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Southern Comfort Import, Best of, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (April 3 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Best of, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Merovingian
  • ASIN: B000N3ST1G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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1. They Don't Know
2. Magnolia's Room
3. Why
4. Don't Say What You Won't Do
5. Glad U Called
6. Fallin In Love Again
7. Trouble
8. Never Give Up
9. Better Love
10. Please
11. Sailin Away

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Hamilton,Anthony ~ Southern Comfort

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa501edbc) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de39fc) out of 5 stars Not Bad; 3 ½ Stars April 15 2007
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anthony Hamilton is an exceptional example of the underrated R&B singer. Hamilton has pipes that could easily trump R&B male stars that sell perhaps twice, thrice, or quadrupel as much as his material. I was personally saddened when I saw AIN'T NOBODY WORRYIN' only be certified gold; personally, I think Hamilton is one of today's very best representations of what R&B should sound like because he draws so much from the past-- he's been constantly compared to soul great Bill Withers, and that comparison isn't so far fetched. With that said, "underrated" is an incredible understatement, considering the wealth of material Hamilton has recorded that most fans don't even know existed. SOUTHERN COMFORT is yet another compilation of past Anthony Hamilton which has some on-point numbers, as well as other numbers you wished had remained unreleased. The best are exceptional, or at least partially rival some strong Hamilton material ("They Don't Know"), while the worst/most awkward you wonder why it was even recorded ("Magnolia's Room"). Personally, I can tell you that if you are a fan of Anthony Hamilton ala 2003 or 2005 (COMIN' FROM WHERE I'M FROM or AIN'T NOBODY WORRYIN'), you won't be impressed with this set of unreleased material. SOULIFE, Hamilton's first set of unreleased tracks is much better than SOUTHERN COMFORT. Most important to know is that SOUTHERN COMFORT is a pick & choose sort of album.

"They Don't Know" is the best track from SOUTHERN COMFORT in my opinion, even if it doesn't quite accurately rival Hamilton's more heart-wrenching, soulful numbers (Think "Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens", "Charlene", "I'm A Mess", "Comin' From Where I'm From", "Can't Let Go", "Never Love Again"). The production is a bit more adventurous in one fold than we've seen on modern Anthony Hamilton, but Hamilton doesn't sound quite as soulful here as he does on his So-So Def releases. The "breakdown" portion of "They Don't Know" is top notch though, and it is something that in Hamilton's modern recordings, we haven't seen nearly enough. R&B used to have that gospel quality to it where an extended ad-lib, "church-like" section wasn't unheard of. If for nothing else, "They Don't Know" reveals a less conservative Hamilton, even if his voice sounds more gritty, bluesy, and souful on his two "studio" affairs.

"Magnolia's Room" is just plain confusing; the songwriting isn't particularly stand-out and it just feels awkward. The production maybe what makes it odder considering it features one of the most annoying synthesizer lines I've heard for a while. It isn't Hamilton's best, and you wonder why it was released on SOUTHERN COMFORT. "Why" is much better and makes up for the oddness of "Magnolia's Room". The production is subtle, but exciting enough. Hamilton sounds strong enough here, and the songwriting is more on-point than "Magnolia's Room". It isn't "Can't Let Go" by any means, but it is an accurate enough representation of the type of musician that Hamilton is. "Don't Say What You Won't Do" reminds me a lot of "I Used To Love Someone" from Hamilton's other unreleased affair, SOULIFE. It isn't bad, and the rubato introduction reminds me of how classic soul songs used to feature ad lib, rubato introduction prior to the groove/rhythm being established. This track would've been a welcome addition to any "studio" Hamilton album considering it is top-notch quality in my opinion. Again, all things relative, it isn't "Charlene" or "Can't Let Go", but it is pretty close. The hook and the background vocals in falsetto are immaculate.

"Glad U Called" will definitely come to be known as the Anthony Hamilton song that drops the infamous "f-bomb", ultimately causing SOUTHERN COMFORT to come in two formats. With that aside, "Glad U Called" is very beautiful and it is another standout from SOUTHERN COMFORT that makes you ask the question, why was it an unreleased track? The guitar laden-production is the first thing that sticks out in the listener's mind. Then Anthony Hamilton kills it with is heart-wrenched lyrics and his soul-drenched delivery. Phenomenal. "Falling In Love Again" features a slick-enough 80's R&B feel when New-Jack was the predominant style. It definitely makes you stomp your feet and bob your head. It isn't a hit per say, and it does feel slightly dated, but it is worth a couple of listens. Again, the vocals and background vocals are great, and partially make up for slack in songwriting. "Trouble" is a great production-standout, perhaps the very best of SOUTHERN COMFORT. This track reminisces back to the production work on Maxwell's URBAN HANG SUITE or NOW, or D'Angelo's BROWN SUGAR/VOODOO. "Trouble" again, doesn't stand out as the best track Hamilton's ever recorded, but it isn't terrible. Along with that though, it may not be the most inspired either.

