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Category Archive for 'Soul'

Check Our Catalog “Since so few acts in the new millennium attempt the old-school soul that’s the specialty of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, it may be easy to assume that they’re heralded simply because of their rarity: although they certainly sound like plenty of acts from back then, they’re praised because nobody else [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is hardcore, raw, unvarnished music that aims straight for the pelvis. Throw James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett into a deep fryer and you’re close to Lewis’ knockout vocal attack. Fun, frisky, lascivious, and impossible to stay seated to, Black Joe Lewis has successfully tapped into a hip-shaking old-school [...]

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Daptone Gold

Check Our Catalog “These songs are so melodically strong, and the performances so consistently inspired, that the album reaffirms your hope that someone is still crafting music as raw, rootsy, and furiously funky as this for a contemporary market…that makes this an indispensable addition to any soul lover’s collection, regardless of age or demographic.” –All [...]

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Deep Street Soul: Deep Street Soul

Check Our Catalog “From north to south, and east to west, the soul revival rolls on. In the case of Deep Street Soul, that would be deep south, as in Australia. The band’s self-titled debut is a primarily instrumental offering that is unapologetically backward-looking, an homage that combines formidable chops with a relentless intensity from [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A smart, sharp little sugar high, with Brown working her slightly scuffed vocals over zippy, high-gloss arrangements loaded with ear-candy detail.”–Los Angeles Times

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George Benson: Songs and Stories

Check Our Catalog “[Benson] is, after all, perhaps the greatest jazz guitarist of all time, as well as a soulfully groovy R&B and pop master. In truth, it’s time for his entire audience to realize he’ll probably never focus on just one aspect of his art any more, but this recording comes as close as [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The queen of hip-hop soul splits her loyalty between three masters with the agility of a gymnast, but she manages to hold a mood with seamless transitions between each.”–Boston Globe

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Angie Stone: Unexpected

Check Our Catalog “These dozen tracks continue to reveal [Stone's] versatility as a vocalist and recording artist; she can sing whatever it is she wants to with equal verve, authenticity, and flair.”–All Music Guide

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N’Dambi: Pink Elephant

Check Our Catalog “On the powerful single “Can’t Hardly Wait,” the gritty soul singer expresses self-aggravation over her inability to cut loose a trifling lover. It’s just one of the powerful gems on the charismatic Dallas native’s Pink Elephant.”–All Music Guide

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Joss Stone: Colour Me Free!

Check Our Catalog “She continues to hit each note with the precise amount of retro pomp that one would expect, and there are again moments when the ’70s soul love affair gets a little carried away.”–Billboard.com

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Teena Marie: Congo Square

Check Our Catalog “Inspired by discovering that some of her family roots are in New Orleans, a city with which she has long felt a deep spiritual connection, Teena Marie frames Congo Square around the Crescent City. It’s her third solid album of the decade. Like her two prior albums, Congo Square is a long, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The result is Carey’s most sonically and tonally coherent release, a mix of love ballads (‘Inseparable’) and sassy breakup anthems (‘Standing O’) that might have been her best album had it been several songs shorter.”–Rolling Stone

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Laura Izibor: Let the Truth be Told

Check Our Catalog “Full of the kind of catchy tunes that usually mean a record label has spent a mint on expensive writers and producers, but the writing is all her own work. Her lyrics are more intelligent than your average 21-year-old’s, more sophisticated young woman than gobby teen.”–The Guardian

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Check Our Catalog “Johns makes his post-Idol debut with Hold Back My Heart, a surprisingly strong album that finds him doing what he does best: soul, Southern rock, and contemporary blues.

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Ledisi: Turn Me Loose

Check Our Catalog “Ledisi wails and belts with a kind of power previously untapped–in recorded form, at least–all the while maintaining remarkable finesse.”–All Music Guide

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Anjulie: Anjulie

Check Our Catalog “All together it makes for an often sumptuous debut album of lithe, modern coffeehouse soul…that smartly avoids the bohemian.”–New York Times

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Maxwell: BLACKsummers’night

Check Our Catalog “BLACKsummers’night is all devotion, regret, and heartache…The musicians morph with every shift in emotion through arrangements that are unfailingly exquisite and sensitively nuanced, even when they are briskly played.”–All Music Guide

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Corneille: The Birth of Cornelius

Check Our Catalog “The reason to fall for Corneille is his unique comfortable and conversational lyrics. Unfortunately, this self-produced album sounds a tad too bright and the great “I’ll Never Call You Home Again” is way too heavy to be anything but a closing number. Still, returning fans will find Corneille’s evolution remarkable, while all [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Coming Back to You is a set of throwback soul that has as much appeal as any other likeminded release from the past couple years…All the promise Doolittle showed on national television [American Idol] as a powerhouse vocalist is fulfilled, and whatever she lacked as an assured performer — she often seemed [...]

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Jennifer Hudson: Jennifer Hudson

Check Our Catalog The 2008 self-titled debut album of Jennifer Kate Hudson reflects her high-powered soulful style voice which is transcendent and timeless. Guests features on the album include Fantasia on “I’m His Only Woman”, Ludacris on “Pocketbook”, plus the highlights version of “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Jennifer first [...]

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