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Come On Over

by Natural Selection

Urban soul, contemporary soul
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Meant To Be
4:14 album only
2. 10/15/01
5:19 album only
3. Get Through
5:24 album only
4. Come On Over
4:21 album only
5. Unity
4:05 album only
6. Now You're Gone
6:52 album only
7. Fly Away
3:41 album only
8. Sweet Intruder
5:03 album only
9. Come Into My Love
4:44 album only
10. Make It Easy
4:20 album only
11. Time To Say Goodbye
4:06 album only


Album Notes
Natural Selection, the brainchild of Alesia Dessau, has been in it's current incarnation since 2002. As their name suggests, the Philadelphia-based ensemble's current style of music is the result of “evolution.” The group originally formed as a straight-ahead jazz combo, but has since transformed to an original soul sound that includes inflections of funk, R&B, jazz, rock & hip-hop. The current members of the collective are experienced in virtually all styles of western music, and the resulting creations of these talented musicians have a wide appeal.

Alesia Dessau’s sultry vocals and inventive lyrics float effortlessly above tight vocal harmonies, solid rhythmic grooves, and carefully placed melodies. One needs to look no further than Dessau's carefully assembled band to notice the diverse influences involved in Natural Selection’s music. Both drummer Justin Leigh and keyboardist Jeremey Barker are seasoned jazz musicians and bassist Michael Stauss spent years with the Healthy Doses, a prominent improvisational “jam band.” Adding lush harmonic texture and sharing a strong lead voice is Topaz Wise. Music director & saxophonist Korey Riker adds electrifying solos as well as tasteful accompaniment to the groups broad tonality.

Where Natural Selection truly excels, though, is in live performance. The onstage chemistry that exists between all of the band members is infectious, and the adventurous, improvised nature of the music moves any audience. The powerful vocals and the foundation of solid rhythmic communication that define Natural Selection’s sound are magnified by the energy of their live shows.

It’s not surprising that Natural Selection has regular gigs at many of Philadelphia’s top original music venues, and enjoys the presence of a large and loyal following consisting of fans of all styles of music.



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anyone that loves soul music should own this album, fantastic from start to finish,cant wait for the next one.enough said,one of the best cds i have purchased in ages and i purchase a lot, buy yours now you will not be dissapointed i was blown away its that good.


Philadelphia! As vintage movie buff I will always remember W.C. Fields and his quotes about Philadelphia like “Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.” or in a conversation with a hangman “Have you any last wish?” - Fields: “Yes, I’d like to see Paris before I die. (pause) Philadelphia will do.”

Musicwise Philly looks like the place to be these days with lots of good musicians. Natural Selection is another fantastic collective of musicians hailing from the city of brotherly love. And a name you should keep in mind!

Alesia Dessau formed Natural Selection in 1996 as a jazz quartet. But by 2006 they have adopted an organic lively soul sound which will certainly appeal to fans of Fertile Ground, Seek, Jazzhole or Sirius B Project.

Altogether eleven musicians participated on this album. Attentive readers of will remember Monica McIntyre from the Monica Dillion album All I Have Is A Moment. On Come On Over she appears as cellist and background vocalist. And it’s her cello that grabs your attention on the albums opener Meant To Be, a powerful midtempo soul song. Just like on Monica Dillon’s album I think the cello is a great instrument to give a soul song more depth and that goose pimples feeling. And I wish it could be heard more often in this context.

Naturally Alesia’s impressive voice and songwriting talent have a equal contribution to the greatness of this album. And actually I could praise all eleven songs here, they are all quality stuff with a capital Q. Take Get Through for example, a great soul song with an uplifting message. Now You’re Gone is another winner with its warm instrumentation and Alesia’s emotional vocal input. The beautiful ballad Come Into My Love with its heartfelt lyrics adds further proof that this is simply a must have album for any true soul music fan.

Come On Over is an album I can recommend wholeheartedly and it’s already one of my favourite albums for 2006.
I began this review with W.C. Fields, so why not close it with a quote from him: “All things considered, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”


One Of Phillys Best
This is a great cd. Love the live music and great voice of the singers. Hope to hear more from this group in the future. Keep doing your thing, i bet it can only get better.