Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Album Review: MoZella–“The Brian Holland Sessions”

Mozella Brian Holland Sessions

The Brian Holland Sessions

The Detroit songstress MoZella has a voice that is bursting at the seams with sassy yet charming personality. Harking back to the kind of charisma of the best female soul and R&B singers of the ‘60s, she is a refreshing alternative to the auto-tuned pop singers in vogue at the moment. If she has a formula, it is delivering a song with emotion, soul and an honest presentation of the song.

Here, she teams with legendary Motown songwriter, Brian Holland to deliver ten songs that will make your feet move, your soul groove and fingers snap.

MoZella “The Brian Holland Sessions” available July 27, 2012

MoZella’s voice lends itself to many genre from straight ahead pop, to soul and swinging jazz. It’s a natural for presenting Brian Holland’s music. Holland wrote classic songs such as "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" for Martha and the Vandellas, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" for Marvin Gaye, "Baby I Need Your Loving" for the Four Tops and hit songs by The Supremes like "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and "You Keep Me Hangin' On."

After a career working with those legends the chemistry that is apparent between him an MoZella I hits a sweet spot from the opening tune, "You Don't Love Anyone But Yourself,". The tune is a sweeping declaration of hurt and would have been right at home in The Supremes' repertoire.

‘You Don’t Love Anyone But Yourself” Mozella–The Brian Holland Sessions
The first single from the album is a driving drum/bass rhythmic tune  that has become the signature of Holland, "Another You" it’s hooky, it’s bouncy pop and it’s wonderfully symphonic.

Co-produced by Holland along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Wilder (Macy Gray & Ghostface Killah) there is not a weak song on the album. "Exception" is classic romantic tune that makes the dance floor beckon for a slow dance. Other notable tunes include “Little Bit” a plaintive cry in the dark. “I Told You So” is a bouncy straight ahead pop tune that’ll have you tapping out the rhythm.

“I’m In Love Again’ is classic Motown while “Hello Sunshine’ has that classic doo-wop  R&B feel. Pick this one up to but some breezy summer into your ears.



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