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,…

Review: Raheem DeVaughn Maintains Consistency on ‘Love Sex Passion’


Raheem DeVaughn • Love Sex Passion • Entertainment One • US Release Date: February 17, 2015 Who’s among the most consistent R&B artists in the game? That would be Raheem DeVaughn, who recently dropped his fifth studio album, Love Sex Passion. Still on his independent flow, rather than being signed to Mass Appeal, DeVaughn is…

Review: George Ezra Shines Like A Beacon on Debut ‘Wanted On Voyage’


George Ezra • Wanted On Voyage • Columbia • US Release Date: January 27, 2015 It’s a shame that singer/songwriters don’t receive more attention these days. Some of the most authentic music hails from those who ‘go against the grain’ and compose thoughtful, personal music. Think about a song like “Take Me To Church” written…

Nicki Minaj, ‘The Pinkprint’ – A Review


Although Scattered, Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Proves Captivating Nicki Minaj • The Pinkprint • Republic • US Release Date: December 15, 2014  “Oh my gosh, look at her butt!” Yep, that bold phrase managed to dominate the airwaves as one Nicki Minaj managed to one-up her own edginess as an MC. If “Beez In The Trap”…

Takeaways from Mary J. Blige’s, ‘The London Sessions’


It has been three years since the last Mary J. Blige album – well sort of. Blige was responsible for the Think Like A Man Too soundtrack, an effort that likely went largely unnoticed because it was a soundtrack. Even if The London Sessions is technically Blige’s second album of 2014, it is the most…

Keyshia Cole’s ‘Point Of No Return’ Falls Short Of Best Work


Keyshia Cole • Point of No Return • Interscope • US Release Date: October 7, 2014 One of the most frustrating things when one is the ultimate fan of an artist (‘fan boy’ or ‘fan girl’) is when that artist totally lets you down. Keyshia Cole, as sad as it is to report, has committed…

Pop/Rock Trio PUBLIC Shine on EP, ‘Let’s Make It’


  PUBLIC • Let’s Make It • PUBLIC • US Release Date: October 7, 2014  PUBLIC are: John Vaughn, guitar & lead vocals // Matt Alvarado, bass & vocals // Ben Lapps, drums & vocals When citing artists with similar sensibilities to burgeoning Cincinnati pop/rock trio PUBLIC, names that pop up include The Killers, Neon Trees, RIYL,…

Tinashe Delivers A Solid Contemporary R&B Debut On ‘Aquarius’


Tinashe • Aquarius • RCA • US Release Date: October 7, 2014  Breaking through as a new R&B artist seems like a cruel joke these days…just keeping it real. That said, Tinashe definitely has something to offer to the urban music world. Sure, the eagerness to purchase and wholeheartedly promote R&B is incredibly ‘cool’ as…