I was playing this release in my car last night roaming the streets of LA.  I am not afraid to admit there were a few tracks on this album that almost brought me to tears.

If you are familiar with Bay Area music, you  no doubt have heard of Oakland native Goapele.   The R&B siren is known for staying true to her roots with live soulful performances,  laid-back vibes and instrument based tracks.  When news of her 4th release, Break of Dawn, was announced earlier this year, the music channels were abuzz with excitement.   The album is not to be missed.

Since the release of her last album, Change it All, six years ago, local and national fans have been anticipating a new release.   Since then, she’s experienced a series of transitions including the birth of her daughter and the continuously changing music scene.

After the first few chords of the first song, it is apparent this is a different Goapele from the one first introducted to fans on  2001’s Closer.   Collabos on songwriting is a new approach for her.   This has opened up Break of Dawn and allowed her to engage with other music styles.

Goapele and her production team do not disappoint!   The diverse set of music makers include:  Kanye West, Drumma Boy, Bedrock, Mike Tiger, Malay (John Legend, Mary J. Blige), Jeff Bhasker (The Game, Kanye West, Ludacris, T.I), Bobby Ozuna (Raphael Saadiq, John Mayer, Erykah Badu) and Dan Electric.

The concept of this album presents Goapele as more mature, confident, open, and sensual than her previous releases.  Some of the notable songs on the album include:

“Play”, the 1st song on the album, is one of the best tracks.  Produced by Dan Electric & Teddy Thunderbolt , the hard beat is incredible and compliments Goapele’s instrument beautifully.

Listen to “Milk & Honey” (the original name of this album) produced by Bedrock.  Once the heavy R&B influenced bass kicks in and chords sing, you’ll start bouncing.  This song captures Goapele at her best – singing effortlessly.

On “Undertow” she sings, ” . . . caught up in that undertow, baby I already know.  You know you should leave, something won’t let go, something won’t let go.”  The haunting chords in the background are a perfect match for her melodies.

The title track “Break of Dawn”, produced by Malay, is a song that grooves and bounces as Goapele vocals dance with the beat,” . . . time waits for no one, I got to move on.”

“Right Here” produced by Drumma boy is a heavily hip-hop influenced bass-line, complimented by chords and synths screaming cyclicaal notes as she sings, ” . . .there’s no place I’d rather see, I just wanna, I just wanna be right here.”

Longtime fans will love this album; especially her expanded sound.   Be sure to purchase the album and tell Infotainmentnews your favorite song.   Did you almost cry like I did?