Review: Goapele

“Even Closer”
(Skyblaze Recordings/Columbia)

Tantalizing vocals and funky beats are an unbeatable combo.  As talented as she is beautiful, South African beauty Goepele unleashes a Super-size serving of soul in “Even Closer”, a culmination of musical awe assembled on both coasts with roots in the Bay Area.  The love and salvation themes ring clear throughout her lyrics, almost summoning inner peace to calm the soul.  “Ease Your Mind” features Pep Love who adds a flavorful taste, just as his name implies while “The Daze” is an R & B/Hip-Hop driven jam with Zion I & Casual.  The compliments could go on forever.  “Even Closer” puts Goepele just there, closer to major recognition and the true props she deserves.