Estelle, True Romance © Established 1980 : BMG Rights Management

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 Shine. Since Shine arrived back in 2008, it is no … Continue reading 3 Takeaways From Estelle’s ‘True Romance’

Tinashe, Aquarius © RCA

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 of late, but Tinashe definitely shows why she is deserving … Continue reading Tinashe Delivers A Solid Contemporary R&B Debut On ‘Aquarius’

Review: Ledisi, ‘The Truth’


Ledisi unleashes more contemporary R&B moments on The Truth Ledisi • The Truth • Verve • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 Ledisi Young is one of more talented R&B singers of present times, period.  Honestly, the 41-year old artist has nothing short of extraordinary, soulful pipes; the passion translates easily. Even so, being talented doesn’t necessarily convert to exceptional commercial fortunes, as numerous artists … Continue reading Review: Ledisi, ‘The Truth’

Review: Aloe Blacc, ‘Lift Your Spirit’


 Aloe Blacc’s third album Lift Your Spirit does just that Aloe Blacc • Lift Your Spirit • Interscope • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 R&B singer Aloe Blacc is not in his first rodeo; he had an outstanding single out in 2010 entitled “I Need A Dollar” that should have foreshadowed what was to come.  Still, things only break for an artist when it’s … Continue reading Review: Aloe Blacc, ‘Lift Your Spirit’

Review: Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’


G I R L easily one-ups Williams’ 2006 debut, In My Mind Pharrell Williams • G I R L • Columbia • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Arguably, no one had a better year in 2013 than Pharrell Williams.  A longtime veteran of the music game in a numerous capacities, things had become considerably slower for one of music’s brightest beacons.  But then the … Continue reading Review: Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’

Review: Candice Glover, ‘Music Speaks’


After much delay, Candice Glover finally delivers her debut album Candice Glover • Music Speaks • 19 • US Release Date: February 18, 2014 Honestly, it seemed like an urban-sounding artist might never win American Idol again, let alone a female contestant after a string of victorious males.  Candice Glover became the first female victor since Jordin Sparks, though bad timing kind of killed her … Continue reading Review: Candice Glover, ‘Music Speaks’

Review: Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love Marriage & Divorce’


  Toni Braxton and Babyface make some sweet, classy music on Love Marriage & Divorce  Toni Braxton & Babyface • Love Marriage & Divorce • Motown • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 There’s just something special when two R&B veterans collaborate together.  Honestly, when your career has past its peak, why not come together and try to rekindle the magic – after all, isn’t … Continue reading Review: Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love Marriage & Divorce’

Review: Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’


 Algebra superbly delivers the ups and downs of the recovery of the brokenhearted Algebra Blessett • Recovery • eOne • US Release Date: January 28, 2014 Stating that R&B has cooled considerably in recent times would be an gigantic understatement.  When Beyoncé shocked the world in December 2013 with her surprise fifth LP, she definitely gave the entire genre a much need pick-me-up.  Until Beyoncé, … Continue reading Review: Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’

Review: The Weeknd, ‘Kiss Land’


The Weeknd Sticks With the Formula With Less Notable Results The Weeknd⎪ Kiss Land ⎪ Republic⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Alternative R&B generally is a fine outlet to keep the cooling genre of R&B alive. In a day and age where ‘neo-soul’ has fallen by the wayside and adult contemporary R&B can’t carry the torch alone, alt-R&B seems like the present answer to … Continue reading Review: The Weeknd, ‘Kiss Land’

Raheem DeVaughn, A Place Called Loveland © Mass Appeal

Review: Raheem DeVaughn, A Place Called Love Land


Raheem DeVaughn Does What He Does Superbly Raheem DeVaughn⎪ A Place Called Love Land ⎪Mass Appeal⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 3, 2013 Classy is a positive adjective in my book, however when it comes to music, classiness isn’t necessarily the first adjective that comes to mind when describing a potential commercially successful artist or album.  R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn epitomizes classiness, particularly with his brand … Continue reading Review: Raheem DeVaughn, A Place Called Love Land