OLA: MORE SOUL THAN
SENSE - YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE!
Who said what about Ola's first single / album
Chris Wells / Echoes
You'd Better Believe, his well regarded first
single, seems a very long time ago now, but it virtually
kicks off the album (after a short, a cappella sharpener)
as a still soulful, brassy, slightly ruffled shuffler.
Ismo Tenkanen / Soul Express
The real killer cuts, however, come in the form of two
phenomenal uptempo soul movers, one funky jam and two
blinding ballad tunes. You'd Better Believe would
be an anthemic soul track almost because of its uplifting
lyrical content alone, and add to that the impressive
intro, the ingenious bridge verse, the irrestistibly
catchy chorus melody line, the wonderful arrangement with
swinging horns and a sax solo, plus some magnificent
vocalising by Ola!
Bob Jones / Muzik
Now here's a diamond which has surfaced from the UK soul
scene. "More Soul..." with a capital S. //
There's so much emotion and feeling that they don't sound
like the same old ideas. Hold on to them as strongly as
to life itself.
Collin Bigger / Soul Trader
The lyrics are so catchy they go straight from speaker to
your brain - this is pure quality soul with a slight
drum'n bass edge ... a track with summer written all over
it. This is one of those tunes that you will still be
pullin out of your box in years to come, because it's
Ralph Tee / Record Mirror
You'd Better Believe showcases an incredibly
expressive soulful vocal talent on an uplifting shuffle
beat - a contemporary equivalent of the kind of thing
McFadden & Whitehead gave us with `Ain't No Stoppin'
Us Now' in the seventies. Excellent.
The Edge / Blac Magazine
Possibly the finest independent soul release of the year,
this self financed five-tracker (12" single) is a
gem awaiting recognition. The title track You'd Better
Believe is real soul music which brims over with
positive energy and well delivered inspirational lyrics.
Bigger / Blues & Soul
Kicking off with one of my all-time favourite soul toons,
You'd Better Believe is a pretty brave decision
(and a hard act to follow) but this cut has just about
everything you'd ever want in a soul recording: powerful
and emotive vocals, deep and meaningful lyrics and a
lovely, bright summery feel good factor type backing.
Love it to death... and beyond!
// In essence, and album of real soul classy soul which,
in all probability, means limited sales in the UK, but if
like me, you have more soul than sense, you'll rush out
and buy this album now!
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