Robert Minott will make you want to explore the mysteries of love with his cover of “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Set to a reggae beat that allows Minott’s dreamy vocals to shine, “I Want To Know What Love Is” is the R&B rendition you’ve been waiting for. Minott has been making music since 1991 and has worked alongside some reggae legends like Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, and Burning Spear. Minott grew up in St. Andrew, Jamaica and came to the US in 1974. Over the years Minott’s songs have topped both Indie and Euro charts along with various US charts. “I Want To Know What Love Is” is off of Minott’s forthcoming album BIG Things. Minott brilliantly blends warm beats with a soulful performance that makes “I Want To Know What Love Is” as captivating as ever, while highlighting Minott’s artistry. Trust me, you won’t want to turn this off!

Minott is known for pursuing excellence in his music, a trait that is apparent on “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This song is expertly crafted and produced, from the melody to Minott’s vocals to the iconic lyrics, everything compliments and elevates each other. Nothing is lost in the beat Minott’s powerful voice is crisp and prominent. He performs with so much feeling you feel like you’re listening to Minott have a realization in real time. The lighthearted nature of the melody seems to amplify the depth of emotion in “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Set against such a warm and hopeful back drop Minott is free to explore his feelings. Minott’s performance makes “I Want To Know What Love Is” feel like a personal track of his own.

I appreciate that Minott keeps things simple with his cover, he doesn’t add to much fanfare or attempt to make it so different that you lose the message of the song. Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” is masterfully produced and performed. It celebrates Minott’s artistry and the magic of the original as it takes on new form. It had been a long time since I heard the original but Minott’s rendition had me feeling like I was hearing it for the first time. Its sound is just different enough to be completely revitalized. I felt inspired, hopeful, and a sense of yearning after I listened to it. As Minott croons, “This mountain, I must climb/Feels like a world upon my shoulders/Through the clouds, I see love shine/Keeps me warm as life grows colder” gave me chills. There is an honesty in Minott’s performance that sets “I Want To Know What Love Is” apart from other covers.

One of the most unique aspects of Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” is the reggae beat that serves as the tracks heartbeat. It imbues this track with life, while moving it into a different genre effortlessly. The feeling that the beat gives “I Want To Know What Love Is” is one of hope and that you’ll be okay no matter what. Its the alluring aspect of the song that struck me more than anything else. There’s something attractive and safe about the whole thing, even Minott’s voice seems to invite you to feel what he is feeling. This is a rare quality in most songs let alone a cover of such a popular one. To me, this is what makes Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” so enchanting.

Robert Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” will have you yearning along with him for the magic of love. Minott embodies the beautiful journey we all go on as we open our heart to the prospect of falling in love. “I Want To Know What Love Is” maintains the original impact of the song while putting a more modern sound to it. Minott crafts an effortless song full of heart, feeling, and spirit. “I Want To Know What Love Is,” reminds us all that love is worth any difficulties it may cause. Make sure to listen to “I Want To Know What Love Is” and don’t miss Minott’s forthcoming album BIG Things.

Heather Savage

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