Marcell & The Truth
There are not many soul/r&b bands around these days. The question becomes why that is so. One can say that hip-hop and its commercial success has killed many aspects of R&B/ Soul music, by putting the weight of creativity in the beat and hook instead of the featured artist. As a former singer I will tell you it takes a real talent and discipline to perform with a live band as oppose to a produced track. With that said it can be safe to say (these days) not many of today's singers may possess such talents and the era of the soul band is dead. I am going to present evidence contrary to that belief. Marcell and The Truth are a collective soul of extraordinary talents. Not since a group named Change that featured a then unknown Luther Vandross has there been a band whose sound is such a wide spectrum of soul with such beautiful instrumental and lyrical content.
Marcell and The Truth return with their sophomore project titled Symbols. The sound on this album shows tremendous growth and incorporates equal parts of gospel, jazz and soul. Marcell’s smoky smooth vocals lead this band of musical geniuses who create and move the mood with the simple nuance of a note. Lyrically Marcell sings of minor moments of love and make them grand and special. There is a story behind every groove and you can’t help but fall in love or contemplate the prospect of falling in love. Marcell sings with so much compassion in the songs “You Saved Me” and “Just to be loved” that a love song becomes spiritual in how he moves the listener with his emotional performance. There are so many standout tracks for so many reasons I cannot list them all in this review. “Symbols” is a musical journey down a path less traveled but yet so familiar. Marcell and The Truth’s album Symbols is an extraordinary example of what a real love and talent for music sounds like.
Reviewed by Ayejay ‘Da Muzik Hunta’Marcell And The Truth