10 Albums Where The Sophomore Effect Was Real


Let’s cut to the chase – sometimes the second time around can be pretty crappy. For most of the musicians on this list, their second album/second album of note didn’t go as planned in the commercial department. Some of these sophomore albums are respectable, with some even being the critical equal of the debut. The…

Gwen Stefani Tops The Billboard 200 (25 Chart Takeaways)


The Billboard 200, dated April 9, 2016, was indeed a modest one. The top album, courtesy of Gwen Stefani, only yielded so-so numbers. There’s little hope when the album at the top is only so-so. Here are 25 chart takeaways from the latest Billboard 200 nonetheless! 1) Gwen Stefani earns her first no. 1 album…

Sweet Escapism [Left Of Center]


Sweet Escapism…Dropped with a dash of Gwen Stefani and ‘Murica If you expect this to be a typical Brent Music Reviews post, it’s not. Not that you should run from it, but this is the sort of post that is written and then you ask yourself, “why did I write this? Where did this come…

Review: Snoop Dogg Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘Bush’


Snoop Dogg • Bush • Columbia • US Release Date: May 12, 2015 How does a legendary MC continue to keep it G in his early 40s? He reinvents himself or at least retools. Snoop Dogg does just that on Bush by embracing his soulful, funkier side, while easing up on his edgier, more explicit…

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how…

No Doubt, Push & Shove: Album Impression


Introduction Gwen Stefani hung up her pop shoes in 2006 with The Sweet Escape, which spawned bona fide hits in the clunky “Wind Up” and more noticeable “The Sweet Escape” with Akon. No Doubt hadn’t released a proper studio effort since 2001’s Rock Steady. Do the math and folks with the materialization of 2012’s Push & Shove , that is an 11-year hiatus.  Lots of stuff goes…