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"Feel So Good"

Simone De (New Album Alert!)



May 30, 2017:

New Album Alert!


Sample/Buy Simone De's new UNBELIEVABLE CD at CD Baby.

UNBELIEVABLE TRACK LIST:


1. Better Man

2. Give It to Me Baby

3. Good Love

4. Heard It Through the Grapevine

5. Let's Do It Again

6. Physical

7. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

8. Something to Talk About

9. You Need Love

10. Woman You Are (Remix)


Daddy B. Nice notes:

What appears to be Lacee singing on the song "You Need Love" is actually Trish Clemetson, according to the YouTube video (click link) posted in 2014. The video also reports the song is from the album BAD BOY, where the title is "Need Love."

"Something To Talk About," the first single from the new album, charted in April 2017:

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------APRIL 2017-------

…7.

"Something To Talk About"-----Simone De

Simone De's niche is melodic ballads steeped in old-school nostalgia, and "Something To Talk About" is an outstanding example.


Listen to Simone De singing "Something To Talk About" on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "Good Love" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes: Watch for the upcoming review.

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Scroll down to the "Tidbits" section for the latest updates on Simone De. To automatically link to the charted singles, citations, awards and other references to Simone De on the website, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.


--Daddy B. Nice


About Simone De (New Album Alert!)

December 1, 2013:

SIMONE DE: Bad Boy (Premier Music Ent.) Four Stars **** Distinguished Effort. Should please old fans and gain new.


A colorful character, book author and onetime Congressional candidate with the looks of a model, 50-year-old, Mobile, Alabama-based Simone De (Moore)'s new album, "Bad Boy," showcases an emerging Gulf-Coast star on the cusp of discovering his true southern soul identity.

"De" has at least a couple of previous albums--A Definitive Collection and Soul Enchantment --under his belt. The singer first became a blip on your Daddy B. Nice's radar in 2006 with his single, "Since I Lost You, Baby," which populated all the deejay charts of the time.

Not to be confused with the well-known Temptations standard, Simone De's "Since I Lost You, Baby" was a pleasantly-tempo-ed romantic ballad sung in a nasal, pleading tenor.

But Simone De really broke here at Southern Soul RnB in 2012 with the release of his song, "Feels So Good."

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

JUNE 2012

1. "Feels So Good"------Simone De

You hear the opening bars and you think you're listening to Karen Wolfe's "Man Enough" published by Anna Coday's B&J Records a couple of years ago. Simone De uses the background track of the Omar Cunningham-written song and gives it a surprisingly different cast, complete with new lyrics and a passionate, nuanced vocal.


Listen to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" on YouTube while you read.

And later that summer, in a "Corner" article on Nikki DeMarks from WDLT Mobile's All Blues Saturdays, your Daddy B. Nice was still marveling at the new perspective:

And as Simone De's "Feels So Good" filled the air space with the sound of Omar Cunningham's background from the Karen Wolfe classic, "Man Enough" (a burglary I condemned the first time I heard the Simone De promo single), I found my former criticism of the song irrelevant. I found "Man Enough" dissolving before my very eyes.

Listen to Karen Wolfe singing "Man Enough" on YouTube.

This had happened before. The first time, for example, I heard Larry Milton's "Knock My Boots," which kidnaps the background from The Love Doctor's "Slow Roll It." After an initial period of disdain, I gave into Larry Milton's vision. Now I always look forward to hearing "Knock My Boots."

Similarly, listening to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" on Nikki DeMarks' program on WDLT, the Karen Wolfe memories were dissolving. I couldn't remember the melody to "Man Enough." I was into what Simone De was doing with the very same background. "Feels So Good" FELT so good.


"Feels So Good"'s uniqueness came from the vocal's "grit," and when I talk about Simone De's "southern soul identity" I'm talking about De's passionate vocals--as gritty as traction sand--should he choose to undertake this southern soul "mission impossible".

Here's the reason I mention the iffy "should." A good number of tracks on BAD BOY have nothing to do with southern soul, including "Bad Boy" itself, which is done in an 80's-funk style, and could be an out-take on a Bigg Robb album of a decade ago, before he got serious Southern Soul "religion."

Listen to Simone De singing "Bad Boy" on YouTube.

