Music » CD Reviews

Anthony Hamilton

Southern Comfort (Merovingian)

by

1 comment
Things have never been easy for Anthony Hamilton, that platinum-selling neo-soul crooner. Bouncing from label to label, Hamilton reached 30 without any sign of real success. That was when the North Carolina native put together Southern Comfort, which was recorded between 2000 and '02, but promptly shelved. Less assured than 2003's Comin' From Where I'm From, Hamilton's first bona fide hit, this LP is written from the always refreshing perspective of a guy who hasn't got a pot to piss in.

Southern Comfort's tales of struggle are perhaps prescient of the next stage in Hamilton's career. Threatening to drop into obscurity once again, his last album of original material, 2005's Ain't Nobody Worryin', sold poorly when compared to Comin' From, and the barely publicized Southern Comfort probably won't sell much either. But if it brings Hamilton back to a place where he can make overachieving mid-tempo hum-alongs such as "Magnolia's Room" and "Don't Say What You Won't Do" -- Southern Comfort's standout tracks -- we, at least, won't be any poorer for it.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.