Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B


D’Angelo and the Vanguard • Black Messiah • RCA • US Release Date: December 15, 2014 Arguably, an artist ‘out of the game’ for 14 long years has made the album to beat, right at the tail end of 2014. A comeback from one of neo-soul’s visionaries has long been rumored but to continual disappointments….

12 Best R&B Albums of 2014 (Mid-Year)


It’s mid-year (or slightly past), and it’s time to catch up with some of the year’s best R&B albums. R&B is not dead, even if the Nielsen Soundscan numbers might lead you to believe otherwise. Previously, in April 2014, an early list of the best R&B albums was published. There are some noticeable changes and…

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014


It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song…

March Madness: Best Album Tournament for the 1st Quarter, 2014


  Ah, there is no better time of the year than March Madness… well maybe except for Christmas, LOL! It is a time where brackets continue to be devastated by college basketball teams many haven’t heard of upsetting highly favored giants.  As disappointing (when my John Wall-led UK Wildcats lost to WVU in 2010 in…

Ranking Seven Reviewed Albums From January 2014


In January 2014, I reviewed seven new album releases.  Sure, there were some other reviews thrown in the mix, including the Arctic Monkey’s AM that I’d slept on previously in September, a Pitbull EP from last November (Meltdown) housing a former number one hit called “Timber”, and a P!nk live tour DVD, but none apply…

The Frozen Soundtrack Remains Atop the Albums Chart


Beyoncé tried to reclaim the glory of being number one – something that she did for three consecutive weeks, but Disney’s popular Frozen film has also taken the music world a storm remaining atop the Billboard 200.  The numbers are ugly, but a number one album is a number one album right? Well, sort of……

Eight New Album Releases To Consider Buying – Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Are you suffering from the January blues? Has your music collection become mundane and hella boring? Well, there’s nothing to fear as there are several new albums arriving Tuesday, January 14 – sigh!  If Kid Ink’s My Own Lane didn’t suit your sensibilities in an incredibly quiet week, or you’ve spun Beyoncé’s surprise album as…