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The 10 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2010

It was fashionable to say R&B was dead in 2010 because it wasn't the commercial force it was in the late '80s and '90s. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Lyfe Jennings: I Still Believe

Lyfe Jennings's final album is as beautiful a summation of his career as could have been made.

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Trey Songz: Passion, Pain & Pleasure

It took four tries, but Trey Songz has finally made an album worthy of his talent.

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Monica: Still Standing

Still Standing is a triumphant return for Monica, who confirms her status as one of the most talented vocalists of her generation.

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Calvin Richardson: America's Most Wanted

With America's Most Wanted Calvin Richardson shows that, five albums into a very strong career, he is really hitting his stride.

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Bei Maejor: Upside Down

Upside Down is a free mixtape with just enough high-quality music to pique your interest in the budding career of Bei Maejor

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Bilal: Airtight's Revenge

Bilal's long overdue follow-up is a refreshingly clear-eyed portrait of an artist in full control of his abilities.

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'80s R&B Singer Michel'le Returns

Late '80s/early '90s R&B songstress returns with the trailer for her new video, "Freedom to Love".

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Willie Taylor: Sextape

Willie Taylor is the least consequential member of Day26 and Sextape only makes this fact more apparent.

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Usher: Raymond vs. Raymond

With Raymond vs. Raymond, Usher makes his first purely commercial album and, in the process, makes the worst album of his career.

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Noivak Music

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Teedra Moses: Royal Patience Compilation...A Love Journey

Teedra Moses releases one of the strongest R&B offerings of the year -- for free.

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Keke Wyat: Who Knew?

Who Knew? reintroduces the public to a terrific R&B singer, though it's not quite the smash it should be.

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Jaheim: Another Round

Another Round features some of the best songs that Jaheim has ever sung -- and he nails them all.

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Shanachie Entertainment

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Robin Thicke: Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy isn't sexy, but it's mildly enjoyable and isn't as embarrassing as it could have been.

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Star Trak Entertainment

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Alicia Keys: The Element of Freedom

Alicia Keys tries on new styles, finds them ill-fitting, and makes the worst album of her career.

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Angie Stone: Unexpected

With Unexpected, Angie Stone continues to be one of the greatest contemporary soul artists of our time.

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Eric Roberson: Music Fan First

Independent soul star Eric Roberson drops another gem that's slightly overlong, but a gem nonetheless.

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J. Holiday: Round 2

A a pleasant, but ultimately unremarkable, black pop album.

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Devil's Halo

With Devil's Halo, Meshell Ndegeocello reinvents herself yet again and creates her best album since the one-two punch of her masterworks, Bitter and Cookie.

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Mercer Street

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Chrisette Michele: Epiphany

Epiphany is a classic example of cynical record label tampering. And yet, Chrisette Michele makes it work beyond any and all expectations.


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