Remember when you were in school and you had a crush on someone? You found yourself exhilarated whenever you were in the presence of that person. Well, crushes don’t have to be of the romantic variety. Musical crushes are a real thing, and with her new album The Gumption, Toronto-based R&B artist Tanika Charles just might be your next one.

It doesn’t take long to realize that Charles’ golden voice belongs to another time. She brings to mind soul singers of the 60s, and the same could be said for the sound of this album. Album track “Going Home” is a prime example of that throwback sound, with its vintage girl group-style backing vocals.

If you make it through the first three songs and still don’t realize that Charles is the truth, “Remember to Remember” will seal the deal. As she sings “Remember to remember, don’t forget you’re here with me,” she owns this song as greats like Aretha Franklin owned hers. The album brims with groovy rhythms and infectious melodies, but that’s not all it has to offer—the quality musicianship and resonant tones of “First and Last” and “Look at Us Now” could make any guitar nerd geek out.

The Gumption is tough to resist. Its soulful refrains are the gift and her silky vocals put the bow on top. If you didn’t believe in musical crushes before now, you might find yourself in the midst of one after hearing this album.

{The Gumption is out now via Record Kicks and is available HERE.]

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[This review was handcrafted with care by Eo8’s own Gary Schwind.]

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