RONALD ISLEY is none other than one of the ISLEY BROTHERS members, so no imminent need to introduce this 72-year-old man. This is “only” his third album as a solo artist, though, if wikipedia’s information isn’t incorrect.
“This song is for you” is modern soul/pop with some dance and r’n’b mixed into it. Most of the songs are really mellow and melancholic, but there are nice chords and arrangements at times. Songwise it’s good stuff, and another highly impressive thing is the voice of Ronald which is still really sensitive and strong. Unfortunately it stops there when it comes to positive criticism from my side, because the production is far from expected. I mean, this is an old man who’s been around for so many decades – times when music has always been about musicians and instruments. So it’s a sad culture clash when I hear plip-plop programmed drums and keys, and only the occasional add by real instruments. Ronald Isley is not worthy of this kind of sound.
OK, it feels a little more alive in "Lay you down". Also try "Reunion", which is a very nice pop/soul tune where Isley's voice lifts it up even more. So, fans of modern soul/pop might like this a lot - but this CD could have been far better with real musicians all the way.