ALBUM REVIEWS: Billy Valentine (10/10)

The Universal Truth 

Downtown Music / Direct Music Services
(North America) Ace Music (elsewhere)

Producer: Bob Thiele, Jr.

Sharing classics made famous by Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Gilbert Scott-Heron, Prince, and more, Valentine gathers heavyweights, including Pino Palladino, Jeff Parker, Larry Goldings, and Abe Rounds, for soulful jazz with a timely message. Elegantly recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Way and Chris Allen, Valentine’s incredible vocals render the listener entranced and breathless, and leave the powerful, emotive lyrics to pull at their soul. Pure exquisite magic. The vocal masterclass. – Andrea Beenham