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Hil St. Soul – Black Rose: Album Review
Written by The Theorist (K.E.H.)   

R&B Soul reviews Hil St. Soul’s new album, Black Rose, emanates soulful vibes reminiscent of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill in their early days. It fortifies the neo-soul genre in today’s Hip-hop pop dynasty. 

Expect to slowly dip your head up and down on “Gravity,” a beat with string arpeggios striking the track like lightening. It’s a surprise that it didn’t find its way on a Snoop or 50 Cent record. 

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The cut “Ghetto” also hits hard with a strong head-knocking groove. You will hear a kick drum and bass planted on the downbeats, on top of which a slick laid-back chorus chants “don’t forget the ghetto,” urging listeners to never forget their roots.

On the other hand, the vocalist Hilary Mwelwa caresses life and slows things up a bit in “Smile,” a track with smooth CD 101.9 jazzy backgrounds vocals. She begins the first verse delicately singing, “let us stop and think a little while,” because “things are moving way too fast.”

This album tries to avoid candy-coated lyrics and attempts to convey meaningful jewels of thought—persuading you to think about the good old days. The friendly groove in “Sweetest Days” is not fancy nor an attention grabber, but the juicy bass line makes you sit so your mind can drift back to when “there was no Nintendo or computer games.” Give Black Rose a couple of spins, because this is the kind of music that grows on you to become your best friend.

Download:  “Ghetto” “Gravity”


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