Tender & Romantic
A Hopeless Romantic
Ever since 2002, singer-songwriter-musician Kem
has been releasing tender, gentle, hopelessly romantic
jazz-R&B ballads that have made ladies from South Carolina to South
Africa swoon. And his latest album, Intimacy: Album III, which
released in the U.S. on Aug. 17, 2010, is no exception. The album
definitely lives up to it's name: all nine songs on this hour-long
release are deeply sensual tracks that will likely hit all the right
notes for women the world over. In fact, instead of Intimacy,
the album just as well could have been called
How to Seduce a Woman, Vol. 3 and still easily lived up to its title.
There are no bad songs or even fast-forward material on Intimacy,
but that being said, some of Kem
's tracks stand out a little more than others.
And one of the album's highlights is "Share My Life"
, a superbly romantic
tune about a man expressing to his lady how much he
wants to be with her forever: "Share my life, trust in me, you're all I
want, everything I need," he sings. "Maybe I'm a dreamer, you're still
my queen, your love's like a river, girl, it's runnin' right through
me." The song starts of tenderly and romantically, but by the end of
it, the track has evolved into a bold, soaring declaration.
Also worthy of praise is the laid back "Can You Feel It," during which Kem
puts his powers of seduction to work: "For every woman that needs a
man, there's a man that needs you too, maybe I'm the man for you/You
feel my heart, you fill my life, you make my day, I'm more in every
way, 'cause you open me, can you feel it?" Kem also has another winner
in "Love Never Fails," a tender ballad about a man who has broken up
with a lover but still remains hopelessly in love with and devoted to
Kem also is outstanding on "Why Would You Stay,"
a smartly-conceived ballad about a man who feels so horrible about
disappointing his woman (exactly how isn't explained) that he tells her
he wouldn't blame her for leaving him - then goes about convincing her
to stay with him. The song, like almost every other track on Intimacy,
is very well written and epitomizes why Kem is popular; he has an
amazing knack for tapping into what women feel, think and want to hear
and manages to articulate this smoothly and eloquently. Not since '90s
singer Babyface was on top of the charts has a man been so adept at
seducing women on songs.
Although this is a solid album from top to bottom
and can easily be listened to all the way through without
feeling the need to hit the fast forward button, it isn't perfect. If
you're not already in the bedroom when listening to Intimacy,
prolonged listening just might put you to sleep. And the album's last
track, "Golden Days," features a spoken word segment by neo-Soul
goddess Jill Scott that doesn't quite fit in with the jazz-R&B vibe
of the other eight songs. But to be honest, this is just nitpicking.
All in all, this is one of the better albums of 2010, without a doubt.