Album Review: The Room by Ricky Reed (10/10)

Distributed by: Nice Life

Produced by: Ricky Reed

While Reed is the artist on this project, released through his Nice Life imprint, the master producer magnanimously spotlights a stellar cast who collaborated remotely. “Us (How Sweet It Was) featuring Jim James and duendita, glides on a Great American Song Book melody, whereas “Real Magic” with Terrace Martin & St. Panther, is aloft on sensual warmth. John-Robert, with pop purveyor Alessia Cara, adds his beguiling falsetto to “Fav Boy.” Leon Bridges and Kiana Ledé make it all “Better,” and Godfather666’s disarmingly tender voice is spellbinding on “No Future.” In troubled times, Reed casts a comforting aura illuminated in immediacy and cerebral sensitivity.

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