R. City, What Dreams Are Made Of (Short Take Review)


There’s Plenty Of Things To Enjoy About ‘What Dreams Are Made of’ R. City • What Dreams Are Made Of • Kemosabe • Release Date: October 9, 2015 Being truly subjective, normally, a musical duo/group like R. City wouldn’t necessarily “tickle my fancy.” Why? So many times, when reggae is blended with pop, hip-hop or…

One Favorite Song From Each Jaheim Album (Playlist)


Jaheim is clearly one of R&B’s underrated musicians. The man can sing (understatement), sounding like a mix between Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. Throughout his underrated career, Jaheim has played a balancing act between playing to the streets and to the grown and sexy/adult R&B crowd. While that’s a “thin line” to balance, overall, Ja…

Bryson Tiller, ‘T R A P S O U L’ – Review (Short Take)


Kentucky Bred Bryson Tiller Shows Both Potential and Room For Improvement  Bryson Tiller • T R A P S O U L • Bryson Tiller / RCA • Release Date: 9.25.2015  When a fellow Kentuckian is in the spotlight (for something positive), there’s an obligation to support and rally behind that person. Bryson Tiller is…

Tamar Braxton, ‘Calling All Lovers’ – Review (Short Take)


Braxton Shows Off Mad Pipes Throughout ‘Calling All Lovers’  Tamar Braxton • Calling All Lovers • Epic • Release Date: October 2, 2015 Let’s keep this one short and sweet – Tamar Braxton steps up her game on her third LP Calling All Lovers. The once delayed album is quite impressive and goes to show…

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


Andra Day ‘nails it’ on her retro-soul debut Cheers To The Fall Andra Day • Cheers To The Fall • Buskin/Warner Bros • Release Date: August 28, 2015 For a while in 2015, it seemed the days of being excited about a new R&B artist or new R&B album were done.   The early part of…

Jordin Sparks, Right Here Right Now – Review


Jordin Sparks Steps Up Her Game on ‘Right Here Right Now’ Jordin Sparks • Right Here Right Now • 19/Sony • Release Date: August 21, 2015 The best way to describe Jordin Sparks’ music career is…mixed. On the one hand, Sparks did quite well for herself with her debut album Jordin Sparks thanks to inescapable…

Vivian Green, ‘Vivid’ – Review


Vivian Green Shines Vividly on ‘Vivid Vivian Green • Vivid • Make Noise • Release Date: August 7, 2015 “People often say she’s so underrated / but I’m blessed, I’m blessed, I’m blessed.” Indeed, Vivian Green is one of R&B’s most underrated artists, but she has never let that dictate the quality of her output….

Alicia Keys, ‘28 Thousand Days’ (Single Review)


 Alicia Keys goes retro on new single ’28 Thousand Days’ Alicia Keys • 28 Thousand Days – Single • RCA • Release Date: July 31, 2015 Alicia Keys came to play on her new single, “28 Thousand Days.” Before analyzing Keys’ new single, let’s take a brief look on how she arrived at “28 Thousand…

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…