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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Soul Album Review: Days Ahead's "Turning Point"

By Sean
Editor-in-Chief, Neo Soul Today


Typically, whenver I'm leisurely listening to Liquid Soul Radio via live365.com, I'm doing other things simultaneously. Every so often, I hear a good, new soul song, switch to the Live 365 music player window, and note the name of the artist and song. For years, this has been my primary method of ad hoc underground soul artist discovery.

Over a year ago, I heard an incredible, upbeat, jazzy song, led by gracefully strong female vocals and backed by a live band. I immediately stopped what I was doing and checked the name of the artist/group and song. The group's name was Days Ahead and the song title was "You Move Me." I proceeded with the process I normally follow whenever I find a lead. First, I went to my reliable source,
dustygroove.com, to see if they had it. No luck. Next, I checked my secondary source, iTunes. No luck. Finally, I checked my third source, cdbaby.com. No luck. "Oh well," I said to myself. Liquid Soul did it again: hit me with a fresh new artist so far underground that I couldn't find them anywhere. Not even a Google search yielded anything.

About two months ago, I heard "You Move Me" again when listening to Liquid Soul Radio and did another Google search. This time, (to my surprise and after nearly a year) via another site, I arrived at the Days Ahead
website. I was happy to discover that their debut album, Turning Point (2005, Nightingale60 Publishing (BMI), Stephen Wright (BMI)), is now available. It was at their website that I listened to extended-length track samples to confirm that it was worth a buy. I must say, this album is very good.

Listen to my favorite tracks from Days Ahead's "Turning Point"

My Favorite 8 Tracks from Turning Point's 10 Tracks

1. You Move Me
2. Love Is Love
4. For the Love
5. Good Ole' Days
6. It's In Your Hands
7. Days Ahead
9. Don't Fall Too Fast
10. Courting a Fantasy


Out of my 8 favorite tracks above, I like You Move Me (track 1), For the Love (track 4), and It's In Your Hands (track 6; especially the chorus) the most.

Formally known as daysahead, the Atlanta-based band has such a unique sound. According to the band's website, they consider themselves an acid jazz band combining elements of jazz, soul, and rock. What caught my ear the most was the unmistakable soul interwoven in their jazzy music. What caught my interest the most was what they refer to as "maturity" and "diversity" in their sound.

A Little About The Band
Days Ahead is a 4-piece band consisting of guitar (electric and acoustic), lead vocals, bass, and drums. Amazingly, there are no keyboards. The band is led by the powerful vocals of Kim Leachman supported by Steve Wright (guitarist and producer), Brandon Gilliard (bassist), and James Barrett (drummer). There are also other contributing backup members for each of the different instruments.

Buy it!
I highly recommend buying "Turning Point" from iTunes or cdbaby.com.

Neo Soul Today Album Rating
4 out of 5 stars

7 Comments:

At January 22, 2006 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where were you?, it has been a while

 
At January 22, 2006 9:39 AM, Blogger Neo Soul Today Staff said...

I had to tend to some other major life events; namely, becoming a father for the first time. But I'm still here! Always will be. Thanks for your support.

 
At January 23, 2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same experience that the editor had. I heard "you move me and stopped in my tracks to try and purchase the album. Fortune has it that I also got to see them live the same week at the 5 Spot in Little 5 Points and they were as good as I imagined. This is a great band and I think everyone should get this album. It will move you!

 
At January 25, 2006 8:55 PM, Anonymous IMKENT said...

Thanks again for bringing to light great neosoul artist, I will be checking there music out.

 
At February 05, 2006 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for mentioning the liquid soul elements in your piece on Days Ahead - keep the great content and look for more to come from Days Ahead...

jsevens
liquidsoulradio

 
At April 12, 2006 12:05 PM, Blogger Al Childs said...

If your yearning for some good vintage soul music and a phenomenal voice, come listen and experience the silky sounds of new recording artist

Ms. Carol Riddick

http://carolriddick.net/

 
At December 07, 2007 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check this kid out. you may have caught him sharing the stage with sunshine anderson, jon b, or so many more over the summer, you may have heard about his scholarship to berklee college of music, but have you heard his new music? have you heard he's moving to LA later this month? have you heard about his work in the UK?

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