September 1, 2011

Michael Kiwanuka – I Need You By My Side


Michael Kiwanuka’s music is really impressive. The Withers, Otis references are there. The melodic hat tips to Dylan, etc are there too. That aside, there’s something about this artist and these songs (“I Need You By My Side” is one of many gems thusfar from MK), that feels really special. The voice, the writing, the melodies, it’s all very moving. Kiwanuka, much like Withers and Redding and other great soul artists, has this ability to pluck/pinpoint/pull at very specific emotions all while securing the listener in something broader something comforting, something reassuring. (like I’ve been there too, I’ve felt these emotions.) Let me use my pain, my love, my struggle, whatever. Let me help communicate clarity into what your feeling. Michael Kiwanuka’s “I’m Getting Ready” EP is available now.

Michael Kiwanuka – I Need You By My Side

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Rating 9.4


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