Upon listening to this album, it becomes easy to understand the lofty comparisons made to the likes of Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack and Al Green. ‘Ain’t Nobody Worryin’’, the third LP from Hamilton, welcomes back true soul. Renowned for his sincere lyrics and emotional delivery, Hamilton does not disappoint. Rather, he simply continues where he left off with sophomore production, ‘Comin’ From Where I’m From’.
Clearly the album is personal. With Hamilton it always is. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, he successfully imparts his knowledge of the southern lifestyle to the listener. It is little wonder therefore that life, love and pain serve as a primary source for his heartening lyrics.
The stand out tracks are the single, ‘Can’t Let Go’ which, despite challenging circumstances speaks of an unyielding love for his other half. The title track, ‘Ain’t Nobody Worryin’’ is a welcome recognition of a number of societal issues that, until now have been swept under the carpet. Still, Hamilton is not all despondence. In what is likely his most joyful offering to date, he mixes the tempo and feel well with tracks such as ‘Sista Big Bone’, an ode to the ‘thicker-set’ women, and the reggae inspired ‘Everybody’, which folk young and old could appreciate. For those attracted to controversy. ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ should establish itself as the track of choice. Speaking on the possible antics of a preacher’s daughter in light of his absence from helping others, any controversy is found in the truth of the topic. A personal favorite is the gospel oriented ‘Pass me Over’ which includes some enriching words.
Essentially each track is noteworthy for something, whether choice of instruments, vocal ability or content. In just twelve songs, Hamilton has been generous in giving the listener a complete soul album. Nothing more. Certainly nothing less. It is easy to understand how Hamilton has been within the industry for over a decade already. The only confusion is why his contributions have not been more widely documented. Something tells me this will not be the case any longer.