An up-and-coming vocal artist, Gregory Porter's first album, Water, will transport you to a dark, smoky jazz lounge; the type where one sits in a comfy chair with a martini and a cigar, serenaded by smooth bass lines, piano riffs, and a small muted horn section. The music is exceptional, and Porter's voice is warm and velvety. Porter's central themes are love and protest, he readily admits, although his take on love is rather bleak but still hopeful. his voice is clear and excellently pronounced. The songs benefit from blues, jazz, and gospel influences blended together into a smooth listen. A great debut album, solid and coherent. In addition to the recommended tracks, the extended cuts of "Wisdom" and "1960 What?" are superb jazz jams.