Lisa Simone – In Need of Love (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:34 minutes | 541 MB | Genre: Soul, Vocal Jazz, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Elektra France
Lisa Simon Kelly, known by her stage name Lisa Simon, is an American singer, composer and actress, known for her work on Broadway and beyond in such productions as La Boheme, The Lion King, Aida, and Les Miserables. She is the only child of musician and civil rights activist Nina Simon and executive producer of the Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”. Simone’s albums include “Simone on Simone”, “All is Well”, “My World” and “Live at the Edge”. Lisa Simon announces the continuation of her artistic adventure with the release in September of her new album, “In Need of Love”. Opus, which sounds like a look at her life, is an intimate and powerful introspection. The fate of Lisa Simon is the fate of a child who must grow up in the shadow of his mother, often in her absence, who was constantly on the road, carrying his art to the public around the world.
The Need of Love opens with pounding underarm drums, an imprint of Africa cleverly placed here as if to remind us that so many genres of music (soul, jazz, rock and everything in between) owe their success to the ancestral rhythms of this continent. Across this global heritage, Lisa Simone also evokes her own past as well as that of her mother’s, the legendary Nina Simone. During her tumultuous life, her mother fought not only to be recognised for her own talent, but also led considerable fights during the civil rights movement, as well as battling some inner demons. An interesting but difficult legacy which Lisa Simone firsty avoided.
She joined the US Air Force in the 90s, but was eventually drawn back to music, so much of which runs through her veins. She has now faced her past and touches on her renowned mother on Libations, Ghost, Tonight and Legacy (on this one, she expresses her honour and joy of having such a unique heritage). Composed with the Senegalese guitarist Hervé Samb, and produced by the drummer Régis Ceccarelli (Chats Sauvages, Dee Dee Bridgewater), these songs are all of a great variety: Motown-style pop on The Reckoning or Touchy Subjects, funky jazz for Wonderful and Secret & Lies, a suave ballad on The Need of Love and gospel soul for the single Right Now. The Need of Love is a hand-crafted piece of art made for a voice in direct contact with the heart and soul, a platform for a voice which exudes pure, elegant talent. – Benjamin MiNiMuM
03. Right Now
04. The Reckoning
05. Had I Known
06. In Need of Love
08. Secrets & Lies
10. Touchy Subject
12. Remember to Remember