Face Your Fear

Face Your Fear

by Curtis HardingCurtis Harding

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Overview

Curtis Harding's debut album, 2014's Soul Power, was a strikingly confident work that demonstrated he was one of the smartest and most gifted artists to emerge from the retro-soul scene, a vocalist and songwriter with a respect for the past and a vision of the future. It turns out Harding was just getting started; his second full-length, 2017's Face Your Fear, is an even more ambitious set of material, an exercise in psychedelic soul that feeds from a wide range of sounds and influences while still reflecting the mind and soul of Curtis Harding at every turn. While the production and arrangements on Face Your Fear are clearly informed by classic R&B and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s, along with the trippier edges of psychedelic soul, Harding and his studio collaborators (who include Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen) never seem to be reaching for some sort of Northern soul completists mindset; instead, they use the evocative textures of vintage African-American music as a jumping-off point for Harding's heartfelt, steet-smart tales of love, regret, family, and the pains and joys of everyday life. Harding is a terrific singer who can deliver full-bodied performances in his normal range (check out "Need Your Love" and "Go as You Are" if you need convincing) and also slip into a falsetto that's just the ticket for numbers like "Ghost of You" and "Dream Girl." (He even lets the two play off one another on "Till the End," in which he portrays both halves of a combative couple.) Curtis Harding can write and sing like a soul man with a mind of his own, and here he sounds even more open, expressive, and fearless than he did on his very fine debut. Face Your Fear ups the ante for Harding, bumping him from promising newcomer to major artist, and if you like good songs played and sung with true conviction, you won't want to sleep on this.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778753727
catalogNumber: 87537
Rank: 43610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Harding   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Christian   Drums
Sam Cohen   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker   Percussion
Gillian Rivers   Violin
Jeremy Gill   Saxophone
John Anderson   Guitar,Celeste
Nick Murray   Drums
Raymond Mason   Trombone,French Horn
Josh Aguiar   Trumpet
Ali Jones   Cello
Derek Stein   Cello
Oliver Hill   Violin,Viola
Tomas Dolas   Organ
Amber Mark   Background Vocals
Matt Zuk   Guitar
Chris Camacho   Bass

Technical Credits

Danger Mouse   Producer
Sam Cohen   Composer,Producer
Nic Jodoin   Composer,Producer
Hedi Slimane   Cover Photo
Brian Burton   Composer
Curtis Harding   Composer,Producer
Sasami Ashworth   String Arrangements

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