At the Cutting Room - NYC (1/17/08)



This was a special event for one Carlton J. Smith aka SOUL BROTHER NUMBER NEW.......this was the first NYC event for 2008...and....this was the CD Release Party for Carlton's new project "Diagram of a Relationship" (a diagram illustrating the start of a relationship to its end)!! Lots of R&B/funk fans showed up to support this special artist and they got their money's worth. No, there was no "Old School Fool", but there was plenty of good stuff.

The band started around 10:05pm with a song called "I Desire You", a great uptempo tune featuring featuring some good horns and nice backing vocals by LAW and a female vocalist. The funky "There's a Woman Inside of You" and "Precious Moments" were good, but better was the song "Could We Not Argue Today?", which featured Carlton reading a bitter letter to a ex-girlfriend (each verse started with "Dear Pain in My Ass...") and a fast tempo rhythm in the choruses (complete with handclaps)....and some really good bass lines by Luke! "Love, Love, Love" was a nice, slower tune featuring duet vocals with Tracy Brathwaite. "I Believe We Can Work It Out" was another nice R&B song, but better was the nasty guitar solo and super-funk bass solo on "Beautiful Thing".....the drumwork was also superb! The Carlton J. Smith Band closed the show with a song called "Love" (the flip-side of "I'd Better") and the UK single itself "I'd Better" (written by LAW and Carlton), a great soul number that is reminiscent of the old soul stuff of legends like Al Green. The show was over at 11:00pm.

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