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Steve Winwood: Back in the High Life

“Turning to involved percussion tracks and horns, Winwood turns another musical corner on this sophisticated album…” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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