Fantasia, Ugly © RCA

Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it seemed ‘odd’ in the context of the show. In other … Continue reading Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single

A Great Big World, When The Morning Comes © Epic (2)

A Great Big World Deliver A Homerun on Sophomore Album ‘When The Morning Comes’


A Great Big World • When The Morning Comes • Epic • Release Date: 11.13.15 It’s sad when a Grammy doesn’t elevate one’s commercial stature, isn’t it? That’s the case for hella talented singer/songwriting pop duo A Great Big World (Chad King and Ian Axel). AGBW landed a Grammy statuette for gargantuan hit, “Say Something” featuring Christina Aguilera, hailing from their debut album Is There … Continue reading A Great Big World Deliver A Homerun on Sophomore Album ‘When The Morning Comes’

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Mac Demarco, ‘Another One’ – Review


Following up the exceptionalness of Salad Days is a tall task, but Demarco manages well on Another One Mac Demarco • Another One • Captured Tracks • Release Date: August 7, 2015  Canadian singer/songwriter Mac Demarco has returned with his mini album Another One. Last year Demarco had everybody going gaga over Salad Days, which somehow missed on a Grammy nomination (how!). Another One has … Continue reading Mac Demarco, ‘Another One’ – Review

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Ranking Jill Scott’s Albums [Discography Analysis]


  Jill Scott returned in 2015 with her fifth studio album Woman. One thing about Jill is she doesn’t know what a bad album is, a fact that wasn’t lost on Woman. Still, where does Woman fit in the ranks of her rich discography? Let’s rank Scott’s five studio albums! 1) Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds, Vol. 2 (2004) Beautifully Human is clearly one of … Continue reading Ranking Jill Scott’s Albums [Discography Analysis]

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Mike Posner Presents Mike Posner 2.0 On Superb EP ‘The Truth’ (Review)


Mike Posner • The Truth (EP) • Island • US Release Date: June 22, 2015  On The Truth (EP), chameleonic musician Mike Posner repositions himself as a singer/songwriter – quite a departure from his debut pop album 31 Minutes To Takeoff, which seems like an eternity ago (2010). Posner possesses such a distinct voice it’s not far-fetched that he has more flexibility than some contemporary … Continue reading Mike Posner Presents Mike Posner 2.0 On Superb EP ‘The Truth’ (Review)

Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile © Capitol

Tori Kelly Shows Off Her Tremendous Pipes On Debut Album ‘Unbreakable Smile’ [Review]


Okay, none of that pointless introductory bull – let’s just cut to the chase! Pop/R&B singer/songwriter Tori Kelly has mad pipes – really mad. In other words, this girl can absolutely blow! Her debut album Unbreakable Smile isn’t the ‘exemplification of perfection’ per se, but vocally, Kelly shows herself to house quite a profound, stunning instrument. Unbreakable Smile ultimately shows itself to be a respectable, … Continue reading Tori Kelly Shows Off Her Tremendous Pipes On Debut Album ‘Unbreakable Smile’ [Review]

Lyfe Jennings in"Pretty Is" Video (RED, YouTube)

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 R&B artist and artists in general. Regardless of his commercial … Continue reading Lyfe Jennings Remains Consistent and Keeps It 100 On ‘Tree Of Lyfe’