Review: Kenny Lattimore – Anatomy Of A Love Song


I’m a writer and musician. I’m also an unashamed 90s R&B nut. The way I grew up resulted in an unrelenting exposure to the likes of Jodeci, Joe, Blackstreet, Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, and a plethora of other sensitive, soulful black singers – including Kenny Lattimore, who initially found … Continue Reading →

Review: Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure


If you consider the epic body of work that Brian Wilson, mastermind of the celebrated surf rock group The Beach Boys, has contributed to the canon of American popular music, then you can’t help but feel a twinge of dissatisfaction when listening to his latest solo record No Pier Pressure. … Continue Reading →

Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly


Say you took every lyric from the album To Pimp A Butterfly and printed them in a small handbook, this book would be the required reading in a life course entitled “Let’s Get Free”. The third studio album by Compton’s poet laureate Kendrick Lamar is unrivaled in its complexity and … Continue Reading →

Review: Mark Knopfler – Tracker


Following a 15-year career with the British rock band Dire Straits, which included his brother David Knopfler as rhythm guitarist, with John Illsley on bass and Pick Withers on drums, legendary front man Mark Knopfler released his first solo album, Golden Heart, in 1996. Now he is back with his … Continue Reading →

Review: Marc Almond – The Velvet Trail


Five years ago, Marc Almond, the British singer and songwriter who rose to prominence as the vocalist in the synthpop duo Soft Cell during the 1980s, declared that his music writing days are over. After his solo album Varieté, he felt that the songwriting muse had left him. As you … Continue Reading →

Review: Madonna – Rebel Heart


If you don’t know that ‘ageism’ is intertwined with ‘sexism’, Madonna is here to set the record straight. “I don’t think men have to deal with ageism, so it’s a sexist discrimination”. In a recent interview, the icon expressed her feelings on working in an industry where youth is the … Continue Reading →

Review: Kid Rock – First Kiss


Kid Rock has covered diverse musical genres in his 25-year career: hip-hop, rock, country. His latest record, First Kiss, falls between the lines of Americana and blues-based rock music, a nod to the classic heartland rock of the 70s and 80s that defaults as contemporary country today. This evolution for … Continue Reading →

Review: Raheem DeVaughn – Love Sex Passion


R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn, the Love King, is back with his latest project, Love Sex Passion, which is a long string of personal ballads. Some are bona fide hits, others not quite. For Raheem, it represents growth as a songwriter, having penned every song on the album. He talks about … Continue Reading →

Review: Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show


Reality got to be too real for the R&B chanteuse Jazmine Sullivan, forcing her into a four-year career hiatus for some much needed tender, love and care. After tweeting in 2011 that she was officially taking a break from music to figure out who she is “without a mic, paper … Continue Reading →

Review: Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow


As scores of American citizens rally in the streets, protesting injustice and racial discrimination across the country, Wu-Tang Clan releases their reunion album titled A Better Tomorrow. With more than two decades since their debut, and deemed hip-hop’s greatest group of all time, RZA managed to get all nine original … Continue Reading →

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