Gregory Porter’s latest album is filled with wonderful arrangements and rich vocals to make it an enjoyable album to listen to.
There really is something so comforting and reassuring about listening to Gregory Porter’s voice that instantly soothes the soul and this comes through beautifully on his latest album.
While some might find it quite sedate, it would be easy to argue that in fact with this album it is actually filled with impact and drama thanks to some gorgeous arrangements on songs such as ‘L-O-V-E’ and ‘When Love Was King’ for example.
On this album it really comes across as though Porter wants to take a small step back, and allows the musicians standing right by him to take a share of the limelight too – showing just how much of a gracious artist he is.
Everything about Nat King Cole & Me is easy and relaxed and offers the listener to sit up and take notice of the music in an unobtrusive way – for example on ‘Miss Otis Regrets’ might feature Porter’s signature style of vocals, the arrangement actually means that the somewhat dark lyrics really ring out perfectly to capture the listener’s attention.
It has to be said that there are moments when the album and the songs just do what is expected and doesn’t really offer any refreshing insights into the songs such as ‘Mona Lisa’. But on the flip side of this, you can not really fault the way in which Porter really sings his heart and soul into every song – particularly felt on ‘I Wonder Who My Daddy is’ that is filled heart wrenching emotion that is difficult not to get caught up in.
Overall, this gentle and easy going album showcases a singer who knows how to interpret a song with grace, style and charm. Perfect to listen to if you are in need of some time to reflect.
Nat King Cole & Me is available to buy now.