Stay With Me (By The Sea)
Label: Blue Note Records
Al Green's first two comeback recordings for Blue Note felt right and sounded wonderful, but they were missing that elusive magic. Lay It Down brings the magic, making it a work that can stand tall next to Green's classic recordings. Coproducers ?uestLove and James Poyser bring in the Dap-King Horns and vocalists Anthony Hamilton, Corinne Bailey Rae and John Legend, yet the results never veer from Green's unique artistry. The songs are top-rate, and the entire set is burnished with soul. Forget genre and age -- this is universal love music, in the secular and spiritual sense.