Review: Snoop Dogg Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘Bush’


Snoop Dogg • Bush • Columbia • US Release Date: May 12, 2015 How does a legendary MC continue to keep it G in his early 40s? He reinvents himself or at least retools. Snoop Dogg does just that on Bush by embracing his soulful, funkier side, while easing up on his edgier, more explicit…

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how…

The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist


So… two years ago, I composed a post that was titled Three Songs With The Word “Birthday” In Them To Celebrate My Birthday. Now two years later, also on my birthday, I’m celebrating with an expansion of that brief playlist. Call this the ‘Birthday’ Album – a playlist comprised of 14 songs celebrating my birthday. Some…

Review: Ruben Studdard, ‘Unconditional Love’


Studdard is in excellent voice on the relatively safe Unconditional Love  Ruben Studdard • Unconditional Love • Verve • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums.  Unless you’re an…

Review: Celine Dion, ‘Loved Me Back To Life’


Canadian pop powerhouse Celine Dion has ‘still got it’ Celine Dion⎪ Loved Me Back To Life ⎪ Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 5, 2013 Years ago, the name Celine Dion carried incredible weight.  For comparison, it’s kinda like in basketball when analysts call a player ‘automatic’; Dion used to be an automatic commercial juggernaut,…

Macy Gray is Releasing Cover Album ‘Talking Book’? Whoa


We all know Macy Gray is long past her Grammy-winning peak.  Some might even pinpoint her into the one-hit-wonder category, whether it be accounting for triple platinum album On How Life Is or hit single “I Try.” I’ll admit that I have parodied “I Try” more than once, as have many of my friends – mean, but it’s easy to do. Truthfully, it is…

Three Songs With The Word “Birthday” In Them To Celebrate My Birthday


I apologize for my two day hiatus from blogging, but I’m back. Today is my 26th birthday, so I decided to celebrate by penning a post with three uncanny birthday celebratory songs.  Absent are the standard “Happy Birthday” and even Stevie Wonder’s 1980 “Happy Birthday” from his acclaimed Hotter Than July.  No offense, but compared…