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Tag Archive 'Contemporary R&B'

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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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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K Michelle: More Issues Than Vogue

“…More Issues Than Vogue wisely sticks to roughly the same makeup of Pate’s first two albums.” -Allmusic Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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“He occasionally breaks out of the murk to make some noise, like on the strutting ‘6 God,’ but mostly he keeps his head down and the mood subdued. It makes for an album that’s hard to love right away, but if you stick with it, is a rewarding listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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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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Luther Vandross: The Essential

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

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DJ Khaled: I Changed a Lot

“… DJ not only does his usual talking over tracks, but features his Finga Licking fried chicken restaurant right on the album cover.” -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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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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Various: 2015 Grammy Nominees

“Issued by RCA three weeks prior to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, 2015 Grammy Nominees, like yearly releases before it, emphasizes the ‘big four’ categories. Since four of the nominees for Record of the Year (namely ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Stay with Me,’ ‘Shake It Off,’ and ‘All About That Bass’ — were also up for Song […]

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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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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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Tinashe: Aquarius

” Compared to Christina Aguilera, another mentioned inspiration, Tinashe’s voice is almost always quiet and soft, yet her ability is considerable, and she packs a wide variety of approaches. Another indicator of potential here is that she is listed first as the co-writer of all but one of the songs.” -allmusic Check our Catalog

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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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Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour

“Disclosure’s loping dance-pop single ‘Latch,’ a number 11 U.K. hit in 2012, introduced Sam Smith, a London-born vocalist with a deeply emotive voice….This is an understated and promising first step from an unpredictable and distinctive talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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