You should all know by now how I much I love Omar’s music.
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.
And then I featured Best By Far as one of my twenty albums in twenty days.
Check out a selection of his music in this Spotify playlist.