Review: Britney Spears, ‘Britney Jean’


More mature Britney Jean is a mixed blessing of sorts…  Britney Spears⎪ Britney Jean⎪ RCA⎪⎪ US Release Date: December 03, 2013 Let’s just cut right to the chase people! Britney Jean is different from previous Britney Spears albums, period.  While Britney Jean still possesses some of the suggestiveness that typically characterizes Britney Spears (“Work B**ch”…

Thoughts: Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want”


Gaga strikes gold on ARTPOP’s second single “Do What U Want”  Lady Gaga (featuring R. Kelly)⎪ “Do What U Want” ⎪Streamline / Interscope ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 21, 2013 I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t applauding too much over Lady Gaga’s first single “Applause” from her upcoming studio album ARTPOP due…

Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’


Khaled’s Not ‘Suffering from Success’, perhaps suffers from a lack of innovation…  DJ Khaled⎪ Suffering From Success⎪ Cash Money ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 If there is one reservation I (and likely others) have with DJ Khaled’s albums, it is that generally they all seem ‘one-dimensional’.  Maybe that is a harsh critique, or…

Review: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’


Pusha T captures a darker portrait of life exceptionally on his ‘official’ solo debut Pusha T⎪ My Name Is My Name ⎪Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 To call ‘street life’ captivating would probably be an incredibly irresponsible statement to make.  What isn’t an irresponsible description is that Pusha T delivers and…

Review: Katy Perry, ‘Prism’


A maturer Katy Perry isn’t a total deal breaker… Katy Perry⎪ Prism ⎪ Capitol ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / dancing through the fire / ‘cause I am a champion, and your’e going to hear me roar…” I suppose there comes a time for…

Review: Cosimo Erario, ‘C’É’


C’É shows listeners the reward of broadening musical horizons Cosimo Erario⎪ C’É ⎪EGP ⎪⎪ US Release Date: February 25, 2013 Listening to pop/rock music in the U.S., do you ever wonder how the same style of music might differ in another country? I certainly do, though until a recent experience, I wouldn’t have called the…

Review: Fall Out Boy, ‘Pax-Am Days’


Pax-Am Days leaves more to be desired… Fall Out Boy⎪Pax-Am Days ⎪ Island ⎪⎪ October 15, 2013 Um, what does one say about an eight-song EP that lasts just over 13 minutes? Well not very much to be honest.  To add to the lack of words from my pen (or computer keyboard in this case),…

Review: Us3, ‘The Third Way’


20 years later, Us3 still got it  Us3⎪The Third Way (Hand on the Torch, Vol. II)⎪Us3.com ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 14, 2013 Of latest album The Third Way, Us3 co-founder and bandleader Geoff Wilkinson calls it “the follow up album I never made at the time [of Hand on the Torch].  Throughout The Third…

Review: Danny Brown, ‘Old’


Danny Brown delivers one of the year’s most intriguing rap albums  Danny Brown⎪ Old ⎪ Fool’s Gold ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 How does one describe Old, the new album release courtesy from one of rap’s brightest up-and- comers, Danny Brown?  My ideal adjective for Old would be intriguing.  Just how ‘intriguing’? Brown…

Short Take: Glenn Lewis, ‘Moment of Truth’


An 11-year gap between albums only strengthens Lewis  Glenn Lewis • Moment of Truth • Ruffhouse • US Release Date: October 15, 2013 In sports, a humongous point deficit often seems impossible to overcome.  Just when impossibility seems the forgone conclusion for the trailing, they somehow get their ‘second wind’ and comeback to be victorious.  For Glenn Lewis, 11…