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Category Archive for 'R&B'

Fantasia: The Definition Of…

“The album starts with a cluttered, uptempo rock-R&B hybrid and never really stabilizes after that, abruptly moving into one of a few ballads suited more for a pop-oriented R&B artist, later involving a contemporary country number seemingly written by an algorithm, and a triumphant Tye Tribbett-driven gospel belter, among other approaches.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Tweet: Charlene

“Tweet has lost nothing vocally while gaining a decade’s worth of wisdom.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Bryson Tiller: Trapsoul

“Tiller has his sound and image nailed down, but not much of the content here has lasting value.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Twenty88-Twenty88

“…the full experience tells a story, meaning TWENTY88’s half-rap, half-R&B debut is best taken in total.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Suffers: The Suffers

“The Suffers have a bright future ahead of them if this first effort is any indication of their capabilities.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Anthony Hamilton: What I’m Feelin’

“Unlike his earlier work, Hamilton here rarely dips into sorrow, instead using more of his time to express desire and gratitude.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Musiq Soulchild: Life on Earth

“It’s all comfortable, soul-rooted R&B with occasional throwback references…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Take 6: Believe

“There are several soothing and romantic numbers, including ‘You Know You’re in Love,’ which includes harmonica from old friend Stevie Wonder…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog  

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Ciara: Jackie

“While Ciara’s not among the first vocalists someone would consider ideal for a Diane Warren ballad, she puts a whole lot of feeling into ‘I Got You,’ a song that reflects her outlook as a new mother.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune (EP)

“Hopefully this is merely a teaser for a full-length collaboration. Staples and Little are a fine creative match.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Kelela: Cut 4 Me (deluxe)

“Kelela fulfills her desire to make what resembles a remix album with presumably straightforward originals left to one’s imagination.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Angie Stone: Dream

“The songs on which she and Nelson make like a mid-’60s soul-pop duo help the album stand out, while the contemporary ‘Begin Again,’ featuring Dave Hollister, is one of the year’s finest duets.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

“Going by the level of potential shown here, it’s evident that Cara will eventually need a lot less creative assistance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover

“Short, sweet, and steady at nine songs that vary little in quality and sentiment — it’s resolutely smooth, all about romance, devotion, and perseverance…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

“The commercial strides are obvious. The creative advancements are less apparent, obstructed by some unappealing measures, but they’re in there.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Tamar Braxton: Calling All Lovers

“Calling All Lovers doesn’t merely offer more than what its packaging suggests. It might not feature a single as big as ‘Love and War,’ but it tops that song’s parent album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Janet Jackson: Unbreakable

“There are dashes of classic Philly soul and Minneapolis funk, and it ends with a more explicit link to the past — a whirlwind funk blast liable to prompt Jackson 5 and Sly & the Family Stone flashbacks, all the way down to Tommy McClendon’s Larry Graham-style low-end interjections. No one but Jackson can directly […]

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Prince: HITnRUN

“Underneath its aggressive opening and occasional woozy electronics, it is anchored by two or three songs (the exuberant ‘Fallinlove2nite,’ the recycled ‘This Could B Us,’ maybe the Graffiti Bridge throwback ‘Million $ Show’) that wind up revealing how the rest of the record feels like little more than nimble calisthenics.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Avant: The VIII

“The material ranges from heart-on-sleeve pleading, heard best on the opening ‘Find a Way,’ to a belligerent scolding on display in ‘You Know Better,’ a tune likely to be left off the set list of any ladies-only concert. Longtime fans nonetheless should have little trouble quickly identifying a handful of cuts that rate with the […]

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Jordin Sparks: Right Here Right Now

“The result is aimed more at urban contemporary radio than at the pop format, as stressed by the quantity of sleek rhythmic productions, the comparatively forward nature of some of the lyrics, and guest appearances from B.o.B and 2 Chainz. Sparks still sounds like she’s finding a voice of her own.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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