Mar. 10, 2013
As refreshing as a night breeze in summer, vocalist Barbie Anaka delivers on a project packed with passion, seduction, and loveliness. The album, Speechless, displays a certain “come hither” charm that only one with the gift of great vocal chops can deliver. The magnetism of the melodic tunes certainly facilitate that delivery.
The soft glow one can feel from these songs only lends testimony to an artist who knows how to turn, shape, and massage a tune. Listening to the lead track “Did You Love” with its Brazilian feel, the attractive “Like the Fourth of July,” the very smooth title track, the oh-so-sexy and beautiful “Star,” a notably decent interpretation of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo,” and a snappy “Broken,” the nicely rhythmic “The Lesson,” and the bouncy closer, “Second Skin” reveals volumes about how deeply the lovely and talented vocalist felt each and every note and how much she wants to convey that depth to listeners.
As a writer, the sexy Anaka shows that she has a firm grasp on what constitutes a complete story, a true ballad, in this or any genre.
The album was co-produced by Donyea Goodman, a cousin of crooner/soul balladeer Al Green and certainly bears the markings of one who knows soul and pop.
This is a feel-good, feel-sexy CD with a lot of artistic appeal. Anaka, along with a charming voice, has surrounded herself with all of the ingredients needed for good music. Two thumbs up for a great effort. – Ronald Jackson