Review: Dana Salzman, ‘Deep Down’


 On Deep Down, Dana Salzman delivers an eclectic album mixing jazz, funk, and hip-hop On her third album Deep Down, vocalist Dana Salzman presents herself as a premiere eclectic artist, delivering a mix of jazz, funk, and hip-hop.  Throughout the 16-track album, Salzman’s musicianship shines through both her nuanced pipes as well as her thoughtful…

Review: Ruben Studdard, ‘Unconditional Love’


Studdard is in excellent voice on the relatively safe Unconditional Love  Ruben Studdard • Unconditional Love • Verve • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums.  Unless you’re an…

Review: Various Artists, Now 49: That’s What I Call Music


Now 49 is an improvement over previous compilations Various Artists • Now 49: That’s What I Call Music • UMe • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 Compilation efforts have great intentions, but also can possess their respective flaws as well.  The Now Series is a superb way to give music lovers some of the…

Review: Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’


 Algebra superbly delivers the ups and downs of the recovery of the brokenhearted Algebra Blessett • Recovery • eOne • US Release Date: January 28, 2014 Stating that R&B has cooled considerably in recent times would be an gigantic understatement.  When Beyoncé shocked the world in December 2013 with her surprise fifth LP, she definitely…

Review: Against Me!, ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’


 Against Me! delivers one the year’s most honest and captivating albums  Against Me! • Transgender Dysphoria Blues • Total Treble • US Release Date: January 21, 2014 On their latest album, Against Me! tackles difficult subject that isn’t exactly your everyday family conversation piece.  Front woman Laura Jane Grace takes rock music where it has…