Music Shopping List: 7 Albums to Consider Purchasing May 26, 2014


May continues to be an impressive month for new album releases – whew, April was lacking! The May 27th release date may not be the sexiest of the month, but it’s hard to call it a ‘bust’ when Mariah Carey is in the mix.  Throw in the latest teen heartthrob (Austin Mahone) and there seems…

Review: Michael Jackson, ‘Xscape’


Xscape proves to be a ‘much better than expected’ posthumous MJ album Michael Jackson • Xscape • Epic • US Release Date: May 13, 2014 “Couldn’t have said it better myself!” – my thoughts on another new Michael Jackson album that is, as excerpted from a previous post:  “Let’s not kid ourselves at all here…

Review: M&O, ‘Almost Us’


M&O isn’t a household name, but perhaps the duo should be M&O • Almost Us • US Release Date: April 3, 2014 In an age where many of us music listeners are searching for the next ‘big-thing’ – aka the next breakout artist/band – too often WE think ‘too big’ and end up missing out…

Review: MKTO, ‘MKTO’


MKTO don’t reinvent the wheel, but deliver worthwhile pop music MKTO • MKTO • Columbia • US Release Date: April 1, 2014 Every year, there are new pop acts that come and go. Some make a gargantuan impact and either exemplify current trends soundly or begin a new trend. Others fall by the wayside, going…

Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’


Kid Cudi’s surprise fourth LP is both ‘creative’ and ‘off-putting’ Kid Cudi • Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon • Republic • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Describing Kid Cudi as merely “one of a kind” might be the biggest understatement ever…change that – it is the biggest understatement ever.  Album release by album…

Austin Mahone Is An Artist Trending Up


Teen pop is something that has truly irked me over the years – badly! Something about young, cocky, good-looking heartthrobs being proclaimed to be the ‘second coming’ of music just doesn’t appeal nor sit well with me.  Yeah, maybe I’m just jealous I couldn’t get the attention all the girls give to these guys, but honestly…

Review: Ruben Studdard, ‘Unconditional Love’


Studdard is in excellent voice on the relatively safe Unconditional Love  Ruben Studdard • Unconditional Love • Verve • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums.  Unless you’re an…

Review: Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Beach House’ (EP)


The Opposite Sex Dominates Ty Dolla $ign’s Mind on Beach House (EP)  Ty Dolla $ign • Beach House (EP) • Atlantic • US Release Date: January 21, 2014 Ty Dolla $ign arrives in 2014 as a new voice in hip-hop; He’s an R&B singer, but he also has some rapping chops.   As seems to be…

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…

Shopping List: Nine Albums to Consider Buying February 4, 2014


January has come and gone – thank goodness!  Still it’s cold and those bills keep on coming in – SMH (add a “D” or an “F” between the “M” and the “H” for extra intensity).  Still, there’s nothing like the gift of music to give us those “High Hopes” that Bruce Springsteen was singing about…