What the press say about Angela Johnson’s new album “Naturally Me”
“Angela’s new album sees the much loved singer-songwriter coming out of her shell lyrically, as she takes on a number of issues that have been on her mind – and then sets them to mainly sixties/seventies-inspired backdrops. I Promise (M.O.N.E.Y.) has the gentle summery groove of a Riperton or a Syreeta, features Raul Midon on vocals and guitar, and is a story about a relationship with… hard cash.
“The opening track To Love Again is a torch ballad with a welcome feel of Dustry Springfield. An understated, slightly jazzier version of Teena Marie’s Deja Vu is very sweetly delivered, too. The mid-tempo I Don’t Mind is all Al Green smoulder and Smokey Robinson chorus. Some great stuff here…” Chris Wells – Echoes magazine
“Wow! That’s the first word that comes to mind after experiencing Angela Johnson’s new album. It could even describe the sensation upon hearing the very first song. When an artist has written, recorded and produced a career-defining masterwork, as Angela clearly has, the wow moments appear early and stay for the album’s duration.
“Never has a sense of anticipation opened Johnson’s albums the way it does on To Love Again. Sparse yet commanding, the instrumentation calls to mind the chilling ambience of “Remember (Walking In The Sand)” by the Shangri-Las. Johnson maximises the drama before singing the first lines ‘They tell me there’s no cure/They’ve done all they could/My heart’s broken into pieces/And it’s not healing like it should’.
“Originally penned by Rick James for Teena Marie, Deja Vu (I’ve Been Here Before) becomes a touching tribute from Johnson to two luminaries who departed the world far too soon…. Johnson also holds a special place for the Reverend Al Green among the many individuals who’ve influenced her. She channels that love into I Don’t Mind, a track whose soulful strut could have easily powered any number of Hi Records releases in the Seventies.
“Angela Johnson’s latest project is the gateway to a blissful, unforgettable musical ride” – Christian John Wikane – Soultracks.com