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Dennis Ferrer : The World As I See It
Dennis Ferrer is no doubt familiar to house devotees for his many floor-filling singles over the last few years, such as "Wonderful People" and "Sunshine." Many don't know that he has been involved in various aspects of music for fifteen years. 

Ferrer has taken the experiences gained over that time to arrive at his debut album, The World As I See It. Judging by the results, we can assume Ferrer decided that the world needed an infusion of soulful music, which is just what he delivers. The album is packed with his trademark NJ/NY sound, particularly on "Underground Is My Home" and "Run Free," which evoke memories of classic Strictly Rhythm. Ferrer acknowledges his mentor Kerri Chandler on the musical tribute "Son Of Raw," and "Church Lady" is a raise-the-roof burner. 

While the album's strength is his pulsating beats and arrangements, Ferrer is ably assisted by several vocalists throughout. Karlon Brooks's performance on "How Can I Let Go" is comparable to anything by Erro, while Mia Tuttavilla takes "Touched The Sky" to another level with her singing. 

But the absolute killer is "Change The World," a horn-blessed soul revival featuring Brooks that could have been cut by the Trammps. The World As I See It is a tour de force for house long-players that has more than justified its long gestation period. 

 

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