One of the first debuts from ArtistDirect's recently launched iMusic, former Arrested Development frontman Speech returns with Spiritual People.

One of the first debuts from ArtistDirect's recently launched iMusic, former Arrested Development frontman Speech returns with Spiritual People. Keeping in the tradition that he founded with Arrested Development, the Atlanta native transcends straight hip-hop, blending elements of jazz, gospel, pop, and soul. "The Simple Love of Life" is a feel-good, gospel-inspired sing-along very reminiscent of Arrested Development's "Everyday People." Speech takes a stand against hip-hop's commercial influences on "Brought to You By . . . (Music & Life)," while the horn-drenched title track is a head-nodding affair with a reggae vibe. On the jazz-inflected "Brother Speech," the artist proves he is still a nimble lyricist. The true beauty of Spiritual People lies in its musical backdrops. Speech's ability to effortlessly mix and match various genres with a down-home feel gives the set its true soul.—RH

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