The Love Chronicles
Thursday, September 4, 2008
If Amy Winehouse were remixed by the B-52’s, they might concoct something like “Bebe,” but it dances into your head courtesy of Scarborough wunderkind Slakah the Beatchild. On it, a rich assortment of brass instrumentalists and crisp percussion players keep the subtle ’60s references in place, while Brown sews up the spaces in between with her silky-smooth expressions.
But when Colin Munroe’s fantastically frail “I Need Your Love” is unveiled, musical divinity is achieved. Approximating Jully Black’s earthy power, Mariah Carey’s Olympic range and a sonic texture similar to Alicia Keys, Divine Brown may not be a consistent force in pop, but she should be– she’s an almost flawless vocalist and song sculptor.