Flashback Friday Moment of The Week: 5/14/2021

by Juan Thomas
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During my independent study period in Spanish today, I was listening to music from 2007 on my Windows Media Player. One of the tracks that played was “My Philosophy” by Soul: ID. It’s been several years since I last heard that track and that brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: the Soul: ID debut album.

How I first came across this moment? I first came across Soul: ID’s Sex, Love & Philosophy in August 2009, nearly 2 years after its worldwide release. I had attended the Laura Izibor concert at Billboard Live Tokyo and I was really feeling her sound so much that one of the other attendees suggested that I check out a group called Soul: ID, which had a female singer that was just as good. I checked them out and the songstress—T’Chai—was as advertised. I immediately took a liking to the group and their sound. I purchased the album off Amazon and it received very heavy rotational play from me late in the Summer of 2009 and into the fall.

What it meant to me then? At the time, I barely had any music based out of Africa in my Windows Media Player library. In fact, only Rhian Benson’s “Say How I Feel” off the Gold Coast album was the only track in my expansive library. Adding Soul: ID was a bit of a change of pace but it also opened me up to African R&B.

What it means to me now? Of course, as with most music from that time, everything fell off eventually. The last time I listened to Soul: ID had to be in 2013 when I was dating Miss Stillman College. That entire album is still banging though. I’m actually listening as I write this post. “Even Though” still gets to me as one of the best pure love songs out there. Of course, the aforementioned “My Philosophy” still kicks with that ridiculous beat and the instant head rockin’ it forces you into. “How Comes” isn’t slouchy either. But the best track on the album, in my opinion, remains “Beauty & Sin”. That verse that V opened with still makes it a superstar track. I’m going to have to make sure I put it back on the Juan Thomas Presents…Quiet Storm playlist. At some point down the line, I’ll do an album review on it.

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