The Chronicles of the Underrated: Angie Stone


In every genre of music, there are three big tiers of artists. The top tiers of artists are those that are commercially/relatively commercially successful and often beloved or at least respected by critics. The bottom tiers are those who have been unable to make it and generally are loathed by critics. Then there’s that middle…

How Much Does Bad Press Affect Angie Stone? 


Angie Stone is not a name you hear much in the press anymore. Sure, Ms. Stone had a superb run during R&B neo-soul days, even if she never managed to land a top ten album. Ask any neo-soul buff, and “No More Rain In This Cloud,” “Brotha,” and “U-Haul” are all classics. The woman can…

‘Stone Love’: Underrated Album and Artist


“My sunshine has come / and I’m all cried out / and there’s no more rain in this cloud.” Ah, the soulful, sultry pipes of Angie Stone were such a lift and a factor in the now deceased neo-soul movement within R&B. Angie Stone exemplified the sub-genre that sought to keep soul alive and well…

Playlist: Songs of Thanks… Some of ‘Em


There are so many things to be thankful for in life, or at least I think so.  What better during Thanksgiving and the holiday season then to have a playlist filled with ten ‘songs of thanks’ to spin?  Exciting huh? The artists featured on this playlist are thankful for various things in life – some…

Opinion: Can R&B Be Saved?


Introduction Sometimes the truth is hard, but the truth is that music does not sell the way that it once did.  Before this is accused to be a generalization, all styles and former blockbuster artists have waned in the amount of albums sold.  Younger generations are more content with an a la carte approach in…

R&B Had A Difficult 2012


R&B had a difficult 2012. I know that those who heavily supported/continue to support  the genre are probably dismayed by that initial statement. I too am dismayed, but the statement couldn’t ring truer. The issues with R&B in 2012 lie within (1) commercial viability and (2) identity crisis.  Most issues within the genre fall within…

Genre Series: 25 R&B Songs You Shouldn’t Miss From 2012


For all of my criticisms of today’s R&B movement, the year still managed to yield some memorable performances.  I had planned to cap of this list at 15 and then 20, but then I was reminded of my ‘soft spot’ for R&B and expanded the list to twenty-five cuts I enjoyed in 2012.  These are in no particular order ultimately. 1….

Chart Moves: Mumford’s Big at no. 1, PSY still no. 2, and Muse/Miguel runner-up, third next week


Mumford & Sons, no. 1 Mumford & Sons unsurprisingly top the Billboard 200 with enormous numbers as Babel opens with 600,000 copies, outselling other superstar releases this week (Green Day, No Doubt and Lupe Fiasco) as well as outselling the year’s previous best debut, Justin Bieber‘s Believe (374,000). Green Day underperforms at no. 2 selling 139,000 of ¡Uno! (projected to sell 150,000) while No Doubt also…

Chart Moves: P!nk Gets It Done, Maroon 5 Stay Out, and Mumford’s Got Next


P!nk Earns First No. 1 Album Christina Aguilera has topped the charts.  Britney Spears has done so on each studio album save for Blackout, which bowed at no. 2. P!nk had only come as close as no. 2 with 2008’s Funhouse prior to The Truth About Love exceeding expectations to debut at no. 1 with 280,000, the pop singer’s largest bow EVAH!  P!nk always has seemed…

Album Short Take: Angie Stone, Rich Girl


Introduction Traditionally a “Brent Faulkner” review is full-fledged details analyzing the musical specifics. Ordinarily I would pick apart Ms. Angie Stone‘s album for every mishap and compelling nuance.  Well, ‘change’ is good…sometimes.  Actually, not putting down one of my favorite neo-soul divas that never got her just do (only gold certified albums two her name), but Stone has lost some of…