CD Reviews

Will Fans Enjoy Jamie Foxx’s New Album?

May 20th, 2015 2:42pm EDT
Review: Jamie Foxx Keeps Things Sensual On ‘Hollywood’
How does one characterize Jamie Foxx? The best way to describe Foxx is as multitalented. He is one of few actors – an Academy Award winner by the way – who can convincingly play dramatic roles as well as comedic roles. Furthermore, Foxx is one of few actors who has nailed the ‘musician’ thing – he’s a classically trained pianist with golden pipes.

After a five-year hiatus between albums, Foxx returns with his most sensually driven lengthily titled album yet, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses. Has the 47-year old Foxx lost his swag? Nope, not in the least – perhaps he overdoes the ‘sw...
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We Think You'll Really Enjoy Snoops Latest Album

May 18th, 2015 1:54pm EDT
5 Takeaways From Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bush’
Snoop Dogg is back y’all! What better to come back than dropping a bomb? In this case, a ‘bomb’ is more ‘da bomb’ than a ‘flop.’ Bush, Snoop’s latest album is heads and tails above his recent releases, particularly his reggae album (as Snoop Lion) Reincarnated. What makes Bush so good? Well, here are five takeaways that make it irresistible!

1) Snoop Shows Incredible Maturity

Much like the song “So Many Pros,” there are indeed “so many pros” about Bush. One of the biggest is the maturity that Snoop showcases. Yes, it is shocking that Snoop Dogg and maturity are in the same sen...
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What Did We Think Of Ciara’s Latest Album?

May 11th, 2015 1:45pm EDT
Review: Ciara Sticks To The Script On ‘Jackie’
Six albums into her career, Ciara seems to be at a comfortable spot in her career. No her albums aren’t flying off the shelves, but Ciara essentially has remained in her lane with some tweaks here and there. She elevated her game beginning with fourth album Basic Instinct album, but her ‘makeover’ wasn’t a total redesign. Latest album Jackie, named after her mother, mixes dance, hip-hop, pop, and R&B together with enjoyable, if predictable results.

“Jackie (B.M.F.)” opens Jackie with a combination of three distinct songs. Throughout the course of the three parts of “Jackie,” Ciara ...
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Is Mumford & Sons Highly Anticipated Third Album Any Good?

May 6th, 2015 10:53am EDT
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
“What was I thinking?” Oprah once asked that question on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she was criticizing her past fashion choices. The same sentiment could be referenced towards Mumford & Sons’ highly anticipated third album, Wilder Mind. Indeed, Wilder Mind is an expansion to modern rock by the former folk-loving band, but the makeover is quite drastic with only middling results. If Mumford & Sons’ mark is to modernize its sound, then that is achieved and blatantly obvious on the album’s opener, “Tompkins Square Park.” However if Mumford & Sons are looking for a deeper artistic stateme...
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Josh Groban's Latest Album Should Please His Fans

May 3rd, 2015 11:00am EDT
Review: Josh Groban Remains Consistent On ‘Stages’
Few would characterize Josh Groban as an innovative musician – that’s not his ‘artistic lane’ you might say. What the classical pop/classic crossover vocalist is however is a terrific musician who possesses one of the very best voices in the game. Groban’s vocal tone is celestial; he definitely knows how to captivate with prodigious talent. Stages, an album where Groban covers film and theater classics, finds the musician in top-notch vocal form as always, accompanied by terrific orchestrations. It’s not a ‘sexy’ album per se, but sound.

“Pure Imagination” opens things lushly, as Groba...
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This Rock Band Has Its First No. 1 Album

April 30th, 2015 9:11am EDT
Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Album Rocks To The Top Of The Billboar
Alabama Shakes have great reason to celebrate as their sophomore album Sound & Color tops the Billboard 200 this week. Sound & Color didn’t exactly break sales records with the 91,000 copies it sold (96,000 overall units per Billboard), but it was enough to give the rock band its first number one album and best sales week. Alabama must be proud!

Alabama Shakes’ album was definitely the most popular of the week, but Yelawolf got some love this week too. And guess where he’s from – Alabama! After his debut album Radioactive flopped, Yelawolf’s sophomore set Love Story debuts at #3. Of ...
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Lili K's Ruby Is A Must Listen

April 27th, 2015 8:40am EDT
Review: Lili K Delivers A Jazzy, Soulful Smash On 'Ruby'
Chicago musician Lili K represents fresh blood in the music game with a distinct throwback vibe. On her debut Ruby, Lili K showcases her exceptional musicianship, producing the effort herself and most of all, sharing her prodigious pipes for all to hear in their nuanced glory. Lilli K blends jazz and soul music like a champ throughout her debut, and her classical vocal training is always apparent; she’s flawless when it comes to developing a complete performance. Given her fine talents, Ruby proves early on to be a ‘must hear.’

“Mama Told Me” opens Ruby soulfully, offering a taste of wh...
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Alabama Shakes Latest Album Delivers

April 24th, 2015 1:34pm EDT
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color © ATO
Back in 2012, Alabama Shakes seemed to come out of thin air. Who would’ve thought that the Alabama based alternative band led by front woman Brittany Howard would score a top ten album, a gold-certified album (Boys & Girls) and Grammy nominations? The aforementioned accolades have made the band’s sophomore album Sound & Color one of the most anticipated efforts of 2015. Is the anticipation deserved? Take one listen to Sound & Color and the answer is a resounding YES. YASSS may better describe it!

“Sound & Color” opens the album with an extended instrumental introduction – the first v...
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Tyler The Creator's Fourth Studio Album

April 19th, 2015 2:30pm EDT
Review: Tyler The Creator Remains Unapologetic On ‘Cherry Bomb’
“Can’t a n***a get some f**king chaos in here? / I’m the truth and the dare / and you can get your a** beat like a kick in a snare!” Those unapologetic lyrics characterize twenty-something underground Tyler the Creator to a tee – he has no filter whatsoever. This remarkable boldness continues on his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb. Even so, Tyler also manages to tweak his formula, showing more artistic range than previous albums. Maybe Cherry Bomb isn’t the ‘bomb’ that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, but there is plenty to celebrate about the LP.

“DEATHCAMP” initiates the albu...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album ‘Handwritten’

April 15th, 2015 1:30pm EDT
Review: Shawn Mendes Shows Great Potential On Debut Album ‘Handw
The power and the influence of video sharing sites is nothing short of incredible. Particularly for the youthful upstart musician, YouTube and Vine have done wonders for self-promotion. One of the latest benefactors is Canadian teen pop star Shawn Mendes. After dropping The Shawn Mendes EP back in 2014, the 16-year old singer/songwriter releases his major label debut, Handwritten.

“Life of the Party” plays true to the expected – solid, yet on the predictable side of things. The opener easily passes the marks – it’s a stand out contextually – even if it isn’t nearly as fun as the title ...
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