CARTE BLANCHE Review

 

 

This album should have been called “Mentalgasm”...
"Sweet Ecstasy”…."Extended foreplay"...Simply beautiful!!! 

 

Allen… Allen… Allen… I wish I could give this album 10+ stars… it’s just that good…this is a very sexy album...I haven’t been able to stop playing it. I wish it was longer…..I wish certain tracks, certain notes were a little bit longer, for my own personal mental pleasure, because I never want it to end. It’s pure ECSTASY!!! 

 

If you appreciate real RnB, that’s soulful, sensual and that makes you feel… you will definitely appreciate “ CARTE BLANCHE”….Mr. Allen McNeil definitely delivers on every single track. This album is for everybody…who appreciates really, really good music. But definitely for the grown and sexy... If you know Allen McNeil, from his days as the lead singer with the RnB Legendary group TROOP…. you should know that his voice is still the same…. Yes it is still the same... Still classic and timeless.. It just takes you back, when you first heard him belt out, those melodic notes at the beginning, of the classic remake of “All I do is think of you” and "Spread my wings". Allen is definitely in a class all by himself,  (even though you can here his musical influence of Michael Jackson)… I can tell this mans voice anywhere, even when he was in the group… There’s no one who sounds like him. Time has not changed this mans god given gift…. His vocal emotional depth as he delivers his notes.. just leaves you hanging on to every lyric, you don’t wanna let go…you’re hoping he hangs on to the words just a little bit longer...

 

That just goes to show you, that whatever gifts, god blesses you with and only you.. nothing can take it away… Allen’s voice is still sensual, melodic, enticing. He still hits those emotional, soft but very masculine falsetto notes, on the slow ballads…You can tell he feels every lyric and wants you to feel it too…he wants to take you on an emotional high...theres something on here for everyone, even the younger generation..I just hope they can appreciate it…. The uptempo, mid to fast tracks are good too on, “Got Em and Anthem” thats definitely a club banger…You can definitly turn up the volume as you are cruising.... As I’m listening to this album I can’t help but be a bit upset that this album is not being played on radio stations… This album should be shared worldwide, not this so-called music they have out now…but anyway.. we’ve all heard artist that sing (if that’s what they want to call it) and they make you feel nothing. You’re left feeling like damn,… I wish I can have a refund...

 

Not Mr. McNeil…..Even the riffs are enticing…this melodic sensual music, will have you swaying your hips…wanting to slow dance. I simply can’t get enough of this mans voice…Before you listen to these slow ballads, make sure you are home… if your not home, you’re going to want to get home, lol… make sure you turn up the central air, have a bag of ice or some wine near… You will be that relax…. your body temperature will rise…don’t wear to much clothing because it will come off :)… this album will entice you to wanna make love…Allen’s smooth voice is seductively tantalizing....Don’t be ashamed of how the music and his voice makes you feel… It’s totally all good…we grown....just submit to it. Guys….you might wanna play this for your lady to get her in the mood.. She will definitely look at you with that look in her eyes…no words needed... feel the music throughout your body, in your mind.. Music is suppose to turn you on and make you feel sensuous.. Music is freedom and a no judgement zone….This is definitely an album you wanna have with you in the fall/winter time….you might save on your electric bill :), lol.

 

The romantic, sensual ballads will bring out your inner romantic, sensual side. It will open your heart, your mind and make you feel embraced by every lyric and the music will envelop you. From the moment the beat drops, that first bar and when Allen complements it with his sultry voice… you will be taken to emotional ecstasy that you didn’t even know existed…It will be a full body experience…TRUST ME!!!.. I don’t know about you, but when I listen to an artist, that can actually sing and that makes me feel…. I just want to be taken to ecstasy…and that’s all I want, to be one with the music...

