Editors’ Notes The best thing about Dwele has always been his music's loose, conversational tone. It’s gratifying to hear that his third album, Sketches of a Man, maintains his strengths as a performer: restraint, taste, and mood. At 20 songs, Sketches of a Man feels like a musical sketchbook, and its finest moments are often its most curious. “5 Dollar Mic” is nearly a cappella, layering Dwele’s voice over itself. “Open Your Eyes” is a cover of the Bobby Caldwell classic that somehow expands the fathomless vulnerability of the original. The hallmarks of Dwele’s art—bubbling, low-end kicks paired with free-floating jazz chords—can be found on “Free as a Bird,” “You Won’t Be Lonely," and “Vain.” His vocals here are set to a tone that doesn't demand, but suggests. The ambling nature of Dwele’s voice makes it a perfect complement to the measured low-end beats of “A Few Reasons (Truth Pt. 2)” and “Brandi,” both of which bring out the glimmer in Dwele’s voice. The centerpiece, however, is “I’m Cheatin’”: a smoothly insistent song about infidelity that ends up being an affirmation of monogamy.

SONG
Sketches of a Man (Intro)
1
1:40
 
Free As a Bird
2
3:26
 
Feels So Good
3
3:20
 
Blow Your Mind
4
1:23
 
A Few Reasons (Truth, Pt. 2)
5
3:48
 
Open Your Eyes
6
3:21
 
Workin' On It
7
1:18
 
Brandi (feat. Slum Village)
8
3:24
 
Five Dolla Mic
9
1:57
 
I'm Cheatin'
10
3:42
 
You Won't Be Lonely
11
0:59
 
Love Ultra
12
3:51
 
Travelin Girl
13
4:29
 
If You Want To (feat. Lloyd Dwaye & J. Tait)
14
4:00
 
Shady
15
4:29
 
70's
16
1:48
 
Vain
17
4:52
 
Spiritual
18
2:00
 
I'm Sorry (Wake the Musical Baby)
19
3:47
 
Body Rock
20
3:09
 

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