written by: Carla Bynum
The Grammy nominated singer released his self titled debut album on September 23rd and he wants to put the love back into R&B.
He takes us back to the old school with the sexy 80’s inspired “Dancing in the Dark.” He sings about how he wants to lay his lady’s body down and party with the lights out.
“Don’t Do It” is the first of three interludes on the album and LJ’s vocals are backed by a beatbox and harmonizing. He sings about a girl with thick thighs that he saw around the way that he just had to approach. She lets him know she’s a Scorpio and guarantees she knows how to show him a good time.
LJ wants to forget a not-so-sweet memory of a girl he used to know on the song “Trouble.” He should have looked at all the signs but he was too blinded by her beauty.
He feels like a man on the run in the song conveniently title “The Run.” He challenges the woman that is interested in him to catch him if she can.
“Glass House” is about a fragile relationship that is nearing its breaking point. LJ wonders why his woman would throw rocks at a glass house and expect it not to break.
LJ seemingly can’t forget about his ex in the semi-ballad “Exit Wounds.” Mid-song he changes his tone. He assures her that his heart is no longer a heart but it’s an exit wound that won’t heal and she can get out and take everything she came with.
In another interlude “TimeX,” he tries to help a woman find love after having her heartbroken.
The album’s first official single “Options” features Rick Ross and is about a tumultuous relationship between LJ and his girl. They fuss and fight and they have the option to either stay together or leave each other alone. Later in the song, we find out that his girl is actually pregnant and the option that they now face is to have the baby or not. “Taking life is never an option,” he sings.
“I Want You” is the song that placed LJ on our radar back in late 2011. The song was featured on his first mixtape #Luke and gained him a Grammy nomination. He sings about how he waited all his life for someone like the girl that makes his heart dance and all he wants is her.
LJ promises to give his girl all she needs on the funky old school inspired song “Exposé.”
“Make Love to Me” is the type of song that makes you feel good all over. LJ promises that the lady he has his eyes on hasn’t made love until she makes love to him.
LJ puts his own spin on the hit song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. His version is slightly slowed down and has an acoustic feel to it.
Luke James is an artist who has been underrated and overlooked in the past. With his debut album he took risks and proved that he is fighting for his place in the R&B game. Luke James is an album that will make you want to fall in love all over again. LJ is sure to gain a few fans with this release.
Recommended Tracks: “Love XYZ,” “Trouble,” “Don’t Do It,” “Exit Wounds”