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Tag Archive 'Adult Contemporary R&B'

Macy Gray: Stripped

“For all its emphasis on the past, Stripped sounds like a step forward.” -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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Keith Sweat: Dress to Impress

“With its stream-fishing quantity of songs notwithstanding — 16 cuts, well over an hour in duration — Dress to Impress fulfills its intent.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…it all comes out fresh, pieced together and transmitted in a way that no one but Bailey Rae — a remarkable and flexible artist with some very real life experiences — can approximate.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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R. Kelly: The Buffet

“Robert Kelly remains driven as ever to take a metaphorical theme to a comedic extreme and then deviate from it in direct and explicit fashion.” -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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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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Luther Vandross: The Essential

“Most listeners will be plenty satisfied with this fine collection.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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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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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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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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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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Mary J Blige: The London Sessions

” The London Sessions just happens to have her best round of songs, productions, and performances since The Breakthrough, the 2005 album Smith references in one of several unnecessary testimonials and interview snippets placed throughout the sequence of songs. A couple moments are stilted and there’s some substandard songwriting, such as the woeful “I’ll keep […]

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“[O]ne can imagine Adele’s thrill at soul’s grande dame covering her ‘Rolling in the Deep.’ Aretha Franklin kills it, with… awesomely casual fireworks….André 3000’s arrangement of Prince’s and Sinéad’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ has Aretha scatting giddily and quoting her doctor: ‘He said, “Aretha, girl, you’ve got to have fun!”‘ She is. It’s contagious.” –Rolling […]

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Smokey Robinson: Smokey & Friends

“Produced by [Randy] Jackson, Smokey duets with his guests on fresh versions of popular compositions he wrote during the early ’60s through the early ’80s, popularized by Smokey himself — with and without the Miracles — or other artists, namely the Temptations and Marvin Gaye.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Joe: Bridges

“Joe is engaging from beginning to end without sounding as if he’s trying particularly hard….Overall, this is more finely detailed than the majority of adult contemporary R&B, and there’s a little more rhythmic bite through some deft dancefloor-aimed material….It all adds up to one of the singer, songwriter, and producer’s best albums.” –All Music Guide […]

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