Charlie Wilson: Somebody Loves You

Posted January 26, 2015 by in Funk



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Genre: R&B, funk
Producer: Charlie Wilson, Steve Daly, Keith Hetrick
Writer: Charlie Wilson, Emile Ghantous, Mahin Wilson, Sam Salter, Michael Paran, Steve Daly, Keith Hetrick, Sid Jai, Gregg Pagani
Label: RCA
Format: Digital download
Release Date: 27 January 2014


Fresh and groovy uptempo beats still sounds good on soul crooner Wilson


A bit safe in sound to even be compared with Gap Band jams

Finally, Gap Band frontman rediscovers the art of funk

by J Matthew Cobb
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Finally, Gap Band frontman rediscovers the art of funk

Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” might have to make a humble bow of appreciation to an original G. Charlie Wilson, former frontman of the 80s funk band The Gap Band, is reclaiming his place as funkateer, hoping to revive the funk that launched his career. Since going solo, Wilson has been messing around with urban contemporary power ballads. He’s now decided to jump back in the fast lane with “Somebody Loves You,” a tune that uses the rhythmic charm and production value of Bruno Mars’s “Treasure.” Thankfully it’s not a copy-and-paste of a Gap Band jam — that would just be cheating. Although the new tune isn’t exactly a righteous throwback to Wilson’s funky years, it’s a delicious piece of R&B ready to swoon both the funk carnivores and the 40-and-up crowds he’s been catering to for the last two decades. Just to hear his infamous “he-hee” phrasing on something this groovy is a shot of adrenaline to Wilson’s career.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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