By Yasmine Shemesh
Dust off your record collection and make a space next to Marvin and Otis — their younger brothers have arrived.
On the Boom Booms’ just-released sophomore album, Love is Overdue, Vancouver’s beloved six piece lay the lovin’ on thick with nods to classic soul and flavourful R&B. Produced by Grammy Award winner Chin Injeti (Dr. Dre, Aloe Blacc), the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011′s ¡Hot Rum! plays like the soundtrack to the most romantic night of your life and checks off all the moments in between. From infectious rump shakers to sensual slow jams, Love is Overdue is one half Hot Buttered Soul, the other Signed, Sealed & Delivered, and funky all the way from head to toe.
The velvety croon of lead singer Aaron Ross soars out amongst wailing organs and sultry warps on the opening title track, continuing on to soak throughout the album’s amorous themes and playful dynamics. Jazzy cuts like “Gliding on Moonlight” and “If My City” visit the traditions of Motown with punchy basslines and splashy rhythm, meshing bubbling licks from bassist Geordie Hart with the tight beats of drummer Richard Brinkman and percussionist Theo Vincent.
“Drifting” brings emotional depth and pangs of heartache — guitarist Tom Van Deursen shines brightly, plucking his strings tenderly and exuding a special kind of magic from his nimble fingertips. “Foolish” raises the tempo back up, with glossy harmonies, slinky guitar, and glittering notes courtesy of keyboardist Sean Ross. Things end in a beautiful fog with “Crowchild,” a slow burner and appropriate closer to the groovy opus.
Altogether sweet, smooth, and dripping in sex, this record is one that will leave the windows steamy. It may have been overdue, but love is finally here — and it feels really good.
Love is Overdue is available on the Boom Booms’ website.
Published online at www.vancitybuzz.com, October 2014