Here's a peek at the highlights grit-wise and non-grit-wise on BAD BOY:

"Wanna Be Your Lover." A worthy mid-tempo ballad from 2006's A Definitive Collection. Based on an old Staples riff ("Do It Again"), it signaled Simone De's habit of either covering undisputed soul classics or composing new ones that sound eerily close.

Thus, the inclusion of "Tonight Is The Night," a McCartney-esque ballad, bordering on--yet for the most part avoiding--the trite and sentimental, also taken from A Definitive Collection , along with "Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Since I Left You, Baby."

(Rolling over previously-recorded songs, by the way, is a common practice--and much-needed one--where little-known artists with scantly-distributed early CD's are concerned.)

"Need Love" is a distinguished new song, a heartfelt ballad with vivid details and a sparkling arrangement. The outing features a duet with an excellent, uncredited female singer.

"Woman You Are, another new tune, sounds extra-special, with an impressive mid-tempo melody, a sumptious arrangement and a gritty vocal. This song has the potential to be a hit single.

Listen to Simone De singing "Woman You Are" on YouTube.

"So Right, So Good," released by De earlier in 2013 as a single, is okay but derivative (The Isleys, The Average White Band).

Simone De's old standard, "Since I Lost You, Baby," however, sounds especially memorable, with De skillfully bending notes with unique twists and turns as he traverses the compelling melody line.

Listen to Simone De singing "Since I Lost You, Baby" on YouTube.

A handful of other songs from the twelve-track collection fall short of spectacular, making the set uneven at best. But overall, it's hard to complain about a CD which contains the likes of "Feels So Good," "Woman You Are," "Need Love," "Since I Lost You, Baby," "Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Tonight Is The Night."

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Not for sale through national distributors/retailers yet. Go to the official Simone De website.

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Simone De Discography:

I Can't Take It No More (2005)

A Definitive Collection (2006)

Soul Enchantment (2011)

Bad Boy (2013)

Unbelievable (2017)


Tidbits

1.

Simone De on YouTube:

Listen to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" live onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing " Sha La La La" and "Oh Girl" live onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "I Can't Take It No More" live onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "Woman You Are" on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "Since I Lost You Baby" on YouTube.

Listen to Simone De singing "Come And Go With Me" on YouTube.

2.


RE: The Instrumental Track for "Feels So Good"...Simone De replies in the 2014 Mailbag.

Daddy B. Nice had written (in a "News & Notes")

And as Simone De's "Feels So Good" filled the air space with the sound of Omar Cunningham's background from the Karen Wolfe classic, "Man Enough" (a burglary I condemned the first time I heard the Simone De promo single), I found my former criticism of the song irrelevant. I found "Man Enough" dissolving before my very eyes.

Listen to Simone De singing "Feels So Good" on YouTube while you read.

Simone De replied:




Daddy B. Nice,

Thank you...I will have the (Bad Boy) CD Wed. Dec. 4th. I will publish it then. I have already done the leg work, I was waiting on the actual arrival. Thank you again!!!!!

By the way....I would like to say this as humble as I can. I paid cash money for the Rights of "Feel So Good." Karen Wolfe later called me and apologized for accusing me of (using the background of "Man Enough") without permission. I have the documentation and her producer made her aware of it. So I was never a burglar. I'm 48 years old kicking high!!! LOL!!!! Thank you again!!!!!

Simone De

Listen to Simone De singing "Feel So Good" on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Simone De

Read Daddy B. Nice's New CD Review of Simone De's BAD BOY CD.


Honorary "B" Side

"Since I Lost You Baby"



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Feel So Good


CD: Feel So Good Single
Label: Premier Music Ent.

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Feel So Good Single


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Sample or Buy Since I Lost You Baby by  Simone De (New Album Alert!)
Since I Lost You Baby


CD: Simone De: A Definitive Collection
Label: Simone De

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A Definitive Collection


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Sample or Buy Feel So Good (Remastered) by  Simone De (New Album Alert!)
Feel So Good (Remastered)


CD: Bad Boy
Label: Simone De/Premier Music

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Bad Boy


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A Love To Call Mine


CD: Soul Enchantment
Label: Simone De/Premier



4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
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Woman You Are


CD: Bad Boy
Label: Simone De/Premier Music

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Bad Boy


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