R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of © RCA

R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of (Short Take Review)


There’s Plenty Of Things To Enjoy About ‘What Dreams Are Made of’ R. City • What Dreams Are Made Of • Kemosabe • Release Date: October 9, 2015 Being truly subjective, normally, a musical duo/group like R. City wouldn’t necessarily “tickle my fancy.” Why? So many times, when reggae is blended with pop, hip-hop or R&B, the results come off as so-so. While R. City … Continue reading R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of (Short Take Review)

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Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review


Thomas Rhett Totally ‘Kills It’ on Tangled Up – #Winning Thomas Rhett • Tangled Up • Valory • Release Date: September 25, 2015 “And this is the verse where you don’t know the words / and you don’t give a damn cause it feels good.” Right on Thomas Rhett – right on! On album number two ‘country’ artist Thomas Rhett at times seems like he’s … Continue reading Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review

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Stacy Barthe, BEcoming (Review)


Stacy Barthe delivers a meaningful debut album with ‘BEcoming’  Stacy Barthe • BEcoming • Motown • Release Date: July 10, 2015 A gargantuan problem with R&B today is PROMO, rather the LACK OF PROMO. Sure, there are other issues (oversexed-ness and lack of clear identity in some instances), but the lack of rock solid promotional campaigns definitely prevents artists from being lucrative in the big … Continue reading Stacy Barthe, BEcoming (Review)

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Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’


Yelawolf • Love Story • Interscope • US Release Date: April 21, 2015 It’s no shock that Alabaman rapper Yelawolf’s first major label tanked. If it wasn’t known, Yelawolf makes listeners aware: “One, my last record flopped / two, it wasn’t my time.” Whether 2015 is Yelawolf’s time, only time and sales will tell. Regardless, if Yelawolf was aiming for a commercial album, Love Story … Continue reading Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’

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Chrisette Michele Goes Hipster for the Better on ‘The Lyricists’ Opus’ EP


Chrisette Michele • The Lyricists’ Opus • © Chrisette Michele LLC • US Release Date: November 24, 2014 Some of the most gifted musicians don’t get their just do, particularly in the R&B market. Many of the commercially (or semi-commercially) successful R&B artists of the day have to incorporate pop into their music to make it appeal to a more commercial audience given a cooler … Continue reading Chrisette Michele Goes Hipster for the Better on ‘The Lyricists’ Opus’ EP

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 on a treat that wasn’t so far-fetched to discover. There … Continue reading Review: M&O, ‘Almost Us’

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 question a burning one.  That said,  I was given the … Continue reading Review: Cosimo Erario, ‘C’É’

Review: Janelle Monáe, ‘The Electric Lady’


Janelle Monáe Scores A Home Run on The Electric Lady Janelle Monáe⎪The Electric Lady⎪ Bad Boy / Wandaland ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Merely calling Janelle Monáe one of a kind would be a total understatement, like really.  Janelle Monáe is one of a handful of R&B artists who brings something truly different, fresh, and eclectic to the table.  Incredibly nonconformist, Monáe beats … Continue reading Review: Janelle Monáe, ‘The Electric Lady’

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Impressions: Bruno Mars Goes Bold In His Second Rodeo Unorthodox Jukebox


Introduction After a two-year hiatus, Bruno Mars releases his anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox via Atlantic Records.  A slim thirty-five minutes in duration, Unorthodox Jukebox is nothing short of a ‘trip.’ Mars oscillates between numerous established musical styles (Pop, R&B, Rock, Reggae, etc.) while pushing the envelope both lyrically and stylistically. Many of the experiments bode well in Mars’s favors making other musicians think to … Continue reading Impressions: Bruno Mars Goes Bold In His Second Rodeo Unorthodox Jukebox