Susaye Greene an ex-Supreme has just produced a brand new album, which features 12 songs, 11 of them written or co-written by Susaye. This is Susaye's first solo album, but I have to hold my hand up and say that I have the album that Susaye did with Scherrie Payne back in 1979 for Motown, which is a favorite of mine.
Susaye may not be a household name to many people but as a songwriter she is well known having penned "Free" by Denise Williams and co-wrote with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It" from the "Off The Wall " album. Susaye was also a member of Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove backing group. Susaye also sang on Courtney Pine's "Children of the Ghetto."
The album starts with off with an airport scene of Susaye leaving London, England and signing autographs, the first song "End Of Days", which is a semi rap thing, with a choppy mid tempo kind of a beat. Susaye covers many different styles on this album, which includes a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein composition, "Bali Hai" from "South Pacific", which sits comfortably with the rest of the album. "Ha Ha Hey (Laugh Until I Cry)" is a definitely a high energy anthem of the future with it's hypnotic chanting chorus underpinning the song, as Susaye gives a powerful vocal reading of this catchy song. My favorite is the soulful "Queen of Fates", as it demonstrates the power of
Susaye's voice on this laid back plodding beat. I also like the melodic "Forever" and the snappy "Letting You Go". The album comes to a close with "Unbelievable" which starts off with touch of the oriental, but gives way to a lush ballad from Susaye and seems to be the perfect end for this showcase from Susaye Greene. Most of the songs on this album don't fall into the trap of being samey and it is a testament of the skills of Susaye, that she has produced a good album of various styles and genres.
Susaye Greene has a website at http://www.supremextreme.com/
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