 

Before I previewed the album, I looked at the title of the album…I thought to myself hmmmmm.. interesting…”CARTE BLANCHE”.. I carefully observed the song titles…I wanted to pick up a certain type of energy…. and I chose to preview first “Rejuvenate me”…I’m glad I did!….This romantic, love making ballad is very, very enticing. You can feel that he really wants to make love to this woman, and how long he’s been waiting... It will have you feeling “Some type of way” which is another good one. It will make you feel rejuvenated and you will feel like “Fallen in Love”....Allen lets out a riff @ 2:06 minutes into that song, (it reminds me of when he sang solo on “Deepa) It’s so emotional…so heartfelt….you can tell he’s really in love with this woman. As Allen is singing you will feel as if, what he’s singing about is all “About you”….This track is a nice uptempo ballad about his love being certain, even though his lover may not be sure…."Naked in a magazine" is another good one… I think it’s beautiful and seductive…about being naked both physically and emotionally…celebrating the beauty of the naked body..... 

 

“Infront of me”….this track right here…got damn... takes my breathe away…I swear my heart skipped a beat…. it’s very tantric…very intoxicating…very seductive…this track will make you wanna slow dance for your lover.. you can’t help but feel high and sexy and feel like dancing…very euphoric.. I feel it tells a story about how he wants a woman, to let down her guard, her inhibitions and just feel free naked and be intuned with her body and to just feel sexy…how he likes the way her body moves infront of him as he takes her...” I want You” is another track will make you feel so relaxed, ..very indulgent.. Allen’s voice just pulls you in. You’ll feel the lyrics and music throughout your body....its a seductive call that you can’t help but mentally submit to…This tracks makes you forget about where you are and what you are doing…he demands your full attention….it’s the perfect combination of feminine energy submitting to masculine energy. 

 

It took me a minute to write a review, ever since I downloaded this album. Simply because I wanted to find the write words to express my genuine appreciation for his music…I appreciate when an artist takes his/her time to deliver quality good music…a full album and not just singles all the time….I don’t want five minutes or less of something and then I’m left hanging…. When an artist actually cares about their fans... When they stay true to what they know…you can still embrace the times and changing of music, but still stay true to what you know and to real soulful RnB… Allen is not trying to be pop…he stays in his lane…he’s not trying to be a rapper.. he leaves that to someone else…this is not a "busy" album, that you can’t tell where he’s going…every song is meticulous and orchestrated perfectly…the lyrics, music, everything is very complementary.

 

He’s an RnB soul singer…a balladeer, a storyteller… which is what a lot of artist are not….he’s like this is me, emotional, vulnerable, raw and he puts his heart on the line…..Even the songs about heartbreak, it’s still beautifully told....I’ve been a fan of Troop since I was 8, I’m 35 now and I couldn’t get past certain tracks without, rewinding certain parts…I couldn’t let it play fully, because I loved what I heard and so will you... Allen voice is just very soothing…it warms your heart....He doesn’t have to try to hard to deliver….The same Allen McNeil you feel in love with, from Troop is still here, but even better, more mature, because its all him… some artist might fear when they venture out on their own….that their music may not be well received, because they are not part of a group, please don’t let that deter you away from this masterpiece of RnB soul music.

 

I can go on and on about this album but you have to purchase it for yourself.. trust me, you will not be disappointed…This is what music needs to get back to. I pray for the revival of soulful RnB. Because this album should be played on all radio stations. I’m grateful for the independent platforms, out in this digital age so that I, as well as others can still have access to our favorite artist. If we waited for record companies, we would be waiting forever… "CARTE BLANCHE" should not be slept on…it should be in every playlist, in every household because it is simply AMAZING! An exquisite piece of RnB music at its fineness!

 

REVIEW By Aisha Denise Rio

 

 

 

 

 

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COMMENTS on "Don't Make Sense"

Your voice is beautiful
 
Thank you Danielle!
 
This song is hot!!! Love it Al Mac is the truth
 
"Don't Make Sense" ? you can find the song on this album here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carte-blanche/id1007761769
 
+AL MAC Thanks I'm on it,,!
 
