BLUES & SOUL – 05. Sept. 2019
THE TERRI GREEN PROJECT: WHAT A FEELING (EURO MUSIK)
Without doubt, there are plenty of standout moments on "What A Feeling"
UK RELEASE DATE 06.09.2019
Now here's an artist who's reputation goes before her and so it should. Singer, songwriter, producer and DJ, Terri B! aka Terri Bjerre has had hits across the world, lending her vocals to over 400 singles - mainly house music, which is why some not be familiar with her name - and she has been remixed over 1,000 times! Previously, she has written and recorded with the best and her features CV reads like a who's who of dance - just to give you some idea of her sales, her single "Blind Heart" has been streamed over 40 million times on its own!
Recently, her A.K.A. moniker has been changed yet again, teaming up with multi-instrumentalist Toddi Reed to form The Terri Green Project, and what a project new album "What A Feeling" is! The name is not the only change, her genre has had an overhaul too! Gone are those 16 bar house intros and in their place, fresh sun-soaked soul with more bounce than Tigger's tail! Add a perfect fit, first-class vocal to the mix and I think you know already where this review is going…
And so to the album: Firstly I have to mention the authentic nature of this album, which is largely down to its high production values. There's plenty here for soul lovers and connoisseurs of the genre with firm nods to plenty of soul royals, including Chic on "Night To Remember". Barry White's expansive sounding Love Unlimited Orchestra on the album titled track "What A feeling", "Never Gonna Let", "Giving It Up" and "Give Me One More Chance". Earth, Wind & Fire (who are also mentioned on) "Dance Tonight". It's plain to see the EW&F mention was on purpose because this album pays tribute, rather than can be accused of ripping these song styles off.
My only gripe, and it's a small one, is that the Burt Bacharach and Hal David tune "The Look Of Love" is good but the original was so perfectly crafted by Dusty Springfield, trying to get anywhere near it sonically is a hard enough job as it is (nigh-on-impossible in some people's books) without adding it on the album twice - maybe, it should have been limited to one version and/or replaced with something else. I mean, we are talking about a vocalist who could sing the names out of a telephone directory and still make it sound like a hit record so there's no need, in my humble opinion, for track repetition on the album.
Without doubt, there are plenty of standout moments on "What A Feeling", especially when Bjerre's trademark deep contralto gives the tracks extra dimension - it's also great to see a vocalist revelling in her newfound soul diva status. It's an album you can keep going back to and the good news is, it gets better with every play! Those tracks already mentioned shine bright, along with fellow uplifting monsters "Fight No More", "Stairway To Nowhere", "Yes Or No" and "Should Have Seen You Coming" all combine to create one of this year's soul must-haves. I didn't have a favourite track on this album because I absolutely loved them all! The Terri Green Project, remember that name… and don't you dare change it, Terri! Lol
WORDS LEE TYLER
Sonicsoulreviews.com - 04. Sept. 2019
THE TERRI GREEN PROJECT „What A Feeling“ (Euro Musik)
Mit-Doppel-T. Wie „flott“ und „Hit-t“ oder Terri und Toddi. „What A Feeling“! Terri Green und Torsten Abrolat singen und spielen auf. Tanzen, rundherum und wieder von vorn. Diestets glitzernde Disco-Kugel liefert die bunten Lichter, das Terri Green Project die unermüdlich-wirkenden Songs dazu. Perfekt in die Jetzt-zeit transferierte Disco-Dance-Boogie-Stimmung der späten 70er. Barry White und Gamble/Huff sind mit von der Partie (natürlich als Paten, nicht als Song-Lieferant – die einzige Cover-Version stammt aus dem Burt-Bacharach-Liederbuch: „The Look Of Love“ als ganz delikate, finger-schnippende, Akustik-Version mit dezentem Latin-Feeling, in der Cello, Piano und das Saxofon die Akzente setzen) und lassen ihre Sound-Ideen munter durch den Ballsaal kreisen. Dabei dürfen sie (und die anderen Damen und Herren, die uns schon vor 40 Jahren zum Tanz aufspielten) voll und ganz den Fähigkeiten des TGP vertrauen, denen es scheinbar spielend gelingt, den immergültigen Vorgaben der Vergangenheit ihre Referenz zu erweisen. Gute Unterhaltung!
THE TERRI GREEN PROJECT: ‘What A Feeling’ (Euro Musik)
They want to bring back the good times and, boy, do they succeed!
The Terri Green Project is essentially sax man/keyboardist/producer/ writer and general all round good guy, Euro muso, Toddi Reed (real name Torsten Abrolat) and Washington born soul diva Terri Green. House anoraks will know Terri from her collaborative house hits that have dominated European dance charts over the last few years. Soul heads will know and love her from the two Terri Green Project singles ('Night To Remember' and 'Giving It Up') that have been omnipresent in various mixes this year.
Now the duo treats us to their first full album... 'What A Feeling', which was recently signalled by the single 'Dance Tonight' ... a big, big tune that is a kind of hybrid of Chic and Earth Wind and Fire. Indeed the mighty EWF are just one of many top soul and dance acts name checked in the song. In it Terri also bigs up Chaka Khan, The Spinners, The O'Jays, Teddy P, Kool and the Gang and many, many more. And therein lies the (yes, obvious) clue where Terri and Toddi are coming from. They want to bring back the good times and, boy, do they succeed! Alongside those three ab fab singles, the 13 tracker is stuffed with plenty more great dance tunes – songs brimming with optimism and an atmosphere that will just make you smile!
That's all obvious from the start with the mighty 'What A Feeling'. The album title track takes the Philly sound as its reference point and if you were told that Kenny and Leon were at the controls you wouldn't doubt it. The Philly flavour's there too on the pacey 'Fight No More' complete with Larry Gold style strings. 'Never Gonna Let' is another earworm. It actually reminds me of those pop/soul classics from Liverpool's The Real Thing... not a bad thing in my book!
With one exception, all the songs are originals. The cover is a new look at Burt Bacharach's 'The Look Of Love' and it really is a "new look". Like all good covers, Toddi and Terri don't try to replicate the well-known versions. Rather, like dear old Luther used to do, they recreate it. Here they start with shifting strings and later add melancholy cello courtesy of former London Philharmonic cellist Rebecca Carrington to enhance Terri's soulful rendition. Toddi's sax solo is mighty impressive too. The duo are clearly proud of the achievement because they include the song again right at the end in mix that features Rebecca's husband, Colin in duet with Terri. It's all very grown up and sexy, and indeed, that's how Toddi describes all the music he sets out to make with his Project. He's patently succeeded... 'What A Feeling' IS "grown up and sexy" and a lot more besides!
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 September 2019 12:13
This sophisticated 21st Century interpretation of 70s dance is SENSATIONAL :)
01. Sept 2019
"The Bash Soul Central" www.bashsoulcentral.com salutes the new album from The Terri green project "What A Feeling" This sophisticated 21st Century interpretation of 70s dance is SENSATIONAL :) The Barry White groove of "Never Gonna let " packaged with the immaculate vocal of this Disco/Soul lady is complimented by production of the highest quality. "Its You" reminds me of the Gems of yesteryear with a distinctive individualism that only this lady can communicate. "Dance Tonight" is already on the playlists of all good DJs and "What A Feeling" is a refreshing contemporary compliment to the music we love. Thank you "The Terri Green project" for this outstanding work which will be featured all over the planet including Soul Central Saturday uk time 12-2pm wfm 97.2fm online www.wfmradio.org