Aloe Blacc's arrival on the radar of the record buying hoi polloi may have come via the title sequence of a HBO song, but it's richly deserved for a singer who has a weighty back catalogue to his name. From spending the late nineties as part of hip-hop duo Emanaon to a slew of releases on the esteemed Stones Throw imprint, the eponymous "I Need A Dollar" has thrown the spotlight on the Orange County resident and his second album Good Things takes full advantage. Central to the album is a theme of social commentary, clearly evident from the track titles and expanded lyrically by Aloe Blacc. Backed by some accomplished arrangements led by the Truth & Soul Records team and members of El Michels Affair, this is an album steeped in vintage seventies soul with a contemporary twist. The warm organ riffing of "Loving You Is Killing" and dirty funk of "Hey Brother" in particular prove to be most memorable.
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