"Soulife" is a considerable improvement over Anthony Hamilton's debut, "Comin' From Where I'm From," an album I kinda liked but didn't completely warm up to. As predicted, several hastily-written five star reviews have praised this album to high heaven. I guess, relative to the crap that's currently out there, "Soulife" could indeed be a five star record, but I'd hesitate to jump on the bandwagon and heap superlatives like some other people have. It's a GOOD--not great--record that capably does what it wants to do: give the listener a deep-fried platter of gritty soul with a nod to the old school. From track to track, Hamilton had me pleasantly surprised, but what may be the biggest surprise is that this CD is actually a grab-bag of material that was apparently recorded before his debut. Regardless, much of ths stuff here works. Some of the more memorable tunes here are "Last Night," the breakup tune "I Cry," "Day Dreamin'," and "Love and War," featuring Macy Gray. If I had to pick a bad tune off this album, I'd be at a loss. "Soulife" is a collection of tunes well sung and well written, and it makes me look forward to Hamilton's next CD.