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Wednesday, December 3 2014

Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Sam Hunt: Montevallo

Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.


Monday, November 10 2014

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.


Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


Friday, October 31 2014

Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.


I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.


Thursday, October 23 2014

Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.


John Newman: Tribute (Reviews) [28.Oct.13]
Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Reviews) [12.Sep.13]
The Weeknd: Kiss Land (Reviews) [11.Sep.13]
Myron & E: Broadway (Reviews) [21.Aug.13]
AlunaGeorge: Body Music (Reviews) [6.Aug.13]
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Reviews) [28.Jul.13]
Redtenbacher’s Funkestra: The Cooker (Capsule Reviews) [2.Jul.13]
Kelly Rowland: Talk a Good Game (Reviews) [27.Jun.13]
Charles Bradley: Victim of Love (Reviews) [3.Apr.13]
The R&B Renaissance (Features) [13.Nov.11]
My Favorite Aaliyah Things (Columns) [14.Aug.11]
The Weeknd: House of Balloons (Reviews) [9.May.11]
Jessie J: Who You Are (Reviews) [19.Apr.11]
Mary Mary: Something Big (Reviews) [29.Mar.11]
Donell Jones: Lyrics (Reviews) [6.Mar.11]
Calvin Richardson: America’s Most Wanted (Capsule Reviews) [1.Nov.10]
Bei Maejor: Upside Down (Capsule Reviews) [14.Oct.10]
The 411 on R&B (Columns) [12.Jan.10]
Needles in the Haystack (Features) [29.Jan.09]
What It Was Like (Features) [29.Jan.09]
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