One thing you can't deny about Ghostface: as an artist, he's never lacked for soulfulness in his music. "Love Don't Live Here No More" keeps that trend going over an altered soul music sample coupled with the velvety smooth vocals of Kandace Springs. Keeping it simple and straight to the point in the lyrics and story, Ghost spins a web about a lovelorn ex-con just released from lock up after 9 years, eager to see his one and only woman. Problem is, he soon discovers she's moved on even though he hasn't. The combination of Ghost's classic raspy, high-pitched delivery, Springs' unforgiving wailing on the chorus and a throbbing, bass-filled sample reminiscent of songs from 70's flicks like "Let's Do It Again" and "Claudine" make for prime lesson in grown folks hip hop heartbreak.
"Love Don't Live Here No More" is taken from Ghost's upcoming album 36 Seasons, due out December 9 via Warner Bros.
- Ron Grant