In preparation for Valentine's Day 2006, Victor Fields has released Victor, his third disc on Regina Records.
In preparation for Valentine's Day 2006, Victor Fields has released Victor, his third disc on Regina Records. Working again with producer Chris Camozzi, Fields has created an old fashioned album of love songs that straddles the Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary line quite nicely. The disc is unabashedly romantic, and sports a series of ballads, such as "Show Me the Way Back To Your Heart" and "Colder Than Winter," that could have easily been on a Stevie Woods or Lionel Richie album twenty years ago. He counters them with strong smooth jazz midtempos like "This Could Be Paradise" and "Love Will Save the Day" before closing with the smoky jazz cut "Something Tells Me" and the theatrical pop ballad "It's Never Too Late In Life." Fields' vocals are pleasant but rather unassuming, and the album sags a bit on ethereal covers of "Night and Day" and "Lush Life" -- songs that have achieved classic status in the hands of more distinctive (even legendary) singers. But Victor is overall a good effort, and an almost nostalgic reminder of what urban adult contemporary meant not so long ago: melodic, romantic music, without attitude. Worth a listen.
By Chris Rizik