The Powerful Now

The Powerful Now

by Anthony DavidAnthony David


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For his first album in four years, and his debut for the Shanachie label, Anthony David Harrington met back up with Eddie Stokes, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who was with him at the beginning of his career. They don't retrace any steps, though, as The Powerful Now moves forward with some energized stylistic change-ups that might throw some longtime listeners. "I Don't Mind" and "Out of My League," both of which place a specific object of affection on a pedestal, respectively tap into Afrobeat and melodic hard rock. Harrington also covers 311's affectionate ballad "Amber," a minor hit for the band in early 2002, in a breezy style with feathery acoustic guitar and booming bass. There isn't a hint of desperation, like Harrington is dabbling simply because he's out of ideas. All of it sounds like him, his slightly rasping baritone present and steady as ever, whether he's delivering a street hustler's theme, beaming about kicking back with family, or settling into a serious relationship. The album truly hits its stride toward the end with excellent, sophisticated soul duets with Reesa Renee and Carmen Rodgers. (The latter song originally appeared on Rodgers' 2015 album Stargazer). This is among Harrington's most enjoyable work.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2016
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351583420
catalogNumber: 5834
Rank: 22800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony David   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Daniel Jones   Background Vocals
Brandon Thomas   Guitar
Akil Thompson   Guitar
Shannon Sanders   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Anthony Robinson   Keyboards
Eddie Stokes   Keyboards
Curtis Chambers   Guitar
Cornelius Barnes   Narrator,Chant
Fletcher Dozier   Guitar
Quinton Robinson   Drums
Rashei Francis   Guitar
Frank Javois   Bass
Breshae Cooper   Background Vocals
Ceron Mays   Bass
Deanna Williams   Vocals
Shy Daniels   Chant
Silky Gates   Drums
Demontrius Lawrence   Bass

Technical Credits

Daniel Jones   Composer,Producer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Programming,Producer
Anthony Robinson   Composer,Producer
Eddie Stokes   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Anthony David   Producer
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Carmen Rodgers   Composer
Nick Hexum   Composer
Anthony David Harrington   Composer
Jalon Smith   Composer,Producer
Erial Ramsey   Artwork
Jamilah Windham   Composer
Reesa Renee   Composer,Producer
Robin Lernert   Composer
Silky Gates   Composer
Tyler Lefebvre   Engineer,Vocal Engineer

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