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R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’


R. Kelly • The Buffet • RCA • Release Date: 12.11.15 R. Kelly has never had a problem with being prolific – apparently, he wrote 462 songs for his latest album, The Buffet. After listening to The Buffet, one has to wonder what percentage of those 462 songs involved sex. Likely the percentage is high given the prevalence of sex throughout the course of The Buffet. … Continue reading R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’

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The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)


The Game • The Documentary 2.5 • Blood Money / Entertainment One • Release Date: October 16, 2015 West Coast MC The Game has been ‘on a roll’ in 2015. First, he kept it real on The Documentary 2, arguably among his best albums in years. Now he drops the ½ – better yet the .5 – sequel’s continuation, The Documentary 2.5. With The Documentary … Continue reading The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)

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Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


Andra Day ‘nails it’ on her retro-soul debut Cheers To The Fall Andra Day • Cheers To The Fall • Buskin/Warner Bros • Release Date: August 28, 2015 For a while in 2015, it seemed the days of being excited about a new R&B artist or new R&B album were done.   The early part of the year nearly killed the vibe for all time. Luckily, … Continue reading Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review

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Tame Impala, Currents [Track-by-Track Review]


  Tame Impala – aka Kevin Parker – takes us on a psychedelic, electro trip throughout ‘Currents‘  Tame Impala • Currents • Interscope • US Release Date: July 17, 2015 Australian alternative band, Tame Impala return with its third album, Currents. Highly anticipated, Tame Impala – aka Kevin Parker’s brainchild – was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album for 2012’s Lonerism. Following up … Continue reading Tame Impala, Currents [Track-by-Track Review]

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X Ambassadors, VHS [Review]


 X Ambassadors Show Incredible Potential on Debut Album ‘VHS’ X Ambassadors • VHS • Interscope • US Release Date: June 30, 2015   The following silly, probably pointless story will make some people quite sad. So, I often peruse iTunes to see what’s new and hot. For the longest time, I see this album from X Ambassadors and its pretty high on the totem pole … Continue reading X Ambassadors, VHS [Review]

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Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)


Not every album is memorable – in fact many albums can be like “watching paint dry.” Yeah that’s harsh, but true. Some of the albums on this list have earned their title as the most forgettable albums of 2015, while others are forgettable with some redeeming qualities. Regardless, these albums could’ve stood to have stepped their game up just a bit. 1) Chris Brown & … Continue reading Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)

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Did Jamie Foxx Lose His Luster on ‘Hollywood: Story of A Dozen Roses?’


May 18, 2015 saw the release of something folks hadn’t seen in five years – a new Jamie Foxx album (Hollywood: Story of a Dozen Roses). Jamie Foxx as a musician is extremely talented – a classical trained pianist and a soulful vocalist. In other words, Foxx’s talent rivals or bests many of his contemporaries that are full-time musicians without question. The problem is, his … Continue reading Did Jamie Foxx Lose His Luster on ‘Hollywood: Story of A Dozen Roses?’

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Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’


Tech N9ne • Special Effects • Strange Music • US Release Date: May 4, 2015 Tech N9ne is one of a kind. Yep, this is a cliché characterization that could be used to describe almost any musician, but in the case of Tech N9ne, it’s true. He ranks among the most eclectic rappers in the game, with most of his eclecticism coming from being an … Continue reading Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’

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Why Sam Hunt Represents The Future of Country Music 


The following statement may shock some folks but believe it or not, not everyone is a big fan of country music. Yes, that may sound like explicit sacrilege or blasphemy to those who enjoy their music with a little extra twang, southern hospitality, and of course pedal steel, but honestly, there’s many people who don’t enjoy it. Why exactly is it that some don’t enjoy … Continue reading Why Sam Hunt Represents The Future of Country Music 

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Panic! At The Disco’s “Hallelujah” Ranks Among The Band’s Deepest Songs


On inspired, triumphant new single “Hallelujah,” Panic! At The Disco front man Brendon Urie asks “All you sinners stand up, sing hallelujah!” Yes, on the ‘sanctified’ chorus, Urie is all about sinners everywhere allowing the spirit to move through them: “And if you can’t stop shaking, lean back / let it move through ya.” Finally, he caps the hook off with “Say your prayers.” Everything … Continue reading Panic! At The Disco’s “Hallelujah” Ranks Among The Band’s Deepest Songs