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The most recent release from Michael Lington, Soul Appeal, contains elements of jazz, instrumentals and soulful melodies that really bring this album to life.
Soul Appeal has strong jazz influences and that is the main highlight of every track on the album. The album has a way of combining these more classical elements of music into a way that feels modern and upbeat.
The record also features a variety of other musicians that come together to form a jam band session feel. So, it feels organic that these artists come together in order to produce this high quality of musicianship. Lington plays the alto and tenor sax on the record, which stand out on every track. Other musicians that are featured on Soul Appeal include Shedrick Mitchell, Paul Jackson Jr., Ray Parker Jr. and Phil Hamilton.
At times, the album does have a very classic, throwback feel when the alto and tenor sax highlighted like on tracks like "Manhattan Nights" and "Follow Your Heart," but overall the album has a more modern and strong creative tone that can be felt in the musicianship and arrangements.
The tracks that will really appeal to more Top 40-driven fans will be "Gonna Love You Tonite" and "Leave Me You," which features the vocals of Ryan Shaw. "Gonna Love You Tonite" features the vocal work of Kenny Lattimore.
It is refreshing to hear the influences and styles that are often sampled for popular songs in 2014 brought back to life in its full glory once again.
Other stand out tracks on the album include "Uptown Groove," "Going Home" and "Double Down."