|"Three Chords & the Truth": Anthony David
By Mike Heyliger
I'm always appreciative when an artist brings
something new to the table, and Atlanta's
Anthony David is definitely a breath of fresh
air. The singer/guitarist, who cut his teeth
fronting rock band Deja Nu and also worked
with india.arie on her first album, will now
inevitably get compared to the "other R&B cat
with a guitar", Lyfe Jennings, but his music is a
a little more acoustic based and less gimmicky. "Three Chords & the
Truth" is a solid album that shows off David's raspy tenor vocals
(think Big Bub from Today or James "D-Train" Williams) and
sumptuous Stevie-esque grooves.
David is definitely a brotha with a purpose, as topical songs like
"Cheatin' Man" and "Krooked Kop" suggest. He's also willing to tackle
multiple genres of music. "50/50 Love" is a breezy, reggae-tinged
duet with Julie Dexter that ranks with the best tracks on this album.
David also wins over the listener with songs like the mid-tempo
groove "Yes", a song with Latin accents that will remind many of
"Innervisions"-era Stevie. Another cut to check out is "GA Peach", an
upbeat, witty tribute to the women of the Sothern state far better
than anything most of the recent rush of ATL-rappers could think of.
This Brash Records album is an excellent find for fans of "organic" R&B
acts like Van Hunt and Anthony Hamilton (the contemporary R&B
artist to whom David will liukely most be compared to). He's got some
serious songwriting skills, a unique voice, and despite the somewhat
unnecessary remixes that pad the album, "3 Chords & the Truth" is
an excellent record.
Visit Anthony's website at: www.anthonydavidmusic.com