R&B juggernauts, they have to collide sometime, and when they do, there is hell to pay—in panties! Yep, it comes with the territory when you’re Usher and Robin Thicke. Together though, the world is their oyster. Who better to lay new claim to “The Secret Garden,” you know the “Swagger Like Us” of R&B tunes. The only problem is that there’s only two (count ‘em) billed on the record? WTF?
All the hype surrounding remaking Q’s classic and we don’t even have enough people to play a decent game of hoops. This has got to be a huge let down for purists looking for authenticity, not ostentatiousness. If anyone was gonna bring home a “W” with this cover was Jermaine Dupri who had Anthony Hamilton, and Trey Songz on his wish list. Man, that was big talk. Al B. Sure is still kicking around on Hidden Beach Recordings, why not have him anchor with Barry White? The biggest improvement is some soothing Miami bass bounce, and Usher chanting “let me see it.” Pimp C would be proud. Still we’re a little disappointed. The only way to salvage this in time for Q’s Soul Bossa Nostra album is to perform it live at an awards show, and maybe, just maybe get enough players to get the job done. See where the inspiration came from after the jump.
QUINCY JONES F. AL B. SURE, EL DEBARGE, JAMES INGRAM, AND BARRY WHITE “THE SECRET GARDEN” (SWEET SEDUCTION SUITE)
AL B. SURE, EL DEBARGE, JAMES INGRAM, AND BARRY WHITE PERFORM “THE SECRET GARDEN” (SWEET SEDUCTION SUITE) LIVE!