I really love neo-soul music. I love the sound of it, the soul of it, and the culture around it. When I listen to the music I can't help but feel alive and in touch with what life is really about. This is how I feel when I listen to the music of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Angie Stone, and Maxwell just to name a few. All of these artist in their own way have helped me (through their music) to wrestle with some of the deep complexities of life and love and I know many others who feel the same way. However, despite the influence of the Neo-Soul music genre and culture, few have taken time to analyze its origin and progression. In our current age of commercial "hip hop" proliferation and over analyzing, hip hop's cultural sibling "neo-soul" often gets overshadowed. But hopefully this will change with author Chris Campbell's new book The Essential Neo Soul. I have not read it, but I've ordered it and read raving reviews about it so I feel confident in endorsing it. But if you don't trust me, trust author and music critic Shamontiel whose review of the book is linked to this post. You should check it out, its hot and Shamontiel's writings are very insightful and fun.
Compassionately and Critically yours, Billy Michael Honor
Author Chris Campbell Breaks Down the Art of Neo Soul in The Essential Neo Soul
When you see the category neo soul in a music store or a radio station online, do you know what it means? Author Chris Campbell's book "The Essential Neo Soul" breaks it down in 101 artists plus honorable mentions.