This week Bilal Oliver unveiled his much-anticipated album, A Love Surreal. While the effort marks his third official studio release, most fans know it’s actually his fourth album. Love For Sale, which should have been his second commercial release, never saw the light of day after gun-shy executives shelved the project indefinitely. (His then-label Interscope decided the project was unmarketable after the project leaked.)
Although the project ended up in major label purgatory, promotional CDs and white label vinyl pressings ended up in circulation worldwide. Many of the songs from the project have become staples in Bilal’s live set, and “All For Love” remains one of Mr. Oliver’s greatest works. Equal parts folk, soul, and blues, the underground favorite may have actually had a decent shot at crossover success. This heartfelt reflection on love lost is haunting in the most beautiful way possible, and certainly worth a second spin.
Words by @BrotherHayling