Salah Ananse - The Late Night Affair (2009)

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    The title of Salah Ananse' latest project, Late Night Affair, is definitive of its overall sound - an ambiently laid back groove.  There is no doubt that Ananse has something to show for his 16 plus years of experience as a DJ, having opened for a neo-soul lover's fantasy team.  A resume that includes opening for folks like Raphael Saadiq, India Arie and The Roots speaks for itself.

    The title of Salah Ananse' latest project, Late Night Affair, is definitive of its overall sound - an ambiently laid back groove.  There is no doubt that Ananse has something to show for his 16 plus years of experience as a DJ, having opened for a neo-soul lover's fantasy team.  A resume that includes opening for folks like Raphael Saadiq, India Arie and The Roots speaks for itself.

    This CD was sent to me in the form of a download, so I'm still trying to upgrade my technological savvy to put a few of the tracks onto my Ipod.  One of those tracks, "Affliction," features Kebbi Williams and a beat that is a must for a low-lit, white wine serving establishment.  "Evermore" featuring Gaelle, makes me think of a melody rescued from the 80's with a hint of Eurythmics for flavoring.  I would seek hypnosis more often if tracks like "Wonder" featuring Zynzelay were used to put me under.  My favorite track is "Yes," a remix with Anthony David.  If you really know your music, you'll recognize that some of the lyrics from this track are on a remake that Mr. David has on his album. 

    Overall, I wasn't too impressed with the lyrical content of this project, but the mood of Late Night Affair refuses to let me care too much about that. 

    Vocals: 3 stars
    Lyrics: 2.5 stars
    Music: 3.5 stars
    Production: 3 stars
    SoulTracks Call: Recommended

    By Olupero R. Aiyenimelo

     
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