Feed on
Posts
Comments

Category Archive for 'R&B'

Ciara: Ciara

“At her best, Ciara comes on less as a full-blooded personality or even an object of desire and more as a glamorous big sister, the one you want to be when you grow up, who knows all the right moves on the dancefloor and in life. Complexity and personal drama ain’t in it: Ciara holds [...]

Read Full Post »

Fantasia: Side Effects of You

“Nearly a decade removed from her nationally televised triumph, Fantasia’s not only contributing significantly to the songwriting process, she continues to draw top-rank, well-matched collaborators such as songwriter and producer Harmony Samuels (Keyshia Cole’s ‘Enough of No Love,’ Ariana Grande’s ‘The Way’), who had a hand in each song….Seven or eight years after she was [...]

Read Full Post »

India.Arie: Songversation

“Largely a low-key, gently uplifting affair with a soft, warm glow, 11 of its 16 tracks are enhanced with assistance from several Turkish musicians — including percussionists, horn players, an oudist, and the Istanbul Strings….Everything… transmits positivity….It’s evident that Arie’s in a good place, both creatively and personally, yet SongVersation is not about self-satisfaction. She [...]

Read Full Post »

Mavis Staples: One True Vine

“Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy proved to be such a good match on You Are Not Alone — the album won a Grammy in the category of Best Americana Album — that the two opted to do it again.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

Read Full Post »

ZZ Ward: Til The Casket Drops

“[S]he developed a style that’s a winning combination of blues, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop. Her influences all come together on her debut, a collection that should make her a star if there’s any justice in the world. Ward has a wonderfully flexible voice, she can croon like a pop singer, growl like a blues [...]

Read Full Post »

Kelly Rowland: Talk A Good Game

“Kelly Rowland had moderate early success as a solo artist, but her releases seemed reactive to the climate of contemporary R&B — like she was either struggling to find her own voice, or was stifled by the industry. Just as it seemed like she might be neglected for good, the Top 20 Hot 100 hit [...]

Read Full Post »

Charles Bradley: Victim of Love

“The shimmering guitars, vibes, and slippery, funky snare, frame the horns which in turn accent Bradley’s absolute conviction that he’s come through the worst. Victim of Love showcases growth…while not straying from the gritty soul that established the singer; it is every bit as strong as its predecessor and more diverse. You just can’t get [...]

Read Full Post »

“Adrian Younge conceived ‘Turn Down the Sound,’ one of the highlights from Venice Dawn’s Something About April, as an imagined RZA-produced ’60s Delfonics cut. Shortly after the release of that cinematic, psychedelic soul masterpiece, a fan put Younge in touch with the Delfonics’ William Hart. The meeting led to this, the best Delfonics album since [...]

Read Full Post »

Brian McKnight: More Than Words

“McKnight’s first album since 2011, More Than Words is filled with references to late-’70s and early-’80s R&B and soft rock… This is McKnight’s most enjoyable album since 2006′s Ten. It would be his weirdest release even if it didn’t feature him swapping lead vocals with sons Brian Jr. and Niko on songs titled ‘Ididntreallymeantoturnuout’ and [...]

Read Full Post »

Bilal: A Love Surreal

“A Love Surreal is kicked back — lighter, slower, and steamier, more about flirting and lusting than personal and societal turmoil… ['Butterfly'] deserves to circulate as much Herbie Hancock’s similarly lissome composition of the same title. As a producer and songwriter, Bilal has stepped up. As a vocalist, he remains supernaturally skilled and creative — [...]

Read Full Post »

Alice Smith: She

“Two of her first album’s many attractive attributes were the subtle and surprising twists in song structure and seamless genre fusions. They’re in steady supply here… She has enough skill and character to leave one hanging on her every note.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

Read Full Post »

Boz Scaggs: Memphis

“On Memphis, Boz Scaggs pays tribute to the city’s magnificent soul tradition, Al Green, and producer Willie Mitchell and his Royal Recordings studio, whose location and personnel were used to cut it in three days… This set is a stunner. Scaggs is in full possession of that iconic voice; he delivers songs with an endemic [...]

Read Full Post »

“Few artists are as tough to pin down as Me’Shell Ndegéocello. Throughout her career she has continually thwarted attempts by industry forces who would attempt to define her. She’s a master bassist and a poignant, restless songwriter….Pour Une Âme Souveraine is the best kind of dedication to Simone: it invokes her inspiration rather than attempting [...]

Read Full Post »

Now That’s What I Call Music! 43

Check Our Catalog

Read Full Post »

The Heavy: The Glorious Dead

“The Heavy’s third studio album, 2012′s The Glorious Dead is a bombastic acid rock, funk, and blues-soaked album that sounds like the illegitimate offspring of the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley… The Heavy delve into various punk, dance, and blues-influenced sounds including the manic garage rock meets mariachi band anthem ‘Just My Luck’ and ‘What [...]

Read Full Post »

Aaron Neville: My True Story

“My True Story is a smooth, mostly laid-back, and soulful recording by Neville. He provides a healthy — sometimes overly — reverential respect for the original material. Coupled with his vocals, these restrained yet imaginative arrangements offer some surprising twists and turns.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

Read Full Post »

Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is

“An advantage Keyshia Cole has over a lot of her young contemporaries is experience. As a foster child growing up in Oakland, she went through a lot of downs, and from the sounds of The Way It Is, her first album, she’s had her share of complex relationships… Cole’s voice is sweet and ringing, like [...]

Read Full Post »

“Black Radio creates an entirely new context for popular music in its near erasure of boundaries. It is the sound of the future — even if no one knows it yet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

Read Full Post »

Jessie Ware: Devotion

“If this isn’t the album of the year, it’s at least the art-pop album of the year, or the neo-sophisti-pop album of the year, or — beside Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange — the alternative R&B album of the year. As far as ‘proper music’ from the U.K. is considered, it belongs in a class with [...]

Read Full Post »

The Weeknd: Trilogy

“Modern R&B is, no doubt, in the midst of an experimental renaissance — artists like Frank Ocean, Drake, the-Dream, and even Usher are expanding the genre’s sonic playbook by going darker and weirder, incorporating elements of dance-pop, trip-hop, and warped indie rock. Toronto youngster Abel Tesfaye (a/k/a the Weeknd) may not be the most visible [...]

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »