58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Urban Categories  


  Ah, more speculation about Grammy nominations! This go-round, how about a look at those urban categories? The frontrunners? Could it be D’Angelo, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar? Best R&B Performance The Weeknd, “The Hills” (Beauty Behind The Madness) D’Angelo, “Sugah Daddy” (Black Messiah) Tyrese, “Shame” (Black Rose) Miguel, “Coffee” (Wildheart) Tamar Braxton, “If I…

If the Grammys Were Held In September… [Part 2]


Pop, Rock, Urban & Country Categories  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on specific categories, including pop, rock, R&B, rap, and country. Cheers! Pop Best Pop Solo Performance:  The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”…

‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities…

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…

Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?


With each and every year, R&B seemingly continues to lose footing – yeah it’s the same old sermon preach year after year. Once a preeminent genre that was dominating radio, album sales, and overall market impact, R&B as a whole seems to have lost its way. While R&B has been cooling off for years, the…

Mariah Carey Drops The Bomb On “Infinity”


Mariah Carey • Infinity – Single • Release Date: April 27, 2015  2014 was not a good year in the least for Mariah Carey – that’s an understatement! They say that “when it rains it pours” and that would be the best way to describe Carey’s status. Me. I Am Mariah was a gargantuan flop,…

2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1


So much time is spent examining entire albums or merely analyzing singles or songs off of those albums. A lot can be gained from being more analytical and isolating key lyrics from a song. Sure, this is micromanagement – total music nerd shit – but there’s greatness that can be unveiled. Throughout 2015, there have…

Why The ‘F Word’ Matters Little In Music Anymore


Honestly, nobody (few) cares about the ‘f-word’ anymore when it comes to music anymore. The sentiment is one of “f**k it!” who cares if “For Under Consent of the King” is used or not? In the past, using the most obscene of obscenities wouldn’t come close to being acceptable, but at this point, the word…

The Best Albums of 2015 – End of 1st Quarter Update


It is now April 2015 and the first quarter of the year has elapsed? How many big-time albums have been dropped between January 2015 and the end of March? The answer is several notable albums, with the top five definitely producing the heat. Here are 14 of the best albums of 2015 as of the…

2015 Albums With Disappointing Sales


Some big names have dropped albums in 2015. Some have been successful (Drake tops that list), while others have seen much less enthusiasm in the sales front. Here are nine albums that have yielded disappointing numbers commercially. Some of these are solid albums, but a great album doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to sell well….