One Funky World

Syl Cat

With this album, Caté has thrown himself in with the ranks of young artists who are trying to put the soul back into R&B. It is an admirable cause that I am personally cheering. With artists like this one, they might just win, yet.

Unlike most of his neo-soul cohorts, though, Caté isn’t really heavily influenced by hip-hop. His sound is utterly and completely smooth like the buttery ice cream soul of Will Downing. It’s a late-night breeze undulating out of your stereo with the man’s falsetto pirouetting along the soundwaves. Caté is more Remy Shandy than D’Angelo. He’s got a nice voice that’s almost stoical in range — remaining smooth whether singing about lost love or the slaying of Amadou Diallo. And variety is a spice lacking in this man’s funky world. However, the album is good — much better than a lot of stuff out there right now — despite its monotony — and it shows a potential that is very promising. Caté is a name worth watching.

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