Wow. We just discovered this amazing album by Curtis Harding, aptly titled "Soul Power." Harding's fantastic vocals are a soulful throwback to the sounds of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett (and those are names that we don't throw around loosely). While channeling the soulful sounds of the '60s and '70s, Harding's vocals and music feel fresh, new and original.
From the moment the drums kicked in on the opening track "Next Time" we were hooked. Curtis sounds cool....like Marvin Gaye cool or Solomon Burke cool. And by cool, we mean hot. Check out "Keep on Shining," "Heaven's on the Other Side" and "I Need a Friend" and you'll know exactly what we mean.
The guitar and hypnotic vocals on "Castaway" and "Beautiful People" demonstrate Harding's ability to slow things down while keeping it interesting. The bluesy "Drive My Car" is the perfect song for that late night drive, with the gritty vocals and guitar propelling us along for the ride.
These songs sound important and full of substance. Because of that, this is an album that we want to listen to over and over again. We hope you'll give it a listen.