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Carl Thomas gained plenty of experience--musical and otherwise--over the course of his lifetime A native of Chicagos projects Carl credits three forces for steering him towards music church school and avoiding gang activity From a young age he knew hed make his mark in music In addition to the R and B and hip-hop he grew up with he also broadened his tastes to include such artists as Sting Roberta Flack and James Taylor Its all about choices he says Moreover the use of samples here always is subtle and tasteful For example the signature acoustic guitar riff from Stings Shape of My Heart helps the melody of the Mario Winans produced title tracks tug at the heartstrings yet it doesnt distract from the song Elsewhere a sampled synthesized string figure from BIGs My Downfall gives Woke Up in the Morning one of the tracks on which Puffy does lend some production help some of its emotional power but a minimalist rhythm track and Thomas vocals give it the rest The lyrics which he had a large share in writing are not exactly genius however I felt they are good for a debut artist He deals with the typical romance issues of trying to get love hold onto love and recapture love but also dives into more complex love themes His vocals are great with lots of adlibs and vibrato that give feeling and heart to the songs The first single of the album I Wish is an example of this with its driving beat catchy piano riff and lyrics addressing a complex situation Even the token all out sexual song that shows up on or dominates in some cases most RB albums these daysLady Lay Your Body is done in a classy manner Carl Thomass world class vocals make those songs listenable but even his voice cant save Summer Rain an remake of Stevie Wonders classic Summer Soft from his songs in
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