We are days away from the release of Eric Roberson's 17th album, Lessons, on Friday, April 1st. The highly anticipated collection is anchored by the singles "Lessons" and its remix, but Erro has debuted another single to herald the album's arrival. After assembling a contemporary soul dream team of Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn and Kevin Ross on the "Lessons (Remix)," Roberson does it again, this time digging in the '90s R&B crates to bring back the group Intro and their late lead singer Kenny Greene on the song "All I Want."
Intro made a splash in R&B in 1993 with the release of their self-titled debut album. They scored a massive hit with their cover of Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon In The Sky," which was included on Intro and featured Kenny absolutely bodying the remake. The fellas released their sophomore album, New Life, in 1995, but the album didn't hit as big as their first and it would turn out to be their last. Sadly, Kenny Greene passed away in 2001, but group members Jeff Sanders and Buddy Wike keep the Intro legacy alive on "All I Want" with Erro.
Producer Dwayne Bastiany lays down a dreamy, synth-heavy instrumental that sounds plucked right outta the mid-1990s for "All I Want." Eric builds on that foundation, adding his melodious vocals and loving lyrics co-written with Bastiany to the track.
He tells the story of a woman who has him wide open in the first verse. "She made everything feel so new / Never imagined she could do / All the things she did to me all night long / Felt like she was dancing with me / To our own private melody / While my soul and her soul wrote the song," he sings about their sensual encounter. Their only time together was special, but it was fleeting, and Eric wants nothing more than to recapture the magic that they made. He states his claim on the chorus, singing, "I would give all I have, for all I want / Cause all I want is you."
Kenny Greene and the remaining members of Intro come into play on the bridge and outro. Previously unheard vocals by Greene make a stunning appearance on the bridge and will give his fans all of the nostalgic feels. Buddy and Jeff then join Roberson to add their newly recorded airtight harmonies and vocal flourishes to the track as it builds to a big finish before fading out.
"This song has everything in it that I love about R&B. Emotional subject matter, memorable melody and dark, deep soulful music," Eric said about the track via press release. "I am a huge fan of the group Intro. The lead singer, Kenny Greene, was one of the best writers and singers I had ever heard. With him passing in 2001, he left a void in R&B. I am extremely happy to have a performance from him showcased on this record." Erro isn't the only one happy, this song is every single thing.
Eric Roberson is in his '90s R&B bag on "All I Want," and the addition of Intro's original members and vocals from the late great Kenny Greene are the equivalent of a chef's kiss. C'est magnifique!- Advertisement -
Get caught up in the rapture and listen to "All I Want" below. If you can't wait until Friday, April 1st for Lessons to be released, purchase the album directly from Eric's website and you may just receive a physical copy early like fans who already ordered the set and are jamming to it as we speak.