Love This joint right here. Bro I dont know What yall issue is but Troop needs to be 5  members again. IRON OUT THE KINKS and get back to business for the fans.
 
I 100% agree with u we have waited so long for u all too come back and now its all just messed up its very disapointing,but we still believe in u Allen and in Troop as a whole everyone had their favorite and u where definitely mine love u.
 
Ashley Latin Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
loving this song!
 
your welcome! +Billy Nunn  hope it goes well :)
 
Me too, just saw it on Unsung!
 
You guys are too much. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. Download the new single by AL MAC "Don't Make Sense"
 
+Karen Davidson thanks for the love and support
 
+AL MAC No,thank u.Always have loved your voice and supported.Will visit your web page.
 
Allen has a great talent. He can sing without even trying. I heard this song when I was watching the story of Troop on UNSUNG and I came here to find it and I love the song!
 
I LOVE THIS SONG!!! STILL LOVE TROOP! YOU GUYS WERE AND STILL IN MY EYES AND HEART THE BEST AL MAC!!!!
 
I'm like everyone else. I heard it on Unsung and was like "that sounds nice, I wonder if I can find it on youtube"
 
I like it.
 
Love this song! Love All Mac and all the guys from Troop! Still as talented and fine as ever!
 
Beautiful song!! I just wish you were with the group
 
                 TROOP RELOADED ~  " IT DON'T MAKE SENSE "                       SUNDAY SMOOTH & SEXY R&B                                                                 '' REAL TRUTH ''
 
yep heard it on unsung came straight here! nice song
 
ohh me too
 
+Tarsha Hammond got me too...
 
Syl Newcombe Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
yep, Troop still making music! (well at least one of their members)
 
Al Mac's voice is timeless. i have to add, if their doing remakes, i vote for 'Still in love'
 
Allen I don't care what anyone says u r one of the greatest RB singer I have ever heard and it doesn't hurt to be sexy and smooth along with it I love u so much now and forever more in troop and out u r the best its just something about u that screams to woman all over come and get it.
 
I first heard this track on Unsung as well..Actually had my back turned when it started to play but knew it had to be Allen. I love his voice and have always been a fan! Nice feel good music! Thanks Al Mac
 
I played this song while sitting along the private deck on the cruise ship looking at the waves with my boyfriend wrap up in a blanket .
 
Man dis joint is blazin
 
Lawd I'm in love with this song. IG: NikkiStClair
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COMMENTS on CDBABY Regarding HYBERNATION album

    Shanda a.k.a Soul Train

 


Hybernation is Hot!!!

Allen McNiel a.k.a Al Mac one of the Lead singers of Troop has really out did himself with this Hybernation c.d. Al put his heart and soul into making Hybernation a complete Masterpiece. The Hybernation c.d. will make you think out loud to yourself about making your realtionships work and Al gives you the tools to set the mood. Every song on Hybernation is telling a story. Al Mac is bringing sexy back in this c.d. and it will make you feel good about yourself, because it is truly a 
feel good c.d. I just can't stop playing my c.d. it never gets old. I have one for the car and one for the bedroom. Go and order your copy or copies today and you will know what I'm talking about.
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    Bridget Haynes

Great CD
This is such a great cd. I have personally fallen in love with the track titled I DON'T NEED NOBODY. His voice is perfection! This is what i call real music! This brother can SANG!!! We need to really support this young man! He is using the talent GOD gave him!! Many blessings to you Allen!!

