Single Review: Tuac’s ‘Higher Ground’

Behind his silky-smooth voice, Tuac’s “Higher Ground” is an R&B track infused with a Motown flavor that quickly induces a smile. For a singer that has collaborated with artists the likes of The Roots, Citizen Cope, Common and Wu Tang Clan, this track is the polar opposite.

It’s not a misogynistic or gloating anthem that has no other purpose than to make money. This is a track of positivity, of hope. A reminder that life isn’t perfect and we all need help on the way to our own path to happiness.

If you’re someone looking for catchy, brainless hip-hop debauchery, then you’ll be sadly disappointed with “Higher Ground.” But, if you’re in the mood for some catchy retro-soul, it’ll give you something to listen to on a sunny walk to the train.

The many comparisons Tuac receives to the legendary Marvin Gaye are, without a doubt, warranted. KC Price’s and music lyrics could also easily be classified as Sam Cooke- esque; the healthy hook drives the song, but the continuity in the verses and gospel-inspired repetition fill out the sound. Considering that, the tracks’ catchy nature makes it all too easy to get lost in Tuac’s voice.

But there’s a message there, too. The days of Gaye, The Four Tops, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and other classic Motown and soul acts are completely a part of the Tuac’s shtick. At the same time, his collaboration with Price and voice make him different from every other R & B upstart out there today.

Legends the likes of Gaye and Cooke may have passed on, but Tuac has arrived. It may be too early to anoint him as R & B and soul’s new savior, but he’s not a figment of the studio. He doesn’t need to sample or reverb or any other fancy nuance. He can flat-out sing. That, is what soul and R & B is all about. Something that has been lost over the past decade.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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