...Left

...Left

by Eric RobersonEric Roberson

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Overview

Eric Roberson (or "Erro" as his cult of fans refer to him) bookends ...Left with what acts as the album's most elaborate musical statements. "Music" is a Latin-tinged number, fit with choruses of horn blasts and a ride-out sax solo that sets the record off with Roberson in full character. Grinding on the scene since a failed relationship with Warner in the '90s, Roberson is not only a grizzled vet on the soul scene, but perhaps new-soul "music"'s hardest worker, constantly touring, writing for the genres more visible acts (Jill Scott, Vivian Green) and running an indie label (Blue Erro Soul), which released ...Left and 2005's Appetizer. "Music" is a song where Roberson admits "I hope you got the CD and it's not a burn, now. And even if it is, I'm glad I got your ears" and calls himself (very accurately) a "soul survivor." He's survived in this industry thanks to songs like the album's closer "Couldn't Hear Her" and "Smoke Signals -- Man Who Had It All." The former is a reprise of what has become a Roberson standard, "Couldn't Hear Me" (Presents: The Vault, Vol. 1.5), this time expressing how via his singularly focused career and tireless work he has carried on at the expense of love. The final five minutes of the nine-minute song features a scorching guitar solo (courtesy of Curtis Chambers from of Philly-based Franklin Bridge) that wails over a track full of regret. "Smoke Signals" is the type of divergent trip from a soul artist that displays Roberson's artistic ambitions aren't in a box. Sandwiched between these three songs is Roberson's level-headed crooning and adult content -- adult because it's mature and keen, not profane or vulgar. "Pretty Girl" is earnest in its concern for the song's lost souls. "Right or Wrong" is honest, not cavalier. Because he pulls off what his peers (many better known) struggle to do, it's clear that Eric Roberson is a veteran in his prime, and ...Left is an all-star performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
Label: Blue Erro Soul
UPC: 0775020789128
catalogNumber: 6
Rank: 210906

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Roberson   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards
Curtis Jones   Trombone
Wayne Moore   Bass
Dana Sorey   Bass,Keyboards
Leonard Tribbett   Drums
Chris Stevens   Trumpet
Darnell Miller   Guitar
Kev Brown   Musician
Parris Bowens   Keyboards
Supa Dave West   Musician
Curtis Chambers   Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist
Mark Hamilton   Musician
Nicole Hamilton   Musician
Chris Tribbett   Saxophone
Delandria Mills   Flute
Jeffrey Jones   Saxophone
Harold "Telly" Felder   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Wayne Moore   Producer
James Poyser   Producer
DJ Spinna   Producer
Eric Roberson   Producer,Executive Producer
Dana Sorey   Producer
Darnell Miller   Producer
Kev Brown   Producer
Parris Bowens   Producer
Supa Dave West   Producer
Curtis Chambers   Producer
James Roberson   Executive Producer
J Dilla   Producer
Mark Hamilton   Producer
Nicole Hamilton   Producer
Charlotte Roberson   Executive Producer
Elsa Lathan   Public Relations

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