If you thought Detroit was full to the brim with angry rappers suing their mom’s and retro rockers blanching at the sight of a dat machine you’d be overlooking Dwele. Dwele (short for Andwele, which translates to “God has brought me” in Swahili it says here) is a singer and producer who has a penchant for old soul. ‘Subject’ is an earnest, jazz tinged, hip-hop scented, soulful R&B album that is (apparently) nu-soul.
Before I go on I should say that I don’t hear too much soul and R&B (I’ve nothing against it, I just don’t get sent much of it and tend to buy other things), there are sure to be many people who love this album. The problem I have with it is that, to listen to, it’s a bit dull. A flat tempo throughout makes this album too easy to ignore. I have listen to it several times, and am doing so now, and I can’t think of what the last song sounded like. It’s like wallpaper, a small part of it that is a nice design gets lost in the whole. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is a bad album. Just not an especially good one.
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Label : Virgin
Release Date : 19 May 2003
Website : www.dewle.net