Eric Benet Talks the Evolution of R&B, "Lost in Time" and How He Doesn't Prefer Added Bells and Whistles
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:50:47
R&B singer Eric Benét sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to chat about his new album, Lost in Time. The former husband of Halle Berry opens up about the mid-'70s soul and R&B influence that powers the record. He also agilely talks about the evolution of R&B, and how he prefers the "old school" sound, where to be classified as an R&B artist, you had to actually be able to sing, sans the modern amenities, conveniences and trickery provided by the studio! Benet moves away from Auto-Tuned electronic sounds and into something much more organic, timeless, and real.
Benét also talks about the song "Sometimes I Cry," which is erected on emotionality and musicianship. He points out that it's just his voice and some horns, and that he prefers that stripped down, sparse sound. His voice carries the song and in this genre, it's supposed to.
Benét also mentions some of the bands he grew up listening to, shedding light on Singers Unlimited, Queen and Steely Dan and their sphere of influence on his version of R&B.
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