Reviewed: Richie Spice - Black Man Time
Richie Spice's 11th studio album, 'Black Man Time,' takes listeners on a captivating musical journey, with a mix of reprises, renditions, and originals. Explore the highs and lows of his 11th album.
- Lloyd Laing, Music Analyst
I've always been in awe of Richie Spice's intricate artistry in his music. He possesses a remarkable ability to effortlessly float like a feather while carrying the weight of a stone in his musical expressions.
Recently, Richie Spice unveiled his 11th album, a 14 track project titled "Black Man Time."
The initial half of the album features captivating revisits, such as the opening track "Tea Bread" and "Satisfaction," interwoven with fresh gems like "Real Love" and an infectious rendition of Lionel Richie's timeless classic, "All Night Long." These offerings make the first part of the album a delightful and engaging listen.
However, the album appears to lose its momentum until we encounter the collaboration "Young Juvenile" with the legendary Louie Culture.
The latter half of the album is characterized by lackluster interpretations and well-worn rhythms, though it does have shining moments, including the collaboration with Charly Black on "Searching For," which helps the album recapture some of its earlier energy.
In the end, it seems that the concept of this album as something entirely "new" was somewhat overstated.
As a curated collection featuring intriguing reimaginings, renditions, and original compositions, "Black Man Time" could have had a more significant impact with a more concise selection of tracks.
For those eager to explore Richie Spice's latest musical creation, "Black Man Time" is now available on all major streaming platforms.
It's an album that showcases his undeniable talent and, while not flawless, still manages to deliver moments of musical brilliance.