- Released: January 22, 2002
- Label: Astralwerks
Mixmag - 2/02, p.594 out of 5
- "...Naked Music is known for music that's deep, soulful, largely song-based and always immaculately produced. And this album is no exception....The good stuff here...are splendid songs that demand your listening..."
- 1.Let's Do It Together
- 2.Close to Home
- 3.Music & Wine - (Teksoul Dub)
- 4.Sweeter Love
- 5.Pure - (Jay's Nitelife Dub)
- 6.All I Need
- 7.Very Good Friends
- 9.Grace - (Freedom Dub)
- 10.Love Yourself
- 11.Come Inside
- 12.Music & Wine
- 14.Beautiful Tomorrow
Blue Six: Jay Denes (keyboards, programming).
Additional personnel includes: Lisa Shaw, Monique Bingham, Diva Blue, Catherine Russell, Eve Robinson (vocals); Mark Anthony Jones (guitar, background vocals); Dave Jensen (saxophone); Dave Warrin (Clavinet, keyboards).
Personnel: Mark Anthony Jones (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Diva Blue, Lysa, Lisa Shaw, Monique Bingham, Catherine Russell (vocals); Kirk Douglass (guitar); Jay Rodriguez , Richard Worth (flute); Dave Jensen (saxophone); Fabio Morgera (trumpet); Dave Warrin (Clavinet, keyboards); Albert Sterling Menendez (keyboards); Carlos Gom‚z (congas).
Audio Mixer: Jay Denes.
Recording information: Naked Music, New York, NY.
Too much of a good thing is, well, too much. Listen to the first cut on Blue Six's Beautiful Tomorrow and you'll think, hey, this is sweet: lounge-y warm house music, toasty synth washes that cascade atop a penetrating (but not intrusive) bottom end. This is positive energy, not the seedy late-night vibes often associated with the genre and after-hours clubbing. Each track is a lofty, dreamy soundscape, one that listeners will easily succumb to. But when you fast-forward to 14 tracks later and this is what you're still hearing, you're faced with a decision: Chuck the record because it is painfully mundane as a collection, or take a song or two and put it on a mixed CD. Recommendation: Go for the latter. Beautiful Day is good stuff, but taken in small doses. ~ Liana Jonas