Robert Minott explores the journey of love on his rendition of “I Want To Know What Love Is.” The Jamaican singer makes it his own by putting a reggae/R&B spin on the track. Minott has been making music since 1991 and has worked alongside artists like Shaggy and Dorian Paul. “I Want To Know What Love Is” is going to be featured on Minott’s upcoming album BIG Things, set to release sometime soon. Minott effortlessly explores the complex nature of falling in love with ease and comfort. His buttery voice suits the soulful lyrics bringing them to life. Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” reminds you that the mystery of love is what makes it so intoxicating. Minott compels you the moment the track starts with haunting vocalizations and that distinct reggae beat.

From the moment “I Want To Know What Love Is” starts you know you’re listening to something special. The opening beat sets a mellow and warm environment for Minott’s evocative vocals to wash over you. The melody imbues “I Want To Know What Love Is” with a lighthearted aura that amplifies the depth of the lyrics. Rather than opting for drama or seriousness the reggae/R&B fusion that’s happening on “I Want To Know What Love Is” is what makes it so enchanting. It truly feels like an original song of Minott’s, that’s how flawless this cover is. It seems to honor both Foreigner and Minott’s respective styles at the same time. There’s an openness that is created by the melody that allows for the emotional journey to be loud and clear. Minott performs with passion and feeling, hitting every emotional note in every verse. When he sings about heartache and pain, you really feel that he’s been through something. This makes Minott’s conclusion that love is worth the risk, so powerful.

“I Want To Know What Love Is” has some of the cleanest production I’ve heard in a long time. Every sound is clear and syncopated, even the echoing back-up vocals stay prominent. “I Want To Know What Love Is,” is crafted in a way that seems to celebrate every aspect of it. The reggae beat serves as the heart of the song, while Minott’s vocals bring the emotions to life. The back-up singers who echo Minott make the track all the more dynamic. One of my favorite aspects of Minott’s version of this track is the hints of sultriness that is peppered in throughout  the track. When Minott sings his heart out in the chorus, he’s able to maintain a sense of yearning without losing the sensual nature of love itself. “I Want To Know What Love Is” balances its liveliness, passion, feeling, and warmth with ease. You never lose any sound or miss out on any feeling, they come together deliciously to take you somewhere.

I couldn’t stop listening to Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Yes, its familiar, but it isn’t the same. I felt a sense of hope, comfort, and discovery that seemed to grow with every listen. Minott effortlessly tapped into the vulnerable journey one has to embark on when you fall in love. “I Want To Know What Love Is” expertly captures that moment you realize that you’ll have to risk getting hurt if you want to know the joys of loving someone and being loved in return. It serves as the a-ha moment we all experience at some point in our lives, that requires us to make a leap of faith. Minott embodies this on “I Want To Know What Love Is” in a way that seems like he was born to sing this song. There’s something so personal and honest about his performance that makes this track stand out.

Robert Minott will inspire you to take the risk and opt for romance with “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Between the warmth of the melody and his impassioned voice, “I Want To Know What Love Is” will leave you hopeful and willing to run towards love rather than away from it. Minott is an artist to watch, he expertly maintains his artistry while celebrating a classic song. I cannot wait to see what else he can do and what else he explore on his forthcoming album BIG Things. If you need to be reminded of the magic of love or are in need of a pep-talk, Minott’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” is the song for you, it will not disappoint!

Chadwick Easton

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