Review: Hozier – Wasteland, Baby!

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In 2014, Hozier released his self-titled first album, which, like his standout single “Take Me To Church”, effectively blended soul with folk into something that felt, broadly, like indie rock. On his second album, “Wasteland, Baby!”, Hozier plays with similar elements, but takes a more exploratory approach. The album features … Continue Reading →

Solange – When I Get Home

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Solange has released her fourth studio album, entitled “When I Get Home”. This is the follow-up to her chart-topping album “A Seat At The Table”, the groundbreaking LP that catapulted her out of the shadow of her big sister Beyonce. The stylistic elements of Solange’s 2016 release also define her … Continue Reading →

Carvin Winans – In The Softest Way

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Carvin Winans of the legendary Winans family releases his first solo album, “In The Softest Way”. The Grammy-winning artist, who turns 61 next week, has been in the music industry for almost four decades as a member of The Winans, the group he formed with three of his brothers in … Continue Reading →

Review: Lily & Madeleine – Canterbury Girls

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The album artwork for Lily & Madeleine’s fourth album, “Canterbury Girls”, captures the Jurkiewicz sisters posing before a purple and gray swirling sky. Fairlight Hubbard’s photograph is dreamy and modern, but also brooding: the conspiratorial looks of Lily & Madeleine suggests a bond so insular and strong that they almost … Continue Reading →

Roses Gabor – Fantasy & Facts

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British singer and songwriter Roses Gabor has released her debut album, “Fantasy & Facts”. Gabor, a Londoner with Grenadian roots who names Mary J. Blige and Michael Jackson as major influences, has carved out her own style, blending R&B with heavy electronic beats on “Fantasy & Facts”. The album has … Continue Reading →

Review: India Arie – Worthy

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Deep down, India Arie wasn’t sure that she’d ever create another full-length album following the release of her 2017 EP, “SongVersation: Medicine”. Despite more than ten million albums sold and several successful world tours, she wondered if she’d be better off hanging up her mic and registering for classes at … Continue Reading →

Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness

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Celebrated vocalist Chaka Khan returns with a new EP, titled “Hello Happiness”. This seven-track record features her first new material since 2013’s Lecrae-assisted single “It’s Not Over”, and is her first studio album since “Funk This”, released in 2007. Recharged by her recent return to the stage after rehab and … Continue Reading →

Review: Emily King – Scenery

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Back in 2014, Emily King negotiated loving her partner without losing her sense of freedom on the single “Distance”. Of distance, she crooned, “It makes me want to clear my head / Find a little gap there and write the words to a song”. Since that time, if “Scenery” is … Continue Reading →

Nina Nesbitt – The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change

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British singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has released her second studio album, “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change”. Five years after her debut LP with the hit single “Selfies”, the 24-year-old pop musician from Livingston, Scotland, returns with a matured sound, adding a 90s R&B vibe to her new … Continue Reading →

Mandolin Orange – Tides Of A Teardrop

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Folk duo Mandolin Orange has released their sixth album, entitled “Tides Of A Teardrop”. A decade ago, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, both singers and multi-instrumentalists, formed Mandolin Orange in North Carolina, and with their new album they present a collection of intimate songs written by Marlin. Currently on tour … Continue Reading →