(Outta Control Entertainment)
Yamama'Nym was founded in the spring of 2002 and soon became one of the better live acts in the Washington/Baltimore area. 2:00 AM is their debut album and shows what a creative band Yamama'Nym is since all songs on 2:00 AM are original compositions written by the band and their guest musicians.
Yamama'Nym is a nine piece collective made up of three vocalists, a DJ and musicans and their sound is funky and soulful with a pleasant live feeling to it.
In fact, the whole album captures something of the live spirit Yamama'Nym certainly posses. There's the catchy and energetic Caramel sung by Mike Benett, Myra Mathis and B. Taylor or the equally appealing uptempo and funky Black Cuffie sung by Allison Carney.
Yamama'Nym also offer some fine soul songs in the shape of You Still Are, Mr. Invincible or Is This Real?, a question everybody has asked himself when one falls in love.
And if the answer to this question is no, then it's time to sing along to Love Don't Like Me, a nice midtempo song about the drama of getting no love in return, sung by Myra Mathis and Allison Carney.
Other favourites include Strip U with its memorable line 'make love to my soul', that shows that this song has another meaning than the rather obvious title would suggest, and the soulful Soular Tranquility (which is more Strip U Part II since it picks up the aforementioned line 'make love to my soul') that comes with a good sax solo by R. Simmons.
Other good songs like Sweet Serenity or Rain won't disappoint you either if you like your music down-to-earth and with a live kick.
2:00 AM is really a good debut album and makes you eager to see Yamama'Nym live. So check out their website for dates of upcoming live shows.
(for more information and sound snippets visit outtacontrol.com, cdbaby.com or download some songs at washingtonpost.com)