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IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE ITS BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE THE EPIC R&B/SOUTHERN SOUL CD, "TIME SERVED" HIT THE RADIO AND DOMINATED THE CHARTS AND AIRPLAY FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS. BUT OMAR CUNNINGHAM IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM TITLED "GROWING PAINS" THAT WILL AGAIN DOMINATE THE SOUTHERN SOUL WORLD AND BEYOND. THE NEW CD FEATURES 10 SUPER SOUL LAYERED TRACKS THAT WILL PLEASE SOUTHERN SOUL AND R&B FANS WORLDWIDE. EACH TRACK IS A STANDOUT, SOMETHING OMAR IS NOW FAMOUS FOR. THE LEAD SINGLE IS A SOUL THUMPING GRITTY SONG WITH A HINT OF THE OLD STAX SOUND CALLED "I'M YOUR MAINTENANCE MAN." OMAR, ALREADY ACCLAIMED  AS THE BEST SOUL BLUES WRITER AND HE HAS THE AWARDS AND HITS FOR HIMSELF AND OTHER ARTISTS TO PROVE IT, REALLY TAKES THE FEMALE LISTENER ON METAPHORICAL JOY RIDE WITH "MAINTENCE MAN".  OMAR GOES FROM GRITTY SOUL TO PLAYFUL R&B WITH THE SOON TO BE CLASSIC, "WHAT YOU WANT WITH MY MOMA TO A HINT OF MOTOWN WITH "I CAN'T MAKE YOU DO RIGHT'. ANOTHER STANDOUT IS THE SMOOTH BUT SERIOUS BALLAD, "IF WE CAN'T GET ALONG" WHICH IS PRIMED FOR MASS AIRPLAY AND URBAN AC APPEAL. OMAR EVEN HAS A TRACK THAT WILL GET THE CLUBS JUMPING WITH "LET ME SEE YOU SHAKE YOUR JELLY." OMAR GET BACK TO HIS SOUL BLUES ROOTS WITH THE TRACKS, "MR. LOWDON", "FIND A GOOD WOMAN" AND "THAT'S A LIE." AND THEN THERE'S THE SUPER LOVE BALLAD, "HERE I AM." YES, OMAR WENT A PERFECT 10 FOR 10 AS HE CLOSED THE CD OUT WITH A INSPIRATIONAL SONG, "GOTTA KEEP", FEATURING LACEE, VICK ALLEN, BIGG ROBB AND LAMORRIS WILLIAMS.

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Sam Craddock - Soul 1st Entertainment (Aug 31, 2011)

Omar Cunningham

5 Star Review!!! Omar Cunningham ***** He's done it again. Actually better than before. A perfect Southern Soul single with "My Life". Like "Check To Check" and "I'll Get By" Cunningham has painted another aural picture sympathetic of the Everyman's life. It's tough out here. At the same time it's sentimental in it's earnest ruminations about his dear late Grandmother who "was the truth" and a "little nappy-headed boy" who "made it" despite humble beginnings. That little boy was Omar. And what an emotive, Gospel-inflected vocal! This midtempo swayer is simply inspiring and all hooks. Brilliant! It will be hard to find a better song in 2008. "A lot of things I had to go without/I still find it hard to talk about". That line gives me chills every time. Like his previous LP's "Served" straddles the line between mainstream R & B and "Party Blues". The don't-get-caught-cheating song "The Same Soap" would easily pass for an R. Kelly song. It's a lift-up-your cup rhythm slyly reminiscent of Kelly's smash "Ignition (remix)". It's also a highly specific cheating tale. TMI? He says he's gotta "smell the same when I get home" so he needs the "same soap" he showered with at the crib. In one sense he complains about how suspicious and investigative his woman is but looks like she's justified. Better is the faithful-minded "The Right Woman", a bumper featuring fellow Soul1st Records artists Daybreakk! who send the refrain through the stratosphere with their harmonies. The party dancers continue with "This Old Music", "Check To Check 2008" and the steppin' "That's My Jam", which could hit the mainstream charts if the "Blues" label doesn't hold Omar back. On the slow tip Omar only has only a couple peers (Willie Clayton and Steve Perry) and this time he serves up the piano ballad "Could You Be", the autobiographical "Ain't Nothing Changed" and the clever "The Beauty Shop". Here he gets busted when his girl hears gossip about Omar when she's getting her hair done. She said "The beauty shop is putting our business in the street". Forget about the soap Omar you can't wash away the 411. Anyway the skinny on Omar and this album is you'd be a sho' nuff fool not to buy it! copyright 2007, 2008 by Blues Critic Media