Tank, Savage | Top 5 Songs


★★★ R&B singer/songwriter Tank continues to amplify sex on his savage new studio album, fittingly titled, ‘Savage.’ Despite the coolness of R&B, Tank, continues to be prolific.  Despite being incredibly underrated, he’s written and recorded some great music during his career. His 2016 album, Sex Love & Pain II was disappointing, however.  It suffered from…

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…

Stacy Barthe, BEcoming (Review)


Stacy Barthe delivers a meaningful debut album with ‘BEcoming’  Stacy Barthe • BEcoming • Motown • Release Date: July 10, 2015 A gargantuan problem with R&B today is PROMO, rather the LACK OF PROMO. Sure, there are other issues (oversexed-ness and lack of clear identity in some instances), but the lack of rock solid promotional…

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…

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…

Lyfe Jennings Remains Consistent and Keeps It 100 On ‘Tree Of Lyfe’


 Lyfe Jennings • Tree of Lyfe • RED (Sony) • US Release Date: June 23, 2015 Like so many artists, R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings had his ‘run’ in the game. Following his biggest successes, his album sales dwindled and he went from major label to independent label – yep, basically the story of many a…

Ciara Sixth Album ‘Jackie’ Flops  


Ciara just “dropped a bomb” in the most literal sense. Her latest studio album, May 2015 effort Jackie “failed to connect.” Without speaking in phrases, riddles, or metaphors, the album didn’t sale worth crap. Jackie managed to secure a top 20 album by landing at #17 on the Billboard 200, but the pure sales were…

3 Takeaways From Estelle’s ‘True Romance’


Estelle • True Romance • Established 1980 / BMG Rights Management • US Release Date: February 17, 2015 After a three-year break, Estelle returned with her fourth studio album, True Romance, released via Established 1980 / BMG Management Rights. Estelle’s claim to fame stateside has been one particular song, “American Boy,” from her sophomore album…