Left by Eric Roberson
Eric Roberson is one of the best independent artists you’ll find. Not only has he released several albums on his own label, Blue Erro Soul, but his writing credits include songs for such artists as Musiq Soulchild (Previous Cats), Vivian Green (Emotional Rollercoaster), 112 (Funny Feelings) and Carl Thomas (Rebound) to name a few. The first time I heard Eric Roberson’s music was after a visit to the popular Chicago record store, Dr. Wax. I was shopping for soul music and I asked the owner if he could suggest someone. He asked, “Have you heard of Eric Roberson?” When I told him I hadn’t, his face lit up and he said, “You need to get an Eric Roberson album ASAP! Pick any one of them. They’re all good.” I took his suggestion and he was right. That was several years ago and I’ve been just as impressed by Eric Roberson’s work since then. Left is one of his many amazing albums.
Left was released in 2007 and features songs with Phonte, Algebra, and Curt Chambers. The album starts with the perfect track, Music, in which Eric says “Music can take ya higher…you can dance, you can dream, you can laugh, you can cry, but just sing along. I do this music here for ears left out for years. Something that ya’ll can feel, relate to that is real.” That sets the tone for the other songs on the album, all of which show his natural creativity in describing experiences that we can find familiar. For example, check out the clip below of him doing a freestyle using words he receives from the audience.
Trust me, the same originality that you’ll see in this clip is present on Left. Look for it this week along with Eric Roberson’s other albums: The Appetizer, Erro Live Vol: DC, Esoteric, The Vault Vol. 1and The Vault Vol. 1.5. You can find them on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.