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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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Stacy Barthe: BEcoming

“The album’s heart…is in its two barest songs, sequenced back to back. ‘Me Versus Me,’ a Grammy-worthy piano ballad, recalls the best of Carole King, while ‘Find It (Transition),’ heaved along on nothing more than a bass drum and a few faint accents of piano and strings, completes the previous song’s thoughts — ‘It’s still […]

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Leon Bridges: Coming Home

“If he were a shouter, Bridges would likely come across as a caricature, but he works the deeply heartfelt but understated angle — most of the songs are ballads, and only a couple work up a sweat — without any sense of affectation” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

“…Gardot is stronger than ever here, her instrument is bigger and fuller yet it retains that spectral smokiness that is her trademark. Currency of Man is a further step away from the lithe, winsome pop-jazz that garnered her notice initially, and it’s a welcome one.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Jill Scott: Woman

“More than any other Jill Scott album — each one is either nearly or well over an hour in length — its impact would likely deepen with some trimming and resequencing. Nonetheless, there’s enough high-quality content to sustain Scott’s status as one of the most unique and powerful voices in R&B.” -allmusic. Check our Catalog […]

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Bettye LaVette: Worthy

“Worthy is another impressive release from an outstanding singer, and if it follows the pattern of some of her recent albums, nothing here sounds rote; this is the sound of an artist doing what she does best, and she is far more than worthy of this great music.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Tuxedo: Tuxedo

“Unsurprisingly to anyone who’s heard Hawthorne’s note-perfect take on ’60s soul, the duo proves to be masterful at re-creating the feel of the moment in the early ’80s when disco began to die out and was replaced by the funkier sounds of boogie and electric funk. The duo conjures up visceral memories of the finest […]

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Ne-Yo: Non-fiction

“Patched together and sprawling even in standard form — it’s the television edit compared to the director’s cut deluxe edition — Non-Fiction nonetheless contains more standouts than any Ne-Yo album since Because of You. There’s some frivolous content, such as the fireside acoustic number ‘Story Time’ and rote EDM squib ‘Who’s Taking You Home.’ Beyond […]

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Mark Ronson: Uptown Special

“Neatly tied together by opening and closing cuts that include Stevie Wonder on harmonica, because Ronson could swing it, Uptown Special is another nostalgic fantasy that provides light entertainment and provokes backtracking.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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K Michelle: Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart

“In 2014, K. Michelle issued a mixtape, turned her debut album into an Idris Elba-directed musical, maintained her presence on the VH1 network with K. Michelle: My Life, and was plotting a number of other moves. A slip in quality control would have been understandable, but there is no indication on Anybody Wanna Buy a […]

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