Just where has this geezer
been the few years? Well it's good to see that Michael
Cooper is back on the block (and sounding better than
ever I might add). It's been several years since we last heard
from the former ConFunkshun
lead singer (not since 2001s This Heart
of Mine) and now he returns with a new set and a new
label in the midst.
So just what has he been
doing with himself you might ask well according to a recent interview
"I'm living life. I've been married for 17 years, all of
my kids are grown and gone so my wife and I have plenty of time
to chill with our kids and grandkids as well as with each other.
We are able to deal with the ups and downs due to maturity. Most
folks under 40 are still out there, per se. I'm content and very
happy" With that said let's not forget that he also has a
new album out called 'Are We Cool'.
In the same recent interview
he gave with a fan, Michael was asked about the project and how
he can up with the title for the new CD - his response was - "This
was created out of concerns for building a platform for the classic
R&B sound. The focus is on what those mature artists are doing
today. Although I am elated about the idea, I am concerned about
how much these talented artists will be received. I love some
hip hop but it's no secret that it came in and basically killed
what we have grown to know and love about R&B music".
When you sell yourself out, there goes your artistry. I don't
record what a new school person wants to play or hear. I stay
true to myself."
And regarding the title of
the CD he said "After writing the title track and then moving
onto the others, Gino [Blackmale] and I kept saying "So are
we cool?" and after a while, it just stuck"
You can always recognise
a track that's sung by Michael, he has that distinctive baritone
about him but what most might not know is the singer also plays
a mean guitar as well, evident on the title track to the album.
The song on display today
is the 2 stepping groove 'Stepping
to a Love Song'. The song has similarities in the
baseline thats very much reminisce of the R.
Kelly track 'Step in the Name
of Love' from a few years back (not to mention Musiq's
'ForTheNight') but that aside,
it's all Michael from that point on. Michael delivers a song that
breathes life into you that tells a story of love and passion,
with strong production and excellent vocal range devulged from
deep within his reservoir of baritone tenor.
A song worthy of your listening
ear for many months to come I'm sure and you'll want to listen
to this one again and again. The album is avaiable in record shops
and on line at amazon.com
and hmv.co.uk. A worthy TY-D
pick indeed - period
Listen to Michael
Cooper - 'Stepping
to A Love Song'