Review by Angela Lester
About a year ago, I went to a concert. I was late as usual. While waiting for my eyes to adjust to the darkness, I stopped in my tracks on the way to my seat. There was a man on stage with a guitar. He was lit by a single spotlight and he was painting a story. As I was shown to my seat, I asked the usher the identity of the singer. “Anthony David” he said.
See, I was familiar with Anthony David, but I’d never heard him perform live and I didn’t know he was on the concert ticket; otherwise, I’d have been on time. David continues to paint stories on his fifth studio album, Love Out Loud.
David’s rich and recognizable baritone makes Love Out Loud extremely listener friendly. Alternatively raspy and then clear as a bell, David’s voice makes each song memorable.
The opening track, “Aspiracy,” is multilayered. It is a song of hope reminiscent of social commentary songs of the seventies, while using audio from the Mars landing. At the same time, it seems to be about an ordinary man just trying to find a “better place.”
But then, David takes the listener on a ride of the different phases of love. Beginning with the title track “Love Out Loud” he encourages the listener to love freely and openly.
“It can make you weak and it can make you helpless. But it can make you strong and it can make you selfless. It can drive you crazy and it can make you reckless. But it’s the only way you’ll ever know you’re alive!”
It’s a wonderful track filled with real instrumentation and background vocals by All Walks of Life. It’s almost a gospel tune. He tells the listener to ‘…love like you’ve never been hurt before.”
But David recognizes weakness in the next track, “Can’t Look Down,” where he acknowledges that he can’t truly love out loud because if he looks down, “he might enjoy the view.’
“Jaded” is a track where he admits that he is jaded when it comes to love because he’s been hurt before.
The album paints a picture of love and I’ll leave the rest of the picture for you to experience. Filled with tracks featuring live instrumentation, it’s a pleasure to listen to in your headphones. The music goes from gospel tinged, to go-go boot worthy, to reggae. It features superb duets with Demetria Mckinney and Algebra.
You need to add this album to your collection.
Anthony David’s “Sweet Pain” video.