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Hopes Too High

by Marcell & the Truth

This is what you call an instant classic: visual words, genuine life stories, clever melodies, real musicians, real singing. Yeah, real soul. They got it and you have to get it.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Never Leave You Lonely
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2. Hopes Too High
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3. Breathe Love
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4. Your Eyes
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5. Maybe I'm Not the Man
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6. Com'n Home to You
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7. Evil Woman
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8. They Don't Know
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9. Sending You Away
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10. Cold Rain
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11. Time Stops
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12. It's Been Too Long
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13. Please Come Down
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14. It Ain't Over
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MARCEL AND THE TRUTH; Basement Boys
HOPES TOO HIGH
In a time when the music industry has grown too smart for itself, when radio is filled with overproduced, mechanical songs that are more about attitude than music, a casual listener would be led to believe that organic soul music no longer existed. And that's what makes an album like Hopes Too High that much more special. Sounding like they simply grabbed their instruments in a club and started playing, Marcell & the Truth deliver a stunning set of songs here that are equally inspired and inspiring. The group effecively mixes elements of jazz, soul and blues, sounding like the rightful heirs of Frankie Beverly and Maze, but with slightly rougher edges. And while the disc consists mostly of midtempo numbers and relatively simple arrangements, it never sounds repetitive or stale. To the contrary, the simplicity makes it more effective, allowing a bluesy guitar riff or a mournful organ note to alone carry the moment, and bringing even more attention to the fourteen excellent compositions that comprise Hopes Too High. Kudos to producer Teddy Douglas, who makes all the right moves in matching musical moods to lyrical content, from the innocent vocal harmonies of the title cut to the almost eerie tension (reminiscent of the the Dramatics' "In the Rain") underlying the break-up song "Maybe I'm Not the Man" to the joyous build-up throughout the standout track "Time Stops."


There will be many more popular and more critically trumpeted albums in 2007 than Hopes Too High, but it will be tough to find many that are better. This is a nearly timeless disc that would have been as notable in 1977 as it is in 2007. But by any measure, it is a keeper -- as are Marcell & the Truth. Very highly recommended.
-Chris Rizik soultracks.com



I know the Basement Boys label, but I don’t know Marcel and the Truth. If I didn’t know better I’d suggest that the great David Peaston has morphed into Marcel Russell, the lead singer here. Russell, you see, has one of those huge gospel reared voices that can do both whispers and screams with pure soul beauty. Hear that to best effect on this album’s title cut. “Hopes Too High” is simply one of the best real soul ballads I’ve heard this year. Boasting
gentle Temptations style harmonies, the song has lovely melody and a delicious hook in the title line and Marcel plays it to perfection. There’s lots more great balladry here to notably “Maybe I’m Not The Man” (with a hint of “In The Rain”), “Time Stops” and “Its Been Too Long”. The best up-tempo cut is the wah-wah led ”Evil Woman”, while “Please Come Down” is a gentle mid-tempo shuffle. The opener “Never Leave You Lonely” is another delicious mid-tempo beater, while for classic old school soul testifying try ”Coming Home To You”. I loved that one, but in honesty I kept
coming back to “Hopes Too High” its just one of those great
recordings that only real soul people connect with. I guess you are so this is for you - honest
-Bill Buckley (Blues and Soul Magazine UK)


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Chris

Feel Good Music
This is some feel good music. A little something to dance to, a little something to chill with. Very good alot of steppers. Get it if you don't have it.

Charles Scott

Man!!! Finally some grown folks music, real music, good music with No Cheating
Man I bought this CD in New York from a cat named Ish. My friend told me these cats were the truth of Soul music. She was not lying. Lawd have mercy - who writes & sings like this anymore. This stuff is Timeless. I have burned a whole in this CD after 3 weeks. Who gets to play an album all the way through anymore. I know folks are comparing Marcell to David Peaston but to me he sounds like Luther, Donny Hatahway, and Stevie all rolled up into one. This boy can SANG for real. No cheats with these guys just real music. Finally some young folks with something to say. And where in the world did they find these young musicians they gotta have some old souls. If these boys don't become Icons it would be a shame to this business.

Victor Walters

Finally something fresh
It's about time something comes along that doesn't too much remind you of something and/or someone else. Hope Too High is that kind of CD, exploring new musical interpretions of the same ole story. Play the CD, it gets better as it goes along the fourteen tracks.

Teresa

Hopes Too High
This is a great cd! It is very soulful and the lead singer's voice is smooth and sexy. I'm a Chicago stepper and when I'm out dancing and one of the songs from the cd is being played, the dance floor is jammed packed- everytime. Everyone I know has been asking about these guys!

lady love, CC

Great Music!!!!
The CD is great!! The sound is electricfying combination of jazz, soul, r&b and true gospel. I wish great success to the crew.

Fellow Artist in this madness called the Music Bizz

Honor where its Due!
I unerstand why many folk in the ATL are calling this the album of the year. The is more than music its Art. Some folks would sell their souls to be able to deliver Soul Music like this to the people. I simply want to hear whats next. I have a challenge guys can you do it again and again. Cause we sure could use it. You calling me to dig deep, thx. Marcell your lyrics man, no words.

Vicki

There live show is even better than this awesome album
Everyone is talking about the album and rightfully so this album is going to keep gaining momentum its just so real and pure, but its their live performance I fell in love with - it felt like I went to a club and church at the same time. The band is great and that Marcell is so so much more than a singer, He is a natural leader, maybe the
next great one. He brings pride & hope to his people, matter fact all of us. I cant wait for album two. My God! Keep it up guys and dont LOSE what you have, we need it!

tracy

wow
oh my good, this cd is so off the hook. from me and all of the chi-town family this cd mos def for the chi steppers. the whole cd is a must listen to

ANDY LOTHIAN - STARPOINTRADIO.COM

Essential .. HOPES TOO HIGH is THE soul record of 2007 so far.
Absolutely essential .. HOPES TOO HIGH is THE soul record of 2007 so far.

Rena B.

The Truth
This is one of the best cds that I have heard in a long time. My favorite selections are Hopes too high, Breathe Love and Time Stops. It is definitely a must have cd.
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