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reviewed Back To Black a CD from Amy Winehouse. July 24, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Back To Black a CD from Amy Winehouse
We attach some very negative connotations to the term "pop music." Its gotten to the point where a lot of cultural critics (a breed that ironically takes pride in not knowing anything at all about pop …
reviewed 4 (Beyonce album). June 30, 2011
4 (Beyoncé Knowles album)
   Pop superstar Beyonce has just unleashed her fourth studio album on the world aptly title “4”. The album was named by the fans and in our opinion this is an album for the fans. …
reviewed Rolling In The Deep. June 27, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Rolling In The Deep
Rolling in the Deep, soul singer Adele's number one hit single off her sophmore album, 21 and her first number one song on US charts. It is so incredibly rare that a single enjoys such success on …
reviewed Rolling In The Deep. June 23, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Rolling In The Deep
After a brief hiatus due to my tenure with (check out my reviews there on New York City's hottest events) I have decided to return to for a limited edition summer series! …
reviewed Original Album Series:Bobby Darin/Bob.... February 03, 2011
Original Album Series:Bobby Darin/Bobby Darin
The BOBBY DARIN ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES is a great set for those who are new to Darin's music and didn't own the original albums, like myself. The set comes with Darin's first three albums (Bobby …
reviewed The Temptations: Ultimate Collection. January 30, 2011
Temptations Ultimate Collection
Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care …
reviewed Goapele. January 26, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Goapele is one of those artists that tend to stick with you. Do you ever hear a song and it just absolutely says everything that you wish you could say in that kind of angelic voice that you yourself …
reviewed Toni Braxton. December 04, 2010
posted in People Power
Toni Braxton
Sometimes I feel like I'm way behind time. I hardly ever watched Music Videos these days. I'm probably past my prime where pop music is concerned and I no longer know who's on the chart... …
reviewed Best of Chess: Original Versions of S.... November 26, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Best of Chess: Original Versions of Songs in Cadillac Records
This is a great CD, with re-mastered versions of the original blues songs featured in the film, Cadillac Records. These are the real thing, blues written and performed by by Muddy Waters, Howlin' …
reviewed Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me. August 24, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me
Among his many observations that had a way of boring into your subconscious and never leaving, George Carlin once remarked that the Blues is the only musical form that requires absolute authenticity …
reviewed Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-.... July 07, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Sam Cooke
Because he died at such a young age we really only caught a glimpse of the enormous talent of Sam Cooke.   Sam began his career as a gospel singer and spent six years years as lead singer of …
reviewed Ready (Trey Songz album). July 01, 2010
posted in Music Matters
trey songs
Today I'm changing my rating of Trey Songz from a +3 to +4 after what I've seen this guy be able to do with his music in the past two months.  Originally I thought Trey Songz was destined …
reviewed Chris Brown. July 01, 2010
Chris Brown
Well here's my 2 cent. I loved his story. I loved his claim to fame. Enjoyed his dancing and clean image. Bought his first album. Supported another young brutha on the come up. Cool, right? Then he …
reviewed Ray Charles Genius Loves Company. June 05, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Ray Charles Genius Loves Company
While it is indeed true that some of Ray Charles' vocal performances on his final recording "Genius Loves Company" are mediocre at best I am willing to cut the man a …
reviewed VH1 Soul. February 18, 2010
posted in Music Matters
VH1 Soul
There's a rumor going around that VH1 Soul is on the brink of extinction. The blogs are abuzz with it- claiming that a merger that's been long in the works between Centric (BET/MTV) and VH1 …
reviewed The Element of Freedom (album). January 08, 2010
posted in Music Matters
The Element of Freedom Album
 After hearing this album a couple of times you can determine a balance of vulnerability, strength, and love captured throughout the progression of Key’s fourth album. This was written during …
reviewed Cadillac Records. December 29, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Beyonce Knowles as Etta James
Pros: Excellent theatrical and musical performances by all involved.     Cons: Not enough time to tell the story.     The Bottom Line: Cadillac Records was just …
reviewed Ready (Trey Songz album). December 24, 2009
trey songs
Except for his shirt of course. Trey is unwavering to make his mark as one of the best R&B singers in the game for the time being. The album isn’t bad at all and I reviewed what I felt …
reviewed Rated R (Rihanna album). December 24, 2009
   She's in a murderous mood for sure, which is why at a certain point I began referencing the artist by a new, more fitting nickname: "Rihannoir."  Lyrically, Rihanna has all …
reviewed Graffiti (Chris Brown album). December 24, 2009
Graffiti (Chris Brown album)
   I was hoping not to like this album but unfortunately I do even though I feel he made the wrong decision when trying to go the Rihanna route about addressing the issues between them two. …
reviewed Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit (1950). November 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit (1950)
Billie Holiday's singing had nothing like the velvet beauty of Sarah Vaughan's or the rhythmic agility of Ella Fitzgerald's, and yet she was (IMHO) the greatest jazz/blues singer ever. Her phrasing and …
reviewed Boyz II Men: Motown: A Journey Throug.... November 19, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Boyz II Men Motown A Journey Through Hitsville
Once upon a time four talented young students at Philadelphia's High School of Creative and Performing Arts formed an R & B vocal quartet. Before long Michael, Nathan, