Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’


Ty Dolla $ign • Free TC • Atlantic • Release Date: 11.13.2015 What’s the best way to stylistically categorize Ty Dolla $ign? Ultimately, the Los Angeles bred musician is a blend of R&B singer and rapper. This balance is reflected on Ty’s full-length debut album, Free TC. Why is the effort entitled Free TC? It…

Justin Bieber Grows Up On ‘Purpose’ (Album Review)  


Justin Bieber • Purpose • Def Jam • Release Date: November 13, 2015 “I put my all into your hands / here’s my soul to keep / I let you in whit all that I can / you’re not hard to reach.” Wait a minute – hold the bleep up – is this the same…

Ellie Goulding Delivers Well-Rounded Pop on Third Album ‘Delirium’ 


Ellie Goulding • Delirium • Interscope • Release Date: November 6, 2015 Ellie Goulding’s star has elevated stateside – to some extent. After having hits with “Lights,” “Anything Could Happen,” and “Love Me Like You Do,” you’d think that the eclectic British pop singer would have totally blown up. That’s not the case, particularly considering so-so…

R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of (Short Take Review)


There’s Plenty Of Things To Enjoy About ‘What Dreams Are Made of’ R. City • What Dreams Are Made Of • Kemosabe • Release Date: October 9, 2015 Being truly subjective, normally, a musical duo/group like R. City wouldn’t necessarily “tickle my fancy.” Why? So many times, when reggae is blended with pop, hip-hop or…

Tamar Braxton, ‘Calling All Lovers’ – Review (Short Take)


Braxton Shows Off Mad Pipes Throughout ‘Calling All Lovers’  Tamar Braxton • Calling All Lovers • Epic • Release Date: October 2, 2015 Let’s keep this one short and sweet – Tamar Braxton steps up her game on her third LP Calling All Lovers. The once delayed album is quite impressive and goes to show…

Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review


Thomas Rhett Totally ‘Kills It’ on Tangled Up – #Winning Thomas Rhett • Tangled Up • Valory • Release Date: September 25, 2015 “And this is the verse where you don’t know the words / and you don’t give a damn cause it feels good.” Right on Thomas Rhett – right on! On album number…

Prince, ‘HitNRun Phase One’ – Short Take Review


Prince’s Eccentricity Lives On Via ‘HitNRun’ Despite Imperfections Prince • HitNRun Phase One • NPG • Release Date: September 14, 2015 Ah, the return of “The Purple One.” These days, Prince doesn’t seem too concerned about a fancy rollout of new material. Then again, who does seem to care about intensive promo? Because of a…

SoMo, ‘My Life II’ – Review


SoMo showcases potential, but needs to take a step forward SoMo • My Life II • Republic • Release Date: September 11, 2015 After dropping his self-titled album back in 2014, R&B singer SoMo returns with his latest project, the nine-track mixtape My Life II. SoMo’s previous album was ultimately an undercooked effort that showed…

Travi$ Scott, ‘Rodeo’ – Review


Travi$ Scott showcases potential, not a homerun on debut Rodeo  Travi$ Scott • Rodeo • Epic • Release Date: September 4, 2015 As either a professional music critic or a lover of music, you’re not always going to LOVE every album – that’s just the nature of the beast. Some albums make themselves incredibly difficult…