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International Review : Leon and the Peoples “Love Is A Beautiful Thing’ by MieKayla Singleton

You know him from The Five Heartbeats; you know him from Waiting to Exhale; and let’s not forget Get Rich or Die Tryin’, a film based on the life of rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. He’s a well-known established actor and he’s undoubtedly drop-dead gorgeous. He is Leon, the artist one could only dream of meeting…or working with, for that matter. But, what very few people are aware of is that he…wait for it…is a singer…with a reggae band! I know, right? What a shocker!

One thing to say about Leon & The People’s hit album, Love Is A Beautiful Thing, released by the Spectra Music Group, is that it’s practically a love story…a raw love story…maybe even a controversial love story. But, whatever kind of love story you want to call it (yes, you’ll call it a love story once you give this album a listen), just know…it’s a love story from the beginning to the end…though there’s a twist and a last-minute turn. Now, perhaps I might have already gotten ahead of myself a little. So, let’s rewind, pause, and play. Beautiful…let’s start with that song, which is actually the first song on the album. The special thing about Beautiful is that Leon & The Peoples remind the listeners to tell their loved ones that they’re beautiful, especially the females.

 

I commend them for reminding their listeners to do such a thing. The thing is that there are 24 hours in a day. Now, any human might say, “24 hours in a day is a lot of hours.” Yeah, that might be true. However, when you’re busy, those 24 hours may be gone in a heartbeat. Take it from someone who’s pulled a lot of all-nighters, even in high school. I literally can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at the clock right at midnight and said (or thought), “I swear, 24 hours in a day is NOT enough.” The point is that sometimes in our busy schedules, we might forget to tell our loved ones that they’re beautiful or even that we love them. Spreading this kind of positivity to your loved ones should never be something that you forget to do. Trust me, I’m reminding myself to do that every day, especially considering how close I am to my family.

Moving on, the majority of Love Is A Beautiful is, again, a unique love story.  That’s not to be taken lightly. Seriously, the album tells the story of a man seeing…and, perhaps, lusting (I’m just being honest) after a woman. He pursues her and finds out that she’s the kind of woman who likes to play hard to get, compliments of No Good For Me. Side note: I recently discovered that men like the kind of women they can’t exactly have.



Why that is? I have no clue. I guess that’s just how the world goes around. Back to the point: he finally lands the woman (I’d Look Good On You) and all is well and good. However, when you come across On and On and It’s Me Again, it’s revealed that the “relationship” or “marriage” has encountered some turbulence, leading to a devasting unhappy ending. In other words, the woman leaves, allowing the man to feel heartbroken. Then, when you reach Love is A Beautiful Thing, a valid point is made that love is what it is and that it’s needed and necessary.

Yes, it can end in heartbreak. Yes, it can last forever. But, all in all, it is what it is. I especially loved what he stated about love being the reason that a child is brought into the world, hence the lyric: “Love is the reason why I have a child.”. Honestly, I couldn’t have said it any better. By the very last track (R U Ready Tonight), it appears that the man is ready to get buck wild. Now, I’ll admit that that’s not the best behavior from a man or a woman. However, it’s definitely understandable in reference to listening to the album.



Think about it; the man tried having a “relationship” or “marriage”. However, that didn’t exactly work out to well. So, at this point, he’s thinking, “Okay, break time!” Now, that’s raw, that’s straightforward, and that’s blunt. However, it’s honest and truthful. As a music reviewer, there’s nothing I like more than an artist who keeps it 100.

While Leon & The People might not be the kind of artist you’d usually treat your ears to, I’d say to give it a listen. Who knows? You might be pleasantly surprised, especially due to the album’s bluntness. I certainly know I was.

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