    LILA MORALES

REAL R&B MUSIC
I HAVE REVIEWED THIS ALBUM WITH A CRITICAL EAR AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO PICK ONE SONG, BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL AMAZING . I MUST SAY THAT ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM IS " I JUST WANNA LOVE U" IT TAKES A LOT OF SKILL TO COME FROM A GROUP TO A SOLO ARTIST. THE "HYBERNATIONS ALUM HAS EXCEEDED MY HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS. THIS ALBUM SETS ANY MOOD AND TAKES YOU ON A VAST JOURNEY OF DIFFERENT EMOTIONS. NO QUESTION WAS THIS A HEART FILED ALBUM. IT TOOK ME BACK TO WHEN MUSIC WAS REAL R&B AND PEOPLE REALLY FELT WHAT THEY WERE SINGING ,AND WRITING ABOUT FOR THAT MATTER. EVERY SONG ON THIS ALBUM SHOWS OF HIS SMOOTH AND SULTRY VOCALS IT WILL LEAVE YOU IN A TRANCE. CHECK OUT THE ALBUM I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
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    Shay

A Recommended Must Have
I just got my AL MAC CD in the Mail , I was a little nervous and excited about listening to the , Because I am a Troop fan and I know the impact and contribution that Troop made to the Music Industry.
As, I am going thru listening to the tracks , I notice that there is a good mixture of styles on this CD, which shows how Allen has grown tremendously as a songwriter, producer and singer , since his Troop years. 

There are a couple of rap tracks , Some upbeat R&B Tempos and a lot of ballads for the lovers and couples ; ballads that are reminiscent of Marvin Gaye. 
Tracks like "I Just Want to Love You", a Sensuous Erotic, Unrestrained Ballad which, makes you want to be loved, another melodic ballad that will keep you close to the repeat button is "Always Gonna Be Lovin You"
There are several more slow jams on this cd , that you will need to listen to , of course I cant critique them all, Overall I love the CD, so if you want know more about it I suggest you get your copy today.
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    5 Star Lady

Brand New Start for R & B
This work of art illustrates the direction that the world of real music is going. Allen McNeil aka Al MAC shares a piece of his heart and soul with us on each track. Brand New Start is one of my favorites if I had to pick one because its very befitting of the time and direction of today's music. It's time for the little boys to sit down and let a real man with a real voice take over and show you how to please a woman. Great work Allen!!!
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    DAMION CANTRELL

EPIC
Extraordinary CD!

    stephen whitfield

this is the best one yet.. and i have all your cds' al keep up the good work''
the best thing out right now. dont sleep on this dude.. there would be no troop whitout u'' steve is cool but your like the michael jackson of the groop..rip mj p.s keep up the good work...

    Danielle L.

Mr. AL MAC aka Allen McNeil from TROOP HYBERNATION CD A Masterpiece
I am a serious fan of Mr. AL MAC aka Allen McNeil lead singer of TROOP. Mr. AL MAC's new solo CD HYBERNATION is a smash hit that has raised the bar on what R&B music should sound like. One of the original crooners who has a voice that flows like the finest of wine he delivers the smooth, flowing, seductive, tantilizing vocals that serious music fans long for. My personal favorites off the album that I have purchased three copies of to keep one for me & give a couple to other major R&B fans are "Close", "Do (My/Your) Own Damn Thing, "Brand New Start", "Got Me Sayin", & "So In Love" to name a few. MR. AL MAC take a bow because you have stayed true to the music you so masterfully release. No excuses if you are about hearing & enjoying music with a point don't talk about it; be about it & order your copy today!!!
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    Jennifer H. (MD)

simply beautiful
A beautiful voice to match a beautiful man! Can't wait to here more from him

    Sherylle "Shay"

EXOTIC, LONG LASTING, HOT, WORTH IT!!
I'm simply proud of you A. Mac. Just recieved it today, I am so in love with" I just want to love you", the sweet sound from your soul is deeply displayed on this sexy tune, I am total awe with the cd. I declare this to be a long lasting solo project. "I don't need nobody" is very influential, "Sex on the beach(interlude)".....wow, "Make you stay"- again, another catchy song, "So in love"...can a girl really have a favorite with all these awesome songs? All the songs are a winner but I would love to see I just want to love you in t he lights faster than immedietly. I personally believe your hard work on this project will gladly leave a long lasting impression.
Again, I am proud of you & I am applauding the gift God has given you to share with the world

Sherylle "Shay"
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