The Shift

09.28.2011

MUSIC

Goapele’s new album, Break of Dawn, begins with a literal lion’s roar before giving way to the creeping bass line and twisting, craning and whining seduction of “Play.” The sultry vibrations might surprise the “Closer” crowd, but after a six-year hiatus, Goapele isn’t too interested in playing it safe. “Over the past couple years, I had a daughter, I lost some loved ones, and the world has shifted,” she shares. “And yet somehow, I’m more open.”

The subterranean soul of Even Closer catapulted Goapele into the national spotlight way back in 2001, but since 2004’s politically tinged Change It All, she hasn’t released an album. The Oakland singer/songwriter hasn’t really gone anywhere however. She’s continued to seduce sold out venues with her sweet and smoky voice, killed a Soul Train tribute to the legendary Anita Baker, performed for the President of the United States and been writing and recording in her West Oakland studio non-stop.

What she’s cooked up may be her best album yet. At nine songs, Break of Dawn is short, but all encompassing. There is sex, funk, pain and temptation scrawled on beds of melodious synths and muffled boom bap. “Play” and “Milk & Honey” highlight a sensual and sexy part of her, a new approach for Goapele given that she was previously fearful of having her budding sexuality exploited by the industry. Her bolder direction is the result of growing into a new full bodied and unapologetic womanhood. “Authenticity has always been important to me,” Goapele clarifies. “My fans need me where I’m at as a woman.” (Goapele)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sleepy96 Lindsey Johnson

    Nice!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503128946 Tiffany Auttrianna Ward

    <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522653359 Dee Jay

    Amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/futurejemison Danielle Jemison

    Sooo Hottt!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-James/1389916472 Christopher James

    I love it! different direction but it’s smooth

  • http://www.facebook.com/nobbie.nob1 Nobbie Nob

    LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN ON THIS ONE, SO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN CAN ENJOY WHERE WE GOING ……. SIGNED, Part Of Life

  • http://www.facebook.com/ispecializeinlove Sharon Brown

    The GOD HAS ANOTHER BAD AZZ CHICK TO ATTEND THE AWARDS SHOW.. PICK ONE.. SHE WILL BE AT EM ALL..lol Illuminate me baby…holla back

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603816014 Tynnetta Smith Veal

    LOVING IT …. VERY NICE

  • http://www.facebook.com/AhyashCoutour Steven Ova

    its different from her previous work, and i can here the growth in her vocal….when i first heard it i believe a week or 2 ago… i was shocked but not to shocked… it seemed to be a good change. definitely a new sound for her.

  • Anonymous

    i love the maturity. i love that its oozing femininity and sensuality. get it Goapele. but am looking forward to the album and the social consciousness and awareness that Goapele consistently brings. lifetime fan!

  • Anonymous

    and to add….a picture is worth a 1,000 words.

  • Anonymous

    last comment: Goapele – even through melodies exploring love and the needs and desires of a woman- always went below the surface and dealt with the layers that are often left out of alot of music considered ‘hot’ in the mainstream world. please don’t lose that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gigi-Greene/100001257169801 Gigi Greene

    JAYZ IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE U ON MONDAY I CANT STOP THINKING BOUT U AND I WAS SO CLOSE BUT TOO SLOW TO TOUCH U LIKE THAT OTHER FAN DID I WAS LIKE DAM I COULD OF DONE THAT TOO… I CANT WAIT TO SEE U N ATL…………. THIS IS A GOOD THING U DOING N BK WE NEED U SHAWN COREY CARTER………………………………..BUT I NEED U NOW………………..WAITING SINCE 2008 THATS LONG………………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Strickland/100001717975042 Charles Strickland

    that is what music is about every thing is real. i can ride with this

  • http://www.facebook.com/schultz.botha Guy Hardy

    TOOO DOPE

  • http://twitter.com/conrazon nati

    amazing artist! love this piece

  • http://twitter.com/Aesopian_74Star MAJORITY LEADER bka

    This is amazing! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USW6EKBK6C5B5GEHW3UGOOH25M Justin Chaitoo

    so start in the love good music is for keep the keep so sound like just if 2004 and like 2006 if she 2002 so one that mustc sound to so why it nice keep us and why she a li hot nbut dark and sweet to so jay like it i like it to good music good to here g grils keep up

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