Reviews

Review: Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography

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Directors Of Photography, the fifth full-length album of OG west coast artists Dilated Peoples, has a sharp albeit kaleidoscopic focus. Eight years after the release of their last album, 2006’s 20/20, and branching out to explore the success of solo careers, the trio consisting of Evidence, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience, is staying true to their brand. This … Continue Reading →

Review: Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss

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Spending a few hours listening to Sinead O’Connor’s tenth album release I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss really calls into question this whole media debate about what it means to be bossy, the boss and female. Apparently this concept of being the boss as a woman, young or mature, is … Continue Reading →

Review: Eric Roberson – The Box

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Eric Roberson is on a noble journey having emerged as a leader of the soul R&B crooner pack while navigating a twenty-year career largely as an independent artist in demand. Revered worldwide for being the type of songwriter, producer and entertainer of dynamic, unforgettable flair, Eric Roberson has come into … Continue Reading →

Review: Cormega – Mega Philosophy

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Let’s talk about themes you don’t hear in mainstream hip-hop these days: Wisdom. Honor. Responsibility. Elevation. Ambition. Moral conviction. When is the last time you heard an established emcee tell a generation of young men to pick their pants up without sounding corny or out of touch about it? In … Continue Reading →

Review: Marsha Ambrosius – Friends & Lovers

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Coming out with her second album, Marsha Ambrosius releases Friends & Lovers three years after her first solo LP Late Nights & Early Mornings. The British singer and songwriter and former member of Floetry illustrates the world of emotional merry-go-round relationship navigation that comes with friends who become lovers. The … Continue Reading →

Review: Leela James – Fall For You

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If for everything there is a season, as the ecclesiastical scripture dictates, then this is officially Leela James’ season. As the story goes, everything that James has done in her life and career up to this point has prepared her for the release of this latest album, Fall For You. … Continue Reading →

Review: Joe – Bridges

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Joe’s new album, Bridges, is as smooth as a glass of chilled moscato, in a manner of speaking. The R&B veteran singer and songwriter is true to his soulful roots with his eleventh studio release of ballads and up-tempo tunes. Many songs have a throwback feel to them, bringing artists … Continue Reading →

Review: Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

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If Lana Del Rey knows how to do anything, it’s stay in her lane. The melodrama of her self-defined genre known as ‘Hollywood sadcore’ is revisited on her new studio album Ultraviolence. Despite claims following the release of 2012’s Born to Die that as a singer and songwriter she had … Continue Reading →

Review: Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A.

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Jenny from the block, better known around the globe as international pop icon J-Lo, is one of those triple-plus threats that have managed careers in entertainment made platinum through a solid fan base across the board. She started off as a dancer, and became a blockbuster actress, yet a great … Continue Reading →

Review: First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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First Aid Kit’s music appears to come from a generation past, or one that never quite existed in Stockholm as we know it, considering Sweden’s international pop acts like ABBA or Little Dragon. Possessing a synergy similar to American country siblings whose close harmonies are part of their vocal identity, … Continue Reading →

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