Friday, March 11, 2011

Can Spree Wilson 'Love You Better'?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Here's the latest of several leaks from The Never Ending Now. Loving Spree's flow, as always, but the hook sounds a little soulless, no? Of course, too much funk/soul and you're immediately deemed a pale, decade-too-late imitation of OutKast. Too much indie rock swag, on the other hand, and you're too poppy — but you might get a Grammy nod!

What's a true blue artist to do? True blue, I say, only because anyone who knows a bit about Wilson's backstory knows his style has been a hodge-podge of unconventionality since day one. (On "Love You Better," alone, he and collaborator Paul "Shoden!1" Sheehy throw in everything from jazzy New Orleans horns to a drum n bass breakdown.) But in a post-Adventures of Bobby Ray environment, the overproduced, Top 40-friendly hooks are bound to garner comparison to that other uber-talented ATLien — even if Wilson happens to create his indie sound more organically than B.o.B, or say, this guy, for instance.

The challenge for Spree Wilson, and other like-minded genre-shifters, will be remaining as lovingly unpredictable as always, even as that lane gets overrun with industry predictability. That said, this track still adds to the overall anticipation for Spree's eventual release, yes?

Love You Better by spreewilson

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