Im Thankful

Im Thankful


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Official Release Date Oct 24, 2006
Artist Spanky Wilson & the Quantic Soul Orchestra
Genre Pop
Version  Europe
PAX-Code PAX0005241542
Item Code  0780661120315


  • Manufacturer: Ubiquity ( UBIQ )

track listing

1. I'm Thankful, Pt. 12. A Woman Like Me3. Blood from a Stone4. Don't Joke with a Hungry Man, Pt. 25. Don't Joke with a Hungry Man, Pt. 3 (Instrumental)6. That's How It Was7. Message to Tomorrow8. Waiting for Your Touch9. You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover10. I'm Thankful, Pt. 2 (Instrumental)


It was much to soul singer Spanky Wilson's surprise she didn't realize she had had such an impact when British multi-instrumentalist/producer Will Holland contacted her in her Los Angeles home in 2004, professing his love of her music and wondering if she'd collaborate with him. Still, she agreed to go the studio, and together they did two songs, "Don't Joke with a Hungry Man" and "When You're Through," for Holland's solo project, Quantic, on the album Mishaps Happening. That collaboration worked out so well that they decided to make an entire record together, this time with Holland's full band, the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Wilson's lovely voice is the centerpiece of I'm Thankful, and it does show a bit of its age, but only in the best of ways, deepening it and giving it an added measure of credibility and authenticity while still preserving its expressiveness and strength. Attesting to Wilson's tremendous ability is the fact that the record is very intimately and sparsely produced, making it seem as if the singer is almost in the room right with the you, the sometimes raspy and breathy line endings audible in that professional, practiced way. The band, which plays J.B.'s-inspired tight funk riffs, occasionally branching into modern jazz horn solos or even wah-wahed guitars, often uses a modern dancefloor-esque beat (in both versions of "Don't Joke with a Hungry Man," for example, which are different from the Quantic one), which makes sense as Holland is an able electronica producer as well as composer (besides the cover of Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover," all the pieces on the album are completely written and arranged by him). But the music here is still funk, horns and all, and since the drums are always live, there's still a nice organic sense about it. The neo-soul "That's How It Was," which reflects upon Hurricane Katrina, is touching and affecting, and as Wilson sings, "Now people are talking 'bout a need for a change/Hoping and fighting for power exchange/Thank heavens for life, but not for the pain/Thousands of tears just washed away in that rain," there's a real emotion and tenderness in her voice that comes through clearly and honestly. Because I'm Thankful is about clarity and avoiding pretension, it's about rhythm and groove, it's about playing soul music for its own sake, which makes it a very successful album, a great melding of two talented artists and an introduction to Spanky Wilson for many who haven't heard her before, and need to and a lot of fun


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