Lemoyne Alexander – Solitude (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:39 minutes | 516 MB | Genre: Alternative, Pop Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Isotopia Records
Lemoyne Alexander is still an unknown for many people. On closer inspection, however, the American turns out to be a successful, gold- and platinum-refined producer, musician and songwriter.
With Solitude, the album belies it’s title with its promise of quiet introspection. From the top, the cautionary tale of Cookie Jar and the sexy strut of Black Dress inform the listener that Lemoyne Alexander came to rock. And rock he does, as he winds his way through a manner of Rock, Funk and Blues-hued settings which allow his soulful voice to shine.
The album’s lead single Hollywood Blvd., is a love-letter to everyone’s fantasy version of Los Angeles with it’s empty promises of superstardom. Why Does It Hurt So Bad and Please Forgive Me slow the tempo while returning Lemoyne to his Chicago roots where the Blues flourished in his childhood while bookending a trio of 80s-styled cuts, Say Yeah with its psychedelic groove and Scandalous and Block Party which invoke the funky spirit of Minneapolis.
The deeply personal title tune Solitude is a dedicated to his father Oscar “Smitty” Smith who passed before the recording of the album, and holds the distinction of opening the door with Isotopia Records. Closing out the album is Euphoria an epic nearly seven minute long instrumental which allows Alexander’s guitar work to shine.
In the 80s Alexander was frontman and producer of the band The Fascination. In the 90s, he built a successful career as a producer, where he worked in several genres; but primarily focused on rap. He founded the production team 3 da Hardway with rapper Mr. Lee on Jive Records. 3 da Hardway worked with R. Kelly, Aaliyah, Nuttin Nyce, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, etc. In 2000, he was even named the Producer of the Year by the Chicago Sun Times, among others for his work with Doug E Fresh, DMX, Fat Joe, Twista, Layzie Bone, Scarface and Paul Wall, such high-caliber of the era.
02. Cookie Jar
03. Black Dress
04. Hollywood Boulevard
07. Why Does It Hurt So Bad
08. Say Yeah
10. Block Party
11. Please Forgive Me