Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild | Arie Crown Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., June 13, 8 p.m. 2009

On last year’s terrific The Point of It All (So So Def) Anthony Hamilton makes his most convincing defense yet of old-school southern-soul verities. Though he’s best known for singing hooks on hip-hop cuts and his own records use hip-hop production—looped breaks, programmed beats, guest raps—he flies in the face of hip-hop culture’s hedonistic materialism and mania for instant gratification, singing love songs where the words “courtship” and “relationship” wouldn’t sound out of place. Aided by a tight coterie of producers, Hamilton writes fully formed tunes, complete with choruses and bridges—no verse-hook-verse-hook structures here—and unlike many contemporary R & B singers he steers clear of empty melismatic fluff. His churchy vocals, precise and emotionally powerful, hark back to the likes of Bobby Womack and, to a lesser degree, Curtis Mayfield, but the total package doesn’t sound the slightest bit retro. Musiq Soulchild opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $47.50-$67.50

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