Robert Minott breathes new life into “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Minott was born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica before coming to the US in 1974. Minott blends the best of reggae with R&B-esque vocals to create a rendition of “I Want To Know What Love Is” that is nothing short of captivating. Minott has been making music since 1991 and performed alongside the likes of Jefferey Osbourne, Howard Hewitt, and Maxi Priest. “I Want To Know What Love Is” is off of Minott’s upcoming album BIG Things set to release in the near future. Minott fuses the classic sound of reggae with a heartfelt vocal performance, elevating “I Want To Know What Love Is” into its own category. Minott successfully makes “I Want To Know What Love Is” his own through his impassioned performance and groovy melody.
“I Want To Know What Love Is” has always been an evocative song but Minott’s version takes it to a whole other level. Passion is at the forefront of Minott’s performance as he sings about the complexities of love and vulnerability. You can’t miss the realization in his voice as he leads up to belting “I want to know what love is.” But it was the yearning in Minott’s voice that I didn’t expect to hear. Minott doesn’t rush through “I Want To Know What Love Is” he takes his time, sitting into the emotions, allowing the notes to stretch out. Within doing so, you feel this sense of longing for the truth. You can hear the curiousness that has grown in him and the realization that he’d rather risk getting hurt, then continue to yearn for love. This makes the impact of the chorus and the overall message of the song hit even harder.
Minott is echoed by back-up singers who round out “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Their presence makes the track all the more dynamic and highlight Minott’s emotional journey. Minott’s voice is never overshadowed by the melody on “I Want To Know What Love Is.” It actually feels like Minott is the one guiding the melody as he comes to his conclusion.
What I admired so much about Minott’s rendition was how much warmer the songs countenance is. It isn’t dramatic or serious, Minott’s emotions still hit hard and resonate but the feeling you get is one of hope and appreciation. The reggae beat balances the yearning Minott performs with by being in line with the meaning of the song, that love is worth the risk. It is a bright and bouncy beat that showcases the depth of feeling in “I Want To Know What Love Is” and Minott’s ability to capture its nuance.
Minott is able to bring his own spin to “I Want To Know What Love Is” making it feel brand new. Minott highlights his musical skill and artistry through his passionate and often personal performance. The more I listened to “I Want To Know What Love Is” the more I felt like it could’ve belonged to Minott all along, that’s how comfortable and well-suited his voice is for it. Although the lyrics are familiar, Minott’s warm and sensuous take on the classic is simply invigorating. The reggae beat is laid back and inviting, making every lyric shine. Minott’s voice, the melody, and the songs message come together to create the version of “I Want To Know What Love Is” you didn’t know you needed. That’s not to say that Minott’s rendition sounds like the reggae version of the classic, it is so much more. Minott captures the spirit of “I Want To Know What Love Is” without forgoing his artistry.
Robert Minott reimagines “I Want To Know What Love Is” with warmth and ease. This exciting track appears on Minott’s upcoming album, BIG Things, something I cannot wait to listen to. Minott’s cover of “I Want To Know What Love Is” is utterly flawless and has me wondering about what else he has up his sleeve. Minott take you on an emotional journey of discovery and truth with “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Its a track you can’t afford to miss. Check it out now!