Album Watch: No Time But The Present To Follow Lizz Wright's 'Fellowship'

Friday, September 3, 2010

I know it's Friday and you're ready to let loose like a goose, but sometimes you have to pause for the cause, especially when that cause is Lizz Wright. I may not play Ms. Wright as often as I should, but whenever I do, her voice does what that old cliche phrase says...she soothes the savage beast. One listen to Wright's vocals, and it's soul zen time. Drop everything and meditate.

Wright had me with her rendition of Chick Corea and Flora Purim's "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly" off of her exceptional 2003 debut, Salt, from there Wright continued to be the go-to artist for music that uplifts and nurtures. Uplift Wright will do again when her next effort, Fellowship arrives in stores this September 28th. Fellowship will appease those who like their music with more of a Gospel meets Southern harvested soul as the Georgia bred singer will be taking inspirational songs from tradition as well as shining light on more covers from the likes of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Wright also won't be alone on her spiritual quest as all-time favorite MeShell Ndegeocello and Joan as Policewoman will be on deck as guest stars. In the meantime, as you wait for Fellowship's arrival, hear what Ms. Wright can do with a cover as she blazes through Neil Young's "Old Man" back in 2005, to get reacquainted to what will be in store.

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