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We have been a major fan for years of Rockapella's singer/songwriter/arranger/producer Scott Leonard, who puts his talent and versatility in the spotlight on this solo, all-a cappella recording, '1 man, 1 mike.' We also have an admiration for artists who push the a cappella envelope enough to include an announcement like 'This is an a cappella recording. All sounds were created vocally, or by Scott Leonard 'slapping up gainst hisself,' and wonder with the ultra-funky first cut, 'Moneyman,' how he came up with the rock-solid vocal percussion and faux synthesizer. The amazement continues with the smooth, rhythmic 'Boomerang Monkey Love' and powerful, boogying 'H'eau.' There are a pair of wonderful renditions of songs Scott performed with Rockapella, 'California Sad-Eyed Girl' and the driving '4U4Now4Life,' only he's vocally accompanying and harmonizing with himself, instead of with one of the greatest a cappella bands in the world. Included are 11 songs that need to be listened to several times to appreciate how much of a star Leonard truly is. 'Love Last,' 'Tell Me What You Want,' 'Sunset Strangler,' 'There Will Be Love'-this is all wonderful stuff. 'Impressive' is not a strong enough word for this solo CD, so we'll go with 'amazing.' Thank you, Mr. Leonard, and more, please!
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