- Released: February 6, 2001
- Label: Delicious Vinyl
Q - 5/97, p.1143 Stars (out of 5)
- "...their most cohesive set yet, a simmering collection of sweaty funk workouts dispatched with the band's unique sense of cool."
JazzTimes - 10/97, p.86
"...the familiar Brit-influenced grooves are in place....there isn't a whole lot of envelope pushing here, just a pleasant holding pattern."
Vibe - 6-7/97, p.165
"...With SHELTER, the Heavies prove they're still the feel-good band they've always been, serving up a hearty stew of deep grooves, breezy horns, and funky bass lines..."
- 1.I Like It
- 4.Crying Water
- 5.Day by Day
- 6.Feels Like Right
- 7.Highest High
- 8.You Are the Universe
- 9.Stay Gone
- 10.Once Is Twice Enough
- 11.You Can Do It
- 12.After Forever
- 13.Last to Know
- 14.You've Got a Friend
Brand New Heavies: Jan Kincaid (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion);
Siedah Garrett (vocals); Simon Bartholomew (guitar, background vocals); Andrew Levy (bass, percussion, tambourine, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Neil Cowley (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards); Gavyn Wright, Wilf Gibson, Jim McLeod, Perry Montague-Mason, Dave Nolan, Boguslav Kostecki (violin); Peter Lale, Garfield Jackson (viola); Tony Pleeth, Paul Kegg (cello); Michael Smith, Paul Wiemar (saxophone); Gerald Presencer (trumpet, flugelhorn); Noel Langley (trumpet); Dennis Rollins, Pat Hartley (trombone); Chris Laurence, Mike Brittain (bass); Jeff Scantlebury (congas, percussion); Yo Yo, Henry Binns, Beverly Brown, Richard Wayler (background vocals).
By the time the Brand New Heavies released Shelter in 1997, urban R&B was shifting toward the more organic grooves that they helped pioneer in the early '90s. Although the Heavies were into acid jazz as well, they smoothed over many of the experimental elements of their music in the mid-'90s, leaving behind a seductive, earthy, and jazzy variation of urban soul. That provided the foundation for Shelter, their first album featuring Siedah Garrett as lead singer. Garrett's smooth voice helps push the band toward more conventional territory, yet their songwriting is stronger than most of the contemporaries, and their sound is funkier and more convincing. While there are no standout singles on Shelter, it's a uniformly engaging listen, illustrating that the Brand New Heavies are one of the great underrated urban R&B bands of the '90s. ~ Leo Stanley