4.28.08: Al Green's Triumphant Return

Genius Loves Company 

I know, Al Green  released a pretty nice record in 2005 with  Everything's O.K.  However, it's arguable that his new record is eons ahead of Everything's O.K. AND 2003's I Can't Stop. 2008's Lay It Down is due in record stores (if they still exist) on May 27th, but the leak occurred last week. 

Lay It Down was produced with the help of Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, the musical director/drummer for The Roots. The record invites guests John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Anthony Hamilton to lend their vocals to the project. Each featured track creates the perfect pairing for the relative newcomers and the reverend. Overall, the album is incredibly smooth, perfectly sequenced, and absolutely beautiful. The best collaboration? Ms. Bailey Rae on "Take Your Time," offered for free download below along with Al and John's "Stay With Me (By The Sea)."

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