|Carl Thomas: The Bad Boy of R&B
Three years ago, Carl Thomas was hot
with his debut album featuring the hit
“I Wish”. He was all over the radio,
the video channels, criss-crossing the
nation on tour. Like many people, I
thought this was a major star in the
making. After all, R&B music was sorely
lacking, and a singer like Carl was just
what the marketplace needed. So the
second album shouldn’t be too far off,
Fast forward to 2004…. Introducing “Let’s Talk About It”, the hot new
CD from the Bad Boy of Soul Carl Thomas. They say good things come to
those who wait. Evidently, the time off was a good thing. The first two
singles “She Is’ featuring LL Cool J, and the current hit the “Make It
Alright” have thrust Carl back into the limelight.
With production from Just Blaze, Stevie J, Mike City, Mario Winans, and
Carl, “Let’s Talk About It” is an interesting mix of contemporary R&B and
hip-hop soul. The beats make you wanna move on “Anything” and “My
First Love”, while “But Me” and “Dreamer” have mid-tempo rhythm
tracks that create a nice vibe.
Ultimately, Mr Thomas is at his best when he’s crooning the slow jams
like “All You’ve Given”, “Work It Out”, and the melodic “Baby Maker”.
Give a listen to the progressive “Know It’s Alright (interlude), which has
a Marvin Gaye-ish music track, a spoken word piece by Malik Yuseff, and
silky smooth vocals from Carl.
“Let’s Talk About It” is a great example of how today’s R&B should
sound, brought to you by Chicago’s own Carl Thomas