So, Corey Glover goes out and records an album, which was released in 1998, and subsequently watched it fall on deaf ears. I tell ya . . . such injustice in this world. I understand why it wasn’t commercially successful, and it’s not just because the label didn’t know how to position this bad boy in the superstores. I know that most people expected it to sound like an offshoot of Living Colour with their previously mentioned array of sounds. But that’s not what Corey Glover, the artist, is all about. This dudes got soul and he expresses it with the power of groove and a killer voice. Hymns is packed with R&B soul churning grooves that will leave your hips worn out from pelvic thrusting your way across the living room.
“April Rain” and “Hot Buttered Soul” are soulful tunes that highlight Glover’s voice. Great melodies at the choruses carry the tune through the day like peanut butter on the roof of your mouth. Simply put . . . it sticks with you, and doesn’t taste bad either. “Little Girl” is straight out of R&B history and would have been a huge hit in the ‘60’s or ‘70’s . . . you know, back when people cared more about the quality of the music than the look of the musicians. Watch for the great vocal breakdown at the 3:38 mark. Soul, baby!
The most moving tune on Hymns has to be “Only Time Will Tell”. Corey’s vocal performance will tear you up. The tune has that ‘80’s soundtrack quality to it. The melody just reminds you of so many poignant moments in life and makes the song fitting for any “Best of the Soft Rock That You’ve Never Heard” compilation. You can feel the emotion throughout, and that’s all I’ve ever asked of a song. Let me feel it. Let me know why you’re hurting, Corey! Damn it, man. We need to go have a drink and talk things over. I’m sad for you.
Buy here: Hymns