A friend recommended I check out a video of Hugo playing "99 Problems" on YouTube. Fifteen seconds into the song I knew I would buy the entire album. This album is a complex mixture of powerful, beautifully composed, instrumentals that are intertwined with Hugo's mastery of vocal inflection, his dynamic versatility, and soulful voice . The bass lines alone in many of the songs will have you stepping on the gas and blowing past speed..
First and foremost the lyrics on this album blow. me. away. This album has it all -- rock, pop, soul a dash of international flavor -- all the influences mesh together brilliantly...and originally. I think the best compliment I can pay is there isn't a single track on this CD that I skip. There are not many CD's I can say that about... So I am no professional music reviewer by any stretch of the imagination (so be nice) but here are some random comments/thoughts..