Aloe Blacc

19 Feb

The (Man) in the Band:  Aloe Blacc

What’s the story? So I’m 5 months too late to the ‘Wake Me Up’ party. It’s an obvious worldwide hit by Swedish DJ Avicii, and the velvety-throated dude who sings the track has even appeared on the Voice, possibly the least Unsung thing on the planet. But how many of you can tell me who that singer is? It took me a while to realize that it’s one and the same artist who gave us the social revelation that is ‘I Need A Dollar’. He’s got more r&b talent than JT, and everything he does is full of sunshine and soul. His name is Aloe Blacc, and if there is any justice in this world, he won’t be Unsung any longer.

Sounds Like: Bill Withers wearing a blaxploitation film fur coat

The gateway song: “Wake Me Up”

and “I need a dollar”

Other songs:   

“Green Lights”

“Loving You” (mostly for the awesome life affirming dancing by the little kid at 1:06)

“Shine Through”

 If you liked this, check out these bands/songs:

Bill Withers “Use Me”

Cody Chestnutt “Til I Met Thee”

Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come”

Curtis Mayfield “Superfly”

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