This is the album that got the buzz started on Sy Smith, but since it was never released, the buzz only went so far. But advance copies of the LP spread like wildfire and garnered Sy fans from all over the globe. At once her sound drew comparisons to some of the other nu-soul sounds of that era, but Sy quickly set herself apart from her contemporaries with her quirky lyrics, energetic live shows paired with much of her own co-production!
Here are some of the reviews:
"Sy Smith's debut album, Psykosoul, is a musical story: tales of the ups and downs, ins and outs, and inevitable bittersweet feelings of relationships. The album is definitely worth a listen and fits perfectly into the genre of "nu classic soul." Smith's slick style of writing over organic yet urban tracks showcases a brilliant marriage of classic soul and hip-hop. Anyone who bought The P.J.'s soundtrack album will have witnessed her ability before. Her brilliant cover of Edie Brickell's "What I Am" was featured on the soundtrack and rounds off this debut. The standout track is called "That Ring," interpolating Donny Hathaway's classic "Someday We'll All Be Free" to great effect. Each song tells a story about relationships; however, Psykosoul cannot be described as monotonous and will become an album left on "repeat" in your CD player. Sy Smith, the singer, the songwriter, the producer, the actress, deserves to be around for years to come." - Paul Clifford
"Producers include: Sy Smith, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Budda, Madukwu Chinwah, Arvel McClinton... The engaging Ms. Smith is not your cookie cutout prefabrication that labels have been churning out like musical widgets. She writes all her own material and produced PSYKOSOUL, a refreshing blend of modern hip-hop and classic soul/R&B grooves. The sexy songstress explores a gamut of urban stories that effortlessly strike a universal chord. "Good N Strong" has a little En Vogue flavor to it, with less pretense and more gritty realism. The darker side of love grooves hard in "Gladly." As deft as she is at being serious, Sy is not without a healthy sense of humor. In "That Ring," she cleverly twists a lullaby as she sings, "Mamma's going to buy you a big fat mockingbird / And if that bird it don't sing / Mamma's going to sue for breach of contract / then have the gold to buy the ring." With PSYKOSOUL, Sy Smith is poised to blow up and take the music community by storm." - CD Universe
This is psykosoul at it's best! A category of soul branded by Sy herself, a torch she still carries by writing songs with interesting melodies, witty words and futuristic production! (If you don't know, check out her other CD, "The Syberspace Social")
released July 11, 2006
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