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Lee Fields and The Expressions 'Special Night' Album Premiere: Exclusive
Take one quick listen of today’s music and remnants of 1960s funk-soul elements exude in an influx of artists’ work from Bruno Mars to Janelle Monae. After sifting through Lee Fields & the Expressions’ musical collection, his cuts appear less as an adaption and more of a direct reflection of the timeless era. With their upcoming album Special Night -- which Billboard is streaming exclusively below -- the soul artist and his supporting band continue to evolve while still remaining true to their 60s roots.
“This is a record about what people do in real life," Lee told Billboard. Special Night discusses an array of “real life” experiences like love, reflected in album’s title track “Special Night," an emotive sweet melody which finds Fields’ singing to the woman of his dreams. “See I was just a sad and lonely man, living in a lonely world," he coos on the love track. “Then you came and took my hand, now my prayers have been answered, I’m so glad to be your man.”
Elsewhere on the album, Lee Fields delivers “Make The World Better," which speaks on humanity and the world pushing towards unity, a timely message given the state of the world today.
Lee Fields and the Expressions tapped the musical stylings of Leon Michels (from the bands El Michels Affair and The Arcs) as well as Thomas Brenneck, whose worked with the late Amy Winhouse. “The recording session for the Special Night album was pretty much very natural. It felt as if everything fell perfectly in place,” Fields continues. “Also I feel that the songs that comprise this album, fits the time we are living in at the moment. I'm very proud of this album.”
Special Night will be available for purchase on Friday (Nov. 4) via Big Crown Records. Listen to the full album below.