Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it…

Thoughts: Mariah Carey’s “The Art of Letting Go”


Mariah gets her ‘swag’ back on latest single “The Art of Letting Go” Mariah Carey ⎪ “The Art of Letting Go” (Single)⎪ Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013 “Letting go, letting go ain’t easy / oh, it’s just exceedingly hurtful / ‘cause somebody you used to know…watch, as you’re falling down…” Those are…

Review: Michael Bublé, ‘To Be Loved’


Michael Bublé ⎜To Be Loved ⎜Reprise ⎜US Release Date: April 23, 2013 album produced by Bob Rock; featured artists include Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, Naturally 7 and The Puppini Sisters Introduction Maybe its subjective, but does Canadian pop/vocal star Michael Bublé ever miss? (Yes, that’s really rhetorical).  After several platinum albums, 2013’s To Be Loved sounds like it could be on its way to give the…

Matchbox Twenty’s NORTH: Extended Album Analysis


Intro Matchbox Twenty (Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook, and Bryan Yale) reunite to deliver their anticipated fourth studio album, North ten years following their last proper studio effort, More Than You Think You Know. Sure the band released 2007’s Exile on Mainstream, but this was not a proper studio effort, but instead a compilation. It is an incredibly…