After a seven year hiatus between albums, UK soul singer/song writer and instrumentalist, Omar Lye Fook is back with his latest record, “The Man”. Released in the UK on June 21, 2013, The Man is a very organic album boasting 13 tracks. If you are familiar with his earlier work, you will not be disappointed in this deftly crafted compilation. In true Omar fashion, the blend of Soul, Jazz, World Beat and Latin vibes are woven into an aural canvas on which he paints his lyrical masterpieces. The title track, “The Man” has been in rotation for most of his fans since it’s release in April as an EP and illustrates of the growth a man experiences when he finds true love; the growth from “the man” to “THE MAN”…
Continuing his non-violence message in the song “Bully” featuring his brother, Scratch Professor, Omar gives us a vibe reminiscent of an old school reggae skankin’ chune, with horn samples scratched by Scratch Professor.
Omar continues to express love in many different ways on this album with such songs as “Treat You” ft. Caron Wheeler, a salsa-like duet discussing the future of a relationship; while “I Love being With You” is a Bossa Nova based song that expresses the male sentiments and compromises to quash arguments and keep his woman.
“3 o’clock in the Mornin’! Where could you be? You said you come around, but I still don’t see… Maybe somethings not right. Why You be gone all night? The sex is dingling, you must be minglin’ ” – “High Heels” (Omar, 2013). This is a funky Jazz joint, laced with a sax that mimics the emotions of the lyrics. Then there’s “When We Touch” which is an energetic soca meets house cut complete with a synthesized steel pan in the cast of instruments. This track is sure to get you deh… deh… dancing!
After 28 years (Mr. Postman and Determination were released in 1985) of providing us with great music, and now his seventh album, Omar has surely proven his longevity and his ability to be… The Man.
* The Man is available on the US market for pre-order & is expected to be available for download on June 25th, 2013 on iTunes and Amazon. *