There’s always a lesson to be learned in life. R&B/soul veteran Eric Roberson runs through a few learnings on his new album, Lessons. His latest set marks his first album since Hear from Here, an album released by surprise in spring 2020.
Featuring 11 tracks, Lessons comes across as a lively, soul-stirring album that packs gentle messages for those involved romantically with someone.
Roberson is head-over-heels for his woman on “High On You,” where he’s too occupied in her company to do anything else, even hanging out with his friends.
“Don’t Run From It Baby,” produced by Anikan & Vader, who also serves as co-executive producers, hears Robinson laying it out to a skeptical interest that he’s a good guy and only wants the feeling to be mutual.
The treat of the album is “Tried To Be Your Friend,” the lengthiest song on Lessons, produced by B Jazz. The quality of Robinson’s voice here has a Stevie Wonder-like tone, making this a pleasantly persuasive listen.
In a statement, Robinson told the story behind the previously mentioned tune. “I love writing songs that create conversations,” he said.
“More times than not, the response to this song will be about an experience the listener went through. With ‘Tried To Be Your Friend,’ I wrote from a perspective that may not paint the storyteller in the best light but would highlight one of the most honest parts about them.”
The title track, released as the first single back in June 2021, makes the final tracklist. Its official remix featuring R&B gents Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, and Kevin Ross closes the album.
Additional guest appearances include Cory Henry, Pop Robinson, Mumu Fresh, and the R&B trio Intro, whose frontman Kenny Greene, died in 2001. The remaining members are Jeff Sanders, and Clinton “Buddy” Wike.
“This song has everything in it that I love about R&B,” Robinson shared about “All I Want.”
“Emotional subject matter, memorable melody and dark, deep soulful music. 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.”
Stream Eric Roberson’s new album Lessons below.