Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L © Bryson Tiller / RCA

Bryson Tiller, ‘T R A P S O U L’ – Review (Short Take)


Kentucky Bred Bryson Tiller Shows Both Potential and Room For Improvement  Bryson Tiller • T R A P S O U L • Bryson Tiller / RCA • Release Date: 9.25.2015  When a fellow Kentuckian is in the spotlight (for something positive), there’s an obligation to support and rally behind that person. Bryson Tiller is from Louisville, and it’s been a while since Kentucky has … Continue reading Bryson Tiller, ‘T R A P S O U L’ – Review (Short Take)

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Watch YouTube Cover The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’  


The Weeknd has been covered A LOT lately on brentmusicreviews.com. Why so much you ask? Well, he has three top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and has the top three R&B songs in the country. It’s no secret R&B has limped along in 2015, but maybe The Weeknd’s success can be a step in the right direction. Regardless if The Weeknd is an … Continue reading Watch YouTube Cover The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’  

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Bilal, In Another Life [Track By Track Review]


Bilal Delivers Killer Throwback Soul Album On ‘In Another Life’ Bilal • In Another Life • eOne • US Release Date: June 30, 2015  When Bilal drops an album, you know it is FIRE. What, excuse me? Why so confident there music reviewer fellow? The confidence is because it’s true. Not everybody may be on board with Bilal’s alternative R&B/retro soul agenda, but if that’s … Continue reading Bilal, In Another Life [Track By Track Review]

Miguel in Coffee music video (RCA, YouTube)

Examining Miguel’s ‘Wildheart’ – Through The Lyrics


One of contemporary R&B’s most intriguing musicians is Miguel Pimental, best known by just his first name, Miguel. After captivating critics and fans alike on his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel returns with his highly anticipated third album, Wildheart. You can find a ‘traditional’ review of Wildheart by yours truly here. So that said, this is no traditional review but rather an examination of some … Continue reading Examining Miguel’s ‘Wildheart’ – Through The Lyrics

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Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of 2014…maybe. 1) D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah  There was … Continue reading Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014

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Lyric Analysis: Examining Favorite Lyrical Moments From D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’


It’s no secret that I’m high…off of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah that is! No only did I speak upon its triumphant nature here at brentmusicreviews.com (D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B), I also penned a review on Starpulse.com (Review: D’Angelo Unveils Another R&B Masterpiece With ‘Black Messiah’), praising the effort. And if that wasn’t enough, the surprise release and magnificent quality of release that was Black … Continue reading Lyric Analysis: Examining Favorite Lyrical Moments From D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

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Aretha Franklin Is Enthusiastic and Energetic, If Flawed on ‘Sings the Great Diva Classics’


Aretha Franklin • Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics • RCA • US Release Date: October 21, 2014 Who da queen – Aretha Franklin’s the queen! No matter what criticisms she’s given or who else comes into the music industry, Aretha Franklin’s voice and musical contributions will always justify her status as the Queen of Soul. That said, even a queen has albums that … Continue reading Aretha Franklin Is Enthusiastic and Energetic, If Flawed on ‘Sings the Great Diva Classics’

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Review – Drake Protégé PARTYNEXTDOOR Keeps it Real on ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO’


PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO July 29. A photo posted by PND (@partyomo) on Jul 14, 2014 at 3:05pm PDT PARTYNEXTDOOR • PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO • OVO/Warner Bros • US Release Date: July 29, 2014 “Tryna get you wet like a Baptist.” Phew, don’t think ministers of any denomination would be too thrilled with that reference! Alas, that is how Drake protégé PARTYNEXTDOOR rolls on his OVO/Warner Bros LP, … Continue reading Review – Drake Protégé PARTYNEXTDOOR Keeps it Real on ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO’

Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Comet Come to Me © 10 Spot

Review: Meshell Ndegeocello, ‘Comet, Come to Me’


An underrated gem, Meshell Ndegeocello shines on Comet, Come to Me Meshell Ndegeocello • Comet, Come to Me • Naïve • US Release Date: June 3, 2014 Sometimes it is the most underrated artist who truly captivates the listener. So many talented musicians can lay claim to the characterization of being ‘underrated’, despite possessing magnificent skills. Bassist/singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello is a veteran at her eclectic craft, … Continue reading Review: Meshell Ndegeocello, ‘Comet, Come to Me’

50 Cent, Animal Ambition - An Untamed Desire To Win © G Unit

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing June 3, 2014


Perhaps the music industry was spoiled by May releases – perhaps that’s it.  The first week of June is loaded with releases, BUT only two seem like sure bets – Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and 50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album, Animal Ambition.  The question seems to be, how much will either of these albums move?  Regardless, here’s a list of album to consider purchasing on new … Continue reading Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing June 3, 2014