Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  


  The Grammy nominations don’t occur until December, but folks are already beginning putting their two cents into who will be nominated when the time arrives. Billboard has already dropped a list of potential nominees, and we did so at the end of August (big categories) and early September (specific categories). So here we go…

Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

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…

D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B


D’Angelo and the Vanguard • Black Messiah • RCA • US Release Date: December 15, 2014 Arguably, an artist ‘out of the game’ for 14 long years has made the album to beat, right at the tail end of 2014. A comeback from one of neo-soul’s visionaries has long been rumored but to continual disappointments….