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Airtight’s Revenge
Plug Research | CD

Written by  Rico Washington


When a black artist does an about-face to what is considered conventional for black artists, there’s bound to be a cavalcade of detractors singing the haters’ anthem.

But judging from the heady rock of “Levels” and the funky dystopic tale “She’s Flying,” Airtight’s Revenge (a Donald Goines reference) is a shockingly solid effort that manages to seamlessly meld social commentary, existentialism and affairs of the heart. Arriving at just a shade under a decade behind its predecessor, this sophomore juggernaut is an eclectic, guitar-driven 11-track jaunt through the Zappa-esque world of one of the silkiest soul singers in the game.

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