December 8, 2006

Roy Davis Jr. - This Is How We Do It (House Music)


Can you say “Dad-house?” I’ve long been a fan of Davis’ soulful, often spiritual Chicago house, but here he seems a bit creatively spent, detouring towards the lounge with an abundance of smooth jazz saxophone, tepid percussion, and easy, nagging hooks that repeat without much sense of development. This is a bit surprising considering Davis’ recent albums Water for Thirsty Children and Chicago Forever found him comfortably easing into a mature mix of uplifting R&B, soul, and house. What’s worse: if one were to listen to this single blindfolded, you’d surely think the included Andre Harris remix was the most authentic Davis production of the bunch.

Large Music / LAR-107
[Michael F. Gill]