14 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview, Eric Roberson said that the title for his 2007 album LEFT came from his feeling that other artists had “left behind” key elements in music: specifically, sincere love and respect for music and musicianship. While a lot of R&B performers seem to simply play the roles the public expects of them, Roberson has a relatable presence. The integrity he shows in his music is matched by his lyrics' sincerity. The love expressed in “The Baby Song” doesn’t seem like an obligatory put-on for R&B fans; it feels earned and from the heart. The naturalism and open-heartedness Roberson expresses keeps his music from becoming soggy or schmaltzy; the hip-hop-inflected beats of “Been in Love…,” “If I Had a Chance," and “Evening” are impressively crisp. One of Roberson’s other tricks is to invest his music with the richness and texture of jazz without seeming pretentious; “Pretty Girl,” “Open Your Eyes," and “Couldn’t Hear Her" incorporate jazz elements while remaining earthy and hypnotic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview, Eric Roberson said that the title for his 2007 album LEFT came from his feeling that other artists had “left behind” key elements in music: specifically, sincere love and respect for music and musicianship. While a lot of R&B performers seem to simply play the roles the public expects of them, Roberson has a relatable presence. The integrity he shows in his music is matched by his lyrics' sincerity. The love expressed in “The Baby Song” doesn’t seem like an obligatory put-on for R&B fans; it feels earned and from the heart. The naturalism and open-heartedness Roberson expresses keeps his music from becoming soggy or schmaltzy; the hip-hop-inflected beats of “Been in Love…,” “If I Had a Chance," and “Evening” are impressively crisp. One of Roberson’s other tricks is to invest his music with the richness and texture of jazz without seeming pretentious; “Pretty Girl,” “Open Your Eyes," and “Couldn’t Hear Her" incorporate jazz elements while remaining earthy and hypnotic.

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