LW, “Sunshine” [Single Review]


LW brings the heat on single “Sunshine” LW • Sunshine – Single • Lewayne Scott • Single Release Date: September 27, 2014 On single “Sunshine,” multitalented R&B artist LW likens Sunshine (his lady) to the sunshine whose rays come down from the heavens. Fittingly, the song itself is exuberant, lush, and “sunny” in sound, representing…

Ranking Jill Scott’s Albums [Discography Analysis]


  Jill Scott returned in 2015 with her fifth studio album Woman. One thing about Jill is she doesn’t know what a bad album is, a fact that wasn’t lost on Woman. Still, where does Woman fit in the ranks of her rich discography? Let’s rank Scott’s five studio albums! 1) Beautifully Human: Words And…

Jill Scott, Woman [Short Take Review]


Jill Scott’s Best Attribute Continues To Work Splendidly For Her – Her Pipes   Jill Scott • Woman • Atlantic • US Release Date: July 24, 2015 Once an artist reaches to certain album number, doesn’t it seem like there’s less anticipation or outright excitement? Sad that may be, but that’s sort of the case…

‘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…

Bilal, In Another Life [Track By Track Review]


Bilal Delivers Killer Throwback Soul Album On ‘In Another Life’ Bilal • In Another Life • eOne • US Release Date: June 30, 2015  When Bilal drops an album, you know it is FIRE. What, excuse me? Why so confident there music reviewer fellow? The confidence is because it’s true. Not everybody may be on…

How Much Does Bad Press Affect Angie Stone? 


Angie Stone is not a name you hear much in the press anymore. Sure, Ms. Stone had a superb run during R&B neo-soul days, even if she never managed to land a top ten album. Ask any neo-soul buff, and “No More Rain In This Cloud,” “Brotha,” and “U-Haul” are all classics. The woman can…

Jazmine Sullivan’s Best Songs


After a lengthy hiatus, Jazmine Sullivan finally returns back to the music industry with her third studio album, Reality Show. Even though Sullivan’s output is limited to two albums, both Fearless and Love Me Back were exceptional, consistent albums from top to bottom. Given Sullivan’s consummate musicianship, it’s easy to pick multiple songs from Sullivan’s…

Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

Lyric Analysis: Examining Favorite Lyrical Moments From D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’


It’s no secret that I’m high…off of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah that is! No only did I speak upon its triumphant nature here at brentmusicreviews.com (D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B), I also penned a review on Starpulse.com (Review: D’Angelo Unveils Another R&B Masterpiece With ‘Black Messiah’), praising the effort. And if that wasn’t enough, the…