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Friday, 20 December 2013 02:20

"What Is To Be Major" - Barsheem

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Barsheem's EP "What Is To Be Major" is a compelling mix of party, throw back,and intimate tracks. As a singer-songwriter, he shows his musical range and his ability to stylize.

The lead single from the EP is "If This World Were Mine," originally recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, then classically rerecorded by Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn.

Barsheem's take on the song provides a nice luscious 70's vibe. The instrumentation is good and his voice has a light, smooth, clean characteristic. His voice is a gift - one that he stayed within the pocket on.

Both earlier versions of "If This World" were duets, and it is difficult to turn a duet into a solo piece. Barsheem's vocals are good. Sometimes, though, the beat overtakes him. Nevertheless, the performance is well worth the listen.

The best song on the project is "No One." The song shows off his voice without competition. There's a strong balance between the writing and the vocals, and Barsheem's emotional connection is evident.

Honestly, Barsheem's connection to his music and his musical history is evident throughout the entire project. He is a talented singer-songwriter who doesn't compete with or repeat the past. He honors it.

In a time where there seems to be a dearth of soul singers, Barsheem's voice is needed and refreshing. Kudos to him for what he has brought with this EP; I look forward to seeing what else he has in store.

Special contribution by Anthony Johnson