Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak & Silk Sonic – An Evening with Silk Sonic Review

Silk Sonic Leave The Door Open Cover

Release Date: November 12, 2021

Track Listing

  1. Silk Sonic Intro
  2. Leave The Do/or Open
  3. Fly As Me
  4. After Last Night (with Thundercat & Bootsy Collins)
  5. Smokin Out The Window
  6. Put On A Smile
  7. 777
  8. Skate
  9. Blast Off

Review

In the world of R&B, there are supergroups comprised of individual artists or members of popular groups. Some that come to my mind are Lucy Pearl, TGT and LSG. The latest to join this illustrious club is the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, a.k.a. Silk Sonic.

Silk Sonic is a group inspired by the R&B and Soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. What makes An Evening with Silk Sonic shine is that it pays homage to its influences in a very accurate manner while adding some modern twists to stay relatable to current listeners.

The first single from the album (Leave The Door Open) is a great opener and lays the groundwork for the rest of what is to follow, music catered to those who crave something with a little more sophistication than the typical radio fodder.

The majority of An Evening with Silk Sonic is in the slow lane, with songs such as After Last Night, Smoking Out The Window, Put On a Smile and Blast Off being other excellent examples of the heavenly type of slow jams of the 60s and 70s emulated on this album.

It’s not all silky smoothness on this album. The funky, uptempo songs Fly as Me, 777 and Skate show off the chemistry between Mars and .Paak. Their slightly goofy bravado stands out on these tracks and adds lively vibes between the slower songs.

An Evening with Silk Sonic was one of the more anticipated releases of 2021 for me (and probably many others), and it lived up to all the hype generated throughout the year. It’s one of those albums you can repeat many times and never get tired of it. It’s just that damn good.

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