Carlton Jumel Smith
1634 Lexington Avenue
Carlton Jumel Smith has perfectly embodied the timeless sound of Soul/R&B with his debut album 1634 Lexington Avenue. The New York native has spent the majority of his existence perfecting his craft, and it shows. Smith’s raw and sultry vocals ahead of a masterfully tuned band will send you to a time warped dream land. A place where your daily driver converts to a straight-off-the-lot ‘76 Cadillac Eldorado. As it pounds the pavement, the music floats into the streets and you approach your destination: A soul-fuelled sonic paradise.
There isn’t a bad track on the album. Every song brings you to a different place. Tracks like “We’re All We Got” and “You Gonna Need Me” are flawless executions in music. While many could say the time for this sound at the top is long gone, Smith lets us know good music can find you, and pierce you, regardless of the musical climate. Carrying you from the dancefloor to the bedroom, if you love the sounds of artists like Al Green, Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield, this is the album you need.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: CARLTON JUMEL SMITH – 1634 LEXINGTON AVENUE