New series alert!
Be forewarned: this will have no rhyme or reason to it. It’ll just spotlight not well known tracks that I’m really fond of and just have stuck in my head on any given day.
I don’t know much about Eric Gable. His Wikipedia page says he was born in New Orleans. I vaguely remember his first single, “Remember (The First Time)”, which was a #1 R&B hit in 1989. Or at least I remember its existence; I couldn’t hum you a line of it if you put a gun to my head. It might be the only #1 R&B song of that entire decade that I don’t have immediate recall of.
I do remember that he started out as a Luther/Freddie-type slow jam cat, and “Process” marked a deliberate attempt to move him into a younger, more contemporary light. “Process of Elimination” was the title track from Eric’s third album, and was released at the tail end of 1993. It’s got a mellow, post-new jack sound that was fairly typical of this period. Actually, as I was preparing to write this, I thought about this song, Portrait’s “Here We Go Again!” and Shanice’s “It’s For You,” and realized that, musically at least, they’re pretty much the same song. Talk about formula.
Anyway, it’s catchy, Eric’s husky vocal is perfect for this mellow groove, and the mid-song rap is only vaguely embarrassing. Enjoy.
What’s Eric up to these days, anyway?
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