Apparently, these are troubled times for the smooth soul operator Ernie Halter. The Californian singer/songwriter’s third album Starting Over, another largely autobiographical collection of streamlined R&B with more than a touch of Stevie Wonder about it, was written during a year in which his marriage unraveled just as his first son was born. However, apart from opener “Different Lives”, a break-up song with an insistent shuffle groove, and the heartfelt regret of “Try” (plus three covers including the standout “Cyclone”, a reworking of a hip hop tune by Baby Bash), the six remaining tracks here leave the sad times behind and rather tell of a mystery love where shimmering organ, funky bass lines and acoustic guitar provide the backdrop for Halter’s stylish soulful ruminations on romantic obsession (“Blue Dress”), a long distance love affair (“Count the Days”, My Heart Is With You”) and a Calypso-esque slice of intoxicated “Crazy Love” where rules are broken. Gut-wrenchingly emotive this is not but a pleasant listen nonetheless.
- Multiple songs MySpace
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article