Black Music Month: Omar

You should all know by now how I much I love Omar’s music.

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I’ve previously written about his album For Pleasure, and that time I met him at a gig.

I also wrote about how much of an influence his first album, There’s Nothing Like This, has been on my life:

Where do I begin with this? I guess it all started in the summer of 1991, when his single There’s Nothing Like This was released.

I bought the cassette single (yes, cassingles used to exist) and swiftly bought the album, too.

I had never heard anything like this (sorry) before, and became an instant fan of Omar; of his voice, his music, everything.

He’s been described as neo-soul and nu-soul, and Stevie Wonder said “When I grow up I wanna be Omar”; what higher praise could there be?

Chart success has eluded him, but I have been a lifelong fan, buying every album he has ever released, and I absolutely love every one of them.

I am forever thankful that my teenage-self took the chance on buying this album, because I cannot imagine life without Omar’s music; indeed, he has become the soundtrack to my life.

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And then I featured Best By Far as one of my twenty albums in twenty days.

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Check out a selection of his music in this Spotify playlist.

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