"Never Give Up" proves to be another TRUE standout. It rivals the very best of SOUTHERN COMFORT ("They Don't Know", "Don't Say What You Wont Do", and "Glad U Called"). Again, "Never Give Up" would've been well at home on either Anthony Hamilton studio release. The hook is great, and Hamilton sounds closer to his 2000 albums here. "Better Love" keeps the soulful vibe continuing with incredibly urbanized production, while "Please" proves to be a signature Hamilton slow jam, not incredibly different from "I Tried" or "Float" from COMIN' WHERE I'M FROM. ON "Please", Hamilton sings in falsetto, and it is incredible. As a vocalist, Hamilton's versatility still shows strongly on SOUTHERN COMFORT, even if it is a previously unreleased affair. "Sailing Away" closes the album a bit faster than the great "Please". There is an inherent spiritual feel here and the production leads you to feel this emotion as well. It is an appropriate closure and it isn't too bad.

Essentially, SOUTHERN COMFORT is a pick and choose affair. There are a couple of weaker tracks and there are some incredibly strong numbers. This album is by no means bad, even if it doesn't show the Anthony Hamilton that we've come to know and love via his most recent albums. For fans, I think it is a must. If you only like Hamilton for his studio albums, then I don't think this is for you. WARNING: It is an previously unreleased album, it isn't his new studio release.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de3ad4) out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this Nov. 12 2007
By Anthony Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Considering the way that Anthony Hamilton's albums are generally released, I'm not sure if Southern Comfort is a true album full of new material (especially because it's on a label that I've never heard of) or if it's just a collection of unreleased tracks like Soulife was. But whatever the case, there ain't a thing wrong with it.

Actually, I just found out that this IS an album of unreleased tracks, and now that I think about it, this album is to R&B what Nas' The Lost Tapes is to rap: it makes you wonder why these songs were left off the proper studio albums. This collection never runs out of highlights, like "Better Love", "They Don't Know" and "Sailin' Away". And "Please" surprised me, because I had no idea that he could do falsetto.

Anthony also does a great job when he goes political, like in "Don't Say What You Won't Do". In fact, I can list every song on here as being great. There is also apparently an explicit version of the album because of a few choice words he says on "Glad U Called" (good luck trying to find it), but at any rate, Southern Comfort will give you just that.

Anthony Rupert
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de3f0c) out of 5 stars Keeping soul alive and well June 21 2007
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I find it astounding that Anthony Hamilton had music this good under his belt yet still couldn't get a major label record deal. Soulife, the first CD of 'new old' music that was released after Jermaine Dupri's So So Def and big guns Arista picked him up was so good it fooled me into believing it was all new stuff - and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Hamilton can do any wrong in my eyes but this second instalment of music from the vaults is genuinely just as good as, and can stand alongside his 'legitimate' releases with pride. The man is just that good. The investigative journalist in me wonders who's making the money from these releases (and if Hamilton is making any at all) and I already see parallels between his situation and Frank McComb's but I would argue he wins either way. True, Ain't Nobody Worryin' is barely two years old but CDs like "Southern Comfort" will help keep him in people's minds for a while longer, could well bring new fans into his base and will make all of us all the more eager for his next 'proper' release, soon may it come.

Good production by Fanatic, Doug Coleman and Ced Colo but as always, it's all about that voice. There's an honesty, angst and yearning in Hamilton's voice that is unique to him and can only be earned through experience. Mind you, there's nothing gasp-inducing here. None of the songs in this set reach me like "Float" did on Comin' from Where I'm From or like "Change Your World" on "Ain't Nobody Worryin'" did for example, but I'm particularly feeling "They Don't Know", "Please" and "Sailing Away". All in all, it's a solid collection of songs. I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. Here's to another man who's keeping soul alive and well. 4.5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de92e8) out of 5 stars His best buy it! Sept. 26 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can understand why a profit-seeking major label, which can be interpreted as narrow-minded, would not release this album. There is no song that one could readily identify as a single (except for maybe Better Love). Yet this is in my opinion his best album. As a true fan of Mr. Hamilton I may be biased but this is a seminal album that truly appears to reflect someone's experience. Music can be intended to make us shake our rumps, which is fine, we need that some times. In my opinion music is the easiest art form for people to relate to. Easier than paintings, sculpture or poetry that we may not be able to explain how they move us. Music is more literal. I can relate to every song on this album, link it to different timepoints in my life or people around me that I love. To be honest I can say this about all of his albums but this is beyond deep. I'm talking Marvin Gaye, 70's - "Here my Dear" deep! Buy it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4de93cc) out of 5 stars Now this is "Anthony Hamilton"! June 18 2007
By L. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As most reviewers have already stated, this is NOT "new" music by
Anthony Hamilton and Thank God for that. Hamilton is one of the most talented artist of today, however, I've always felt he was signed by the wrong label and most of his CD's have consequently gone over "lukewarm" as a result. As I understand it, the songs in this collection were previously written and recorded before Hamilton hit the "big time". He sings his heart out w/this CD and demonstrates what a deeply soulful singer he truly is. One can only hope that someday his current label will nuture this side of Hamilton and get him back to his obvious passion, Old time R&B.

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