Wednesday, September 28, 2005
I've been a fan of Stevie since the early 70's, but my interest faded after a trickle of dull albums. Come to think of it, the final Stevie record I bought and liked was Hotter Than July back in 1980.
But just like Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, Stevie seem to have found some of his old power and put it to good use on the new album titled A Time 2 Love.
It's been 10 years since the last record, and the two songs heard earlier this year; So What The Fuss and From The Bottom Of My Heart signalled a sound closer to Stevie in the 70s than the 80's or 90s. And that can only be a good thing.
Originally set for release in May this year, it has been pushed forward again and again, and when it was suddenly last week announced for release who could really believe it?
October 18 is the date for the CD, but September 27 saw A Time 2 Love ready for download through iTunes and a bunch of other legal stores. Supposedly to make the September 30 deadline for a chance to get a Grammy nomination.
So how does it sound? It's funky, it's classy and it's fun! The slow ballads don't just drone along and mark time. No, they're alive!