I keep wanting to put this artist in the wrong time period. I know the first place I saw one of his video's was on VH1 but I keep on wanting to place when I saw it earlier. I want to put this album in the late 90's around the same time Alica Keys came out but the true release is a little later. Remy Shand had his first and only album in 2001 on Motown records. Soul was making a minor come back and boy is this album soulful.
I saw the video for the first release and it was smooth and easy. The song was Take a Message and I was hooked. I think my first call was to Spencer McGuire who caught the video also and agreed a very good track.
So I bought the CD and was blown away. It is a blend of the best of soulful Prince, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The first single is a stand out but the groove on the whole cd is just terrific. Best played with a bourbon or a coffee and just groove away.The only problem is that it is the only CD Remy Shand ever did.
I did more digging after awhile and learned about Mr. Shand. Born in 78 he is a Canadian artist who won the Juno for Soul Album. Hey lets be honest, how many Juno's are there for soul albums. I love the Canadians but not the group of people I would say were Soulful. It turns out that Remy Shand does share a lot with Prince. He is very particular is the studio and could never get the right sound again.
Really it is a shame he never did any more CDs but the one he did give us is amazing. I would recommend to all who want some modern soul with a foothold in the past. Til next time- be good to your ears, they deserve it.