Karyn White's "Carpe Diem" Seizes the Decade
Amazing Album from Karyn White
Still adjusting to an emotional performance Karyn White gave over the weekend of March 1st – 3rd in San FranciscoCalifornia and had a chance to purchase the Album Carpe Diem. And before I get into my opinion of this album, I would like to thank Ms. White for making this long awaited comeback to this industry after 17 years. It’s a brave new world in music, and it sounds like the adjustment is just as fine as ever. As a person who appreciates music, and the art of it, this is by far some of the best work of putting together songs, and moments I have ever listened to in my 30+ years being on this planet.
Track 1 “Sista Sista” is an anthem for the ladies of all ages, races, body types, and personalities. This song is also for the men out here to listen to as well, and a mans point of view is to strictly pay attention to, not putting an emphasis on material things, and more. K-Dub (Karyn White) said it on this track when she tells the ladies “Aint nobody trippin…by what you got on.” Karyn does a wonderful job of painting a picture of unity, and the need for it amongst the women, and also for the men to pay attention to the strength that the ladies can display if self love reigns supreme. Track 2 “Dance Floor” makes a person like me, want to get up an dance. I can do very little dancing, but the up tempo sound rivals anything being played in the clubs right now. The hook is catchy “What goes up….must come down….on the dance floor.” There’s so many moments made on this track that stands out, and it gives you a care-free vibe, and it’s a throwback feeling that’s fused nicely into the year 2012 and beyond. You can create many many Dance Floor moments for years to come with a song like this. Track 3 “Its Hot” brought out that classic “Funky” aka “Fonky” sound. Again a nice fusion of sensual, seductive, mixed in with something that will get the average person out of there seat to dance and grind to. The rap by J. Ali kept the vibe turned up all the way with a nice flow attached to the rhymes. Track 4 “Soo Weak” Puts any man into a trance by the beautiful and once again very seductive style of how K. Dub expresses herself on this song. Again, Karyn paints an amazing picture, which a lover of music and a lover period would appreciate. So Weak is very passionate, and is one of those ultimate “make love” tracks that will grab instant replays. Track 5 “My heart cries” is a very emotional song, and if you pay close attention, you’ll be able to capture a moment in time when you have experienced a feeling of having love rise so high, and fall so hard. “My heart cries….a river to you….help me I’m drowning in sadness” Powerful song of emotion because it reminds me of being that man crying a river of tears and being stranded in sadness. Salute for Ms. White for once again painting a perfect picture. Track 6 “Unbreakable” Raises a bar only Karyn will be able to reach. I have no favorite songs, but this one tugs on the heart strings a little more. “Running from the truth….is catchin up to you…..” & “You broke my love to pieces with all the games you played” I’ve been through the heartache of painful relationships, and this songs brings back a ton of memories, but also gives empowerment of surviving it because the heart may hurt…..but its unbreakable. Simply amazing. Track 7 “True Colors” a remake of Cindi Lauper’s classic song and was remade the Karyn White way, and very inspiring that passion for music still has a place in the music industry. I encourage all to listen to this daily. I get more inspiration hearing this voice daily. Track 8 “Seize the Day” (Carpe Diem) very up tempo, and memorable, and another track you can play back over and over. Karyn has never sounded better. Track 9 “Heaven” Expresses not just a nice sound and vocals by Karyn, but also explains about resurrecting a new love that was sent from heaven, and it doesn’t get any better in expressing it through the voice of an angel. (Karyn White) Track 10 “Sista Sista” (Acoustic) Gives a personal touch to this song that track 1 was different from. The acoustic sounds on this track makes me feel like Karyn is not just singing with her God given talent, but also feels like she’s talking to me, and to you one on one…..very personal, and remains very powerful.
Overall: Not only am I impressed, I’m also in awe because I didn’t think anyone can come back after 17 years, and sound as more passionate, and vocally driven. I’ve listened to music for a long time, and through songs, and more I have a personal attachment of appreciation and respect for Karyn White. The Artist, and more importantly the person. This is by far the best selection of songs I’ve ever listened to, and more importantly this is a blue print of how soul music should be displayed. Songs of empowerment, songs to make you dance, songs to make you shed a tear, and also songs to make love to. Ms. White’s voice is just as powerful, and I’ve heard the classic hits like “Superwoman” “Can I Stay with You” "Love Saw It" and more, but I’ve also just witnessed a rebirth of new music from Karyn I will be listening to 50 years from now. Hat’s off to a successful resurrection, but it’s not really a resurrection. It more of an extension of an already lengthy legacy.