CD Reviews

What Did We Think Of Florence And The Machine's New Album?

6/9/2015 1:00pm EDT
Review: Florence + The Machine Continues To Shine On ‘How Big, H
There is a “pool” of distinctive voices in the music world – well maybe not literally but you get the picture. If you had to choose one of many who stand out, Florence Welch, front woman of Florence + The Machine would be one of them. Now on their third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence continues to flex her soulful muscles (or vocals) blending indie rock, pop, and soul capably. How Big may not reach the heights of previous album Ceremonials, but it’s still rock solid.

“Ship To Wreck” kicks off the album enthusiastically, characterized by a rollicking tempo. Th...
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'Everything Is 4' Jason Derulo’s Fourth Album -- A Review

6/8/2015 11:15am EDT
Review: Jason Derulo Continues To Roll Out Singles On 'Everythin
Some artists record albums with songs that possess immense depth and are memorable because of their thoughtfulness and conception. Other artists release records that all have the potential to be big hits without necessarily building an album that’s cohesive or ‘deep.’ In the case of urban-pop artist Jason Derulo, he is known more for the success and catchiness of his records than his albums themselves. That perception of Derulo doesn’t change on Everything Is 4, Derulo’s fourth album.

Derulo kicks off Everything Is 4 in an electrifying fashion with infectious, upbeat single “Want To W...
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A$AP Rocky Shakes Things Up In Sophomore Album

6/1/2015 4:19pm EDT
Review: A$AP Rocky Expands His Game On 'At.Long.Last.A$AP'
In 2013, A$AP Rocky burst on the scene with proper debut album LONG. LIVE. A$AP, scoring a number one album. Throughout Long Live, the MC rapped about gold teeth, getting “Wild For The Night,” and of course his “problems” with a little assistance from 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. Although sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP has some similar themes, from the start, it’s obvious the MC seeks to expand as a rapper. For the most part, Rocky’s experiments and efforts work.

On opener “Holy Ghost,” one of many songs featuring Joe Fox A$AP Rocky is quick to unveil his anti-religious stat...
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Review: Twenty One Pilots ‘Blurryface’

5/25/2015 1:00pm EDT
8 Takeaways From Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’
Alternative duo Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) have been having an awesome 2015 – there’s no other way to describe it. The main reason for this awesomeness is because the profile of the Ohioan duo has been elevated greatly, hence building anticipation for their second major label album, Blurryface. Now the question is, does Blurryface live up to the gargantuan hype that preceded it? The answer is a resounding Yes! Better yet, how about a YAASSS! Here are eight takeaways from Blurryface.

1) “Schizoid pop” is the best way to describe the album

Blurryface is one of the m...
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Will Fans Enjoy Jamie Foxx’s New Album?

5/20/2015 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

5/18/2015 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?

5/11/2015 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?

5/6/2015 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

5/3/2015 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

4/30/2015 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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