For anyone feeling jilted, confused, or otherwise romantically off kilter this holiday season, allow Lee Fields to put things in perspective with his harmonious soul stylings and old-school love knowledge.
"Love Comes and Goes" stands out on My World, the 2009 album from Lee Fields & the Expressions that garnered minor attention and landed on a few best-albums-of-the-year lists (though not the big ones). Here, Fields and his band perform it at the Southpaw in Brooklyn in the summer of 2009.
Fields has been around the block a few times, which is probably how he knows about love's coming and going. He began his musical career in the 1960s, putting out "Let's Talk It Over"/"She's a Lovemaker" in 1979 (now considered a vinyl collectible), followed by several albums in the 1990s.
On the 2009 album, he hit a stride: On "My World," Fields channels Percy Sledge and Sam Cooke, taking his voice--a well-worn, James-Brown-esque instrument that's both smooth and rusty--into slow, soul-groove territory. And the Expressions are a solid backing group (see the instrumental "Expressions Theme" for proof). If you need a reason to buy this music, Fields himself encourages you to do so as a musical stimulus.