We have our wonderfully satisfying flashback artists with Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick, Jr, all channeling their respective past ghosts to excellent effect but we haven’t seen that in the R&B genre. And who among us do not miss the ‘70s styled R&B of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Al Green. I do.
Marc Broussard, who hails from Louisiana, delivers an album of soul music that is both original and pages from the not-too-distant R&B past. And some of them are old favourites that, in the hands of Broussard, will send you rummaging through your music library to bring out some those past gems. But you won’t really need them as Marc Broussard does a fantastic job on these revered tunes all on his own.
On SOS: Save Our Soul, Marc Broussard revitalizes Marvin Gaye with “Inner City Blues” as well as provides a chilling blues and soul cover of “Respect Yourself” from The Staples Singers is unreal. His Otis Redding cover of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” will stir your soul. As will all of the 12 cuts on this album will, none excepted.
Broussard says that they employed no “…digital beat doctors or pitch correctors on this…We played it like we owned it – because we did.” This is what adds to this album’s overall sheen. Broussard also states, “I want to take what was beautiful and right about old school soul and make it alive again.” It sounds original; it sounds real. It is real.
I would love to hear his versions of Mayfield’s “Superfly,” “Freddy’s Dead,” and many of Hayes’ classics. Guess that I’ll have to wait for his next.
Marc Broussard is the best R&B talent on this planet that can not only do current but can also do the past as effortlessly as if he has all of those “old school” original artists’ souls in his body.
I am a convert and a huge fan. Broussard is the voice of R&B today.