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….

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,…

Review: Kelis, ‘Food’


While there is little food to physical eat, Kelis’ sixth studio album makes you hungry for more Kelis • Food • Ninja Tune • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 It’s not easy to be an oddball. Maybe oddball has a negative connotation, but personally, being somewhat of an oddity myself, I take it as…

Music Shopping List: Albums for Your Consideration, April 22, 2014


 Keeping things 100, April hasn’t been the best month of new music releases.  While April has saved my budget, still I’d love to see a gargantuan week of new music releases –  “Do it for the music industry!”  This week’s releases (new release day being Tuesday, April 22) don’t have any monumental releases necessarily, but…

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014


It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song…

Review: SZA, ‘Z’


  SZA leaves a superb first impression on her full-length debut album Z SZA • Z • Top Dawg Entertainment • US Release Date: April 8, 2014 For many up and coming R&B artists, alternative R&B seems to be a sound choice for establishing artistry. With R&B going through an identity crisis (not unlike other…

Review: M&O, ‘Almost Us’


M&O isn’t a household name, but perhaps the duo should be M&O • Almost Us • US Release Date: April 3, 2014 In an age where many of us music listeners are searching for the next ‘big-thing’ – aka the next breakout artist/band – too often WE think ‘too big’ and end up missing out…

Discovering New Music: Shvona Lavette, “Holding On”


Shvona Lavette •  “Holding On” (Single) • LUNEVEDI Inc. / Ocean View • US Release Date: Nov 5, 2013 Could Shvona Lavette, an alternative R&B singer/songwriter, be the next big thing? You just never know! Perhaps only time will tell, but the talented New York musician offers great promise on single “Holding On”, which precedes…

Review: Jhene Aiko, ‘Sail Out (EP)’


Jhene Aiko’s cool, calm, and collected approach to R&B is quite alluring Jhene Aiko⎪ Sail Out (EP)⎪ Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013 It’s too bad that a certain song named “Beware” from Big Sean’s commercially bombing sophomore album Hall of Fame (ironic title right?) didn’t blow up.  Not soley for Big…