I think that the ballad is the most underappreciated musical style in mainstream R&B today. It’s not that artists are not making slow songs; they are. It’s just that too often those songs become a platform for somebody to brag about their sexual prowess or to objectify women. Not that I’m a prude. I just like songs that can be sensual without moving too far into voyeurism.
The band defies the gravitational pull of mediocrity on its ballads. A numbers like the spoken word “Do Me Like a Lion” provides a unique take on a chemistry-filled chance meeting that results in a romantic interlude and a little bundle of joy nine months later. I know, it sounds like I’m contradicting myself here, but you just gotta hear Menoosha Susungi’s lyrics. The sweet “Anoosha’s Lullaby” captures the joy, commitment and fear that accompanies the birth of a new child, while the mid-tempo “Tongue Tied” describes that the feeling that comes when your mack daddy (or in this case, mack momma) game abandons you at exactly the wrong time.
With High, Moon Base continues the trend of European based artists taking a swing at making original music in classic R&B styles. This group connects most of the time. Couples who listen to Moon Base work those ballads will be doing a little connecting of their own. Recommended
By Howard Dukes