkie but the category is the right one - Brian slinkily oozing soulful assurance on a set of tracks which wouldn't sound out of place on R&B radio. There's tasty programming from David Lyndon Huff, some smouldering guitar interjections and Brian purrs, ducks and dives like a good one. What is lacking, at least to these ears, are songs which instantly activate the ol' grey matter. The best numbers are the ballad, "No More Words" (co-composed by DC Talk maestro Toby McKeehan) and the cover of the old Maze R&B hit from 77 "Happy Feelin's" but I suspect Brian will need stronger material before he gets among the American front runners.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Brent Zephyrine in Trinidad and Tobago @ 13:53 on Sep 14 2010

I purchased the cd in 2006 and I must say, it was one of the coolest compilation I have ever heard. I fell in love with almost all of the songs, particularly House of Love, Then There Was You and of course, Simple Love. I still try (without much success) to nail his pitch in House of Love which I think was totally awesome. His work holds a lot of promise but don't think that this statement undermines this incredible piece of work.... well done Brian!

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