Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
All That Matters
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
The male quartet Portrait tackles another '70s hit, the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," on its sophomore release, All That Matters. With its strummed acoustic guitar and sensual understatement, the Portrait version remi... more »
The male quartet Portrait tackles another '70s hit, the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," on its sophomore release, All That Matters. With its strummed acoustic guitar and sensual understatement, the Portrait version reminds one of Babyface's breakthrough single, "When Can I See You." The L.A. foursome applies the same classy singing and seductive romance to the 11 original tunes on the album, but none of them have a melody as attention-grabbing as the Bee Gees' song. Portrait is the vehicle for the talents of Michael "Angelo" Saulsberry, who plays almost all the instruments on the album and who presumably did the bulk of the songwriting and producing, which are credited collectively to Portrait. Saulsberry is a terrific producer, for he has boiled down the '70s sounds of his heroes Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Donny Hathaway to a less cluttered sound which allows lots of breathing space around its sleek, romantic grooves. He is less successful at coming up with memorable melodies and lyrics, and too many of the songs on All That Matters glide along in a feel-good haze without ever landing on a specific hook. Portrait may provide pleasant background music for a date night but the songs never quite force their way into the foreground. --Geoffrey Himes
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MarvelousMarla | Way down in Dixie | 10/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this CD the other night while I was looking through my collection and had to wonder what happened to these guys. On their sophomore set, this foursome blended old school soul sensibilities with mid-90's production values. The video for the popular song on this CD, "I Can Call You," was in heavy rotation on BET in 1995, but it was not played nearly as much on radio. I like that song because it has a jazzy sound to it, and the four harmonize really well throughout the selection. Plus, I love that thumping bass line.This CD also has some some good slow jams such as the title cut, and my favorite "Much Too Much." "Loving You is Alright" is a nice midtempo cut. Although I do like their cover of "How Deep Is Your Love," I like their original compositions more. It's not a bad cover, I just don't feel it's worth a rave. On the whole, this is solid group with a grasp of the fundamentals -- lyrics, melody and harmony. It would be a shame if this is the last we'll ever hear from them."
R&B at it's best
Derrick Dunn | Woodbridge,VA | 08/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On the follow up to their triple plantium 1992, Portait continued to turn heads for real music listeners. Although the only features two hit singles which were How Deep Is Your Love and I Can Call You, the album features some nice ballads (which I prefer) check out Hold Me Close, Lay Your Body Down and the interlude Micheal's Mood."
They do it once again
Derrick Jenkins | Hampton VA USA | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just like the previous CD. This is another one that i listen to all the way through til the end. From front to back of this CD, it is seriously on every song. Offering something a little bit different from the previous one without losing the listener and still keeping everything flowing. It sounds sappy and everything but that is how i feel about this CD. I hope folks out there are still into really good music and recognize that.
If that's the case, then get All That Matters. In the end the music is all that matters."