Reviews

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Review: Darien Dean – Detours

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No matter where you’re headed in life, if you follow the musical “Detours” of Darien Dean, I promise you’ll end up exactly where you need to be. This latest release happens to be the second installment of his “Notes From The Journey” trilogy, and is what he considers his most … Continue Reading →

Review: Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

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Born during a decade of major upheaval with rallies against war, national tragedy, and social turmoil, Lenny Kravitz is a true “Flower Child” rebel. The son of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker, the television executive and beloved 70s sitcom star, the life of a rocker was destined for their only … Continue Reading →

Review: Passenger – Runaway

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A tireless singer, songwriter, and nonstop traveler, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, is back with his tenth studio album in eleven years. The son of an American father and an English mother draws heavily from his American roots for “Runaway”, an influence that is impossible not to hear. “I am half-American. … Continue Reading →

Review: Nicki Minaj – Queen

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Who is the Queen of Rap? Since 2007, Nicki Minaj consistently works to prove herself in the rap game. The native of Trinidad and Tobago, who was raised in Queens, New York, introduced herself to the world with her mixtapes before she signed with Lil Wayne’s record label and had … Continue Reading →

Review: Christina Aguilera – Liberation

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It’s been a long road to “Liberation” for Christina Aguilera. From childhood stardom as a Mouseketeer to the release of her first hit single, “Genie In A Bottle”, while still in her teens, Christina has grown up in the spotlight. While she’s always remained within the loosely defined boundaries of … Continue Reading →

Review: Akua Naru – The Blackest Joy

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It’s no secret, the complicated history of Black Americans and the satisfaction of life outside of the United States. For over a century Blacks have found their way to more accommodating cities across Europe. To escape the racism of the 1960s, Blacks made the move abroad to countries like France, … Continue Reading →

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