Review: Mary Lambert, ‘Welcome To The Age of My Body’ (EP)


Empowerment Is On Mary Lambert’s Mind on Debut EP  Mary Lambert • Welcome To The Age Of My Body • Capitol • US Release Date: December 17, 2013 / February 4, 2014 (physical) Singer/Songwriter Mary Lambert is best associated at this point in her career with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for her work on Grammy-nominated…

Discovering New Music: Maverix’s Steamy, Edgy Electro Jam


 Maverix •  “Everyone Is Having Sex” • Kolor Klub • US Release Date: December 26, 2013 With some titles, very little is left to the imagination. Electronic single “Everyone Is Having Sex” is in this boat, leaving little to the imagination.  Still, the sheer shock (and perhaps truth) to the title still makes you wonder…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

25 Best R&B Albums of 2013


It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts.  …

Rory Partin’s ‘Classicism’ is Refreshing


I’ll admit that over the course of 2013, I have reviewed a number of albums and both praised and criticized numerous artists.  What is unfortunate from my standpoint is that many of those artists who received my blessing or my chastisement were confined to pop, rock (alternative), R&B, rap, and occasionally other genres such as…

Review: Jesse McCartney, ‘In Technicolor (Part 1)’


Jesse McCartney continues where he left off with 2008 effort Departure Jesse McCartney • In Technicolor (Part I) • EightOEight • US Release Date: December 10, 2013 After five years, actor/sometimes pop star Jesse McCartney finally makes his return to music (notice ‘finally’ is underlined).  The looming question is what took so freaking long? Those…

Justin Bieber Enjoys a “Confident” Lady on Music Monday’s Latest


Justin Bieber • “Confident” – Single • Island • US Release Date: December 9, 2013  Justin Biebers’ Music Mondays is the gift that keeps on giving to Beliebers, pop-cultural buffs, and music journalists alike.  I mean, I thought Kanye West had something good going with Good Fridays back-when, but my boy Biebz just keeps on…

Review: Sevyn Streeter, ‘Call Me Crazy, But…’


Call Me Crazy, But… is a good start for Sevyn, but not without flaws Sevyn Streeter • Call Me Crazy, But… • Atlantic • US Release Date: December 3, 2013 Getting into the R&B game as a solo artist these days is tricky.  It seems so many newbies have nothing short of an uphill battle…

Justin Bieber Looks for a Fix on “Change Me”


Justin Bieber – “Change Me” – Single – Label: Island – US Release Date: December 2, 2013 “Girl I’m ready if you’re ready now / oh, as I’m ever gonna be / if you’re with it then I’m with it now / to accept all responsibility…I don’t wanna be the same…” Whoa!  For his most recent installment of…