Musiq Soulchild, ‘Humble Pie’ | Track Review
Musiq Soulchild continues to bring consistency to the R&B game with “Humble Pie,” a promo single from his latest album, ‘Feel the Real.’
At this point, Musiq Soulchild has earned his stripes a veteran in the R&B game. The Philly musician was one of the biggest names in the now defunct neo-soul movement. Even as R&B has cooled down considerably through the years, Musiq has continued dropping album after album. He returns in 2017 with 24-track double album, Feel the Real. Ahead of the album’s release, he issued singles “Sooner or Later,” “Start Over,” “Humble Pie,” and “Simple Things.”
“Humble Pie” features many of the pros one expects of Musiq Soulchild. Vocally, the R&B artist remains as consistent as ever. His instrument is incredible, chocked-full of soul and representing the Philly soul scene like a champ. Neo-soul may be long gone, but Musiq certainly doesn’t let us forget the significance of the movement, nor his legacy. Another strong characteristic is the harmonic progression. In an age where standard, often simple chords rules, the music behind Musiq maintains complexity – jazzy twists and turns. This has always been the case with him, and continues to be on “Humble Pie.”
There aren’t many cons surrounding “Humble Pie.” Checking off the expected boxes, perhaps the biggest rub is that this joint seems like it lacks some finesse. It’s well performed and the harmonic progression is cool, but it’s a tad bit ‘clunky.’ Part of that is the product of so many things occurring, including the production, lead vocals, and then those signature backing vocals, which Musiq loves. Ultimately, its nitpicking to the nth degree.
All in all, “Humble Pie” gives Musiq Soulchild another well-rounded, enjoyable R&B joint. Good R&B is hard to come by these days – just keeping it 100 – yet Musiq continues to stay on the grind. Perhaps he’s not the freshest voice in the industry, but he continues to flex, and the ‘gun show’ is remains pretty impressive.