Lee Fields & The Expressions
“Never be another you”/”Lover man” (Big Crown Records) 7′
Release date: 5th May 2017
Lee Fields & The Expressions continue to radiate heart and soul on this latest essential two sider.
Described as “a first among equals” from the acclaimed ‘Special Night’ album, ‘Never Be Another You’, a special version of which Fields performed live on Gilles Peterson’s 6 Music show, is a low tempo ballad with a head nodding drum track, sparse piano lines, and all the space Lee needs to lay down what is sure to be one of the flyest love songs of 2017.
Dealing with what Fields has called his specialist subject in over 40 years of performing, it examines humbling love that can make you feel ten feet tall, all while The Expressions hint that these feelings may be unrequited.
‘Lover Man’ continues in the same vein and yet strikes a strong contrast on the flip; raw-edged funk and soul sophistication with Fields going for his notes.
Whether tackling love or broader topics like the state of humanity, Fields has a very unique and honest perspective that is on display with each unforgettable performance. The Expressions have never been sharper, and they, along with Lee, have created a collection of music on ‘Special Night’ that holds court with pretty much any soul music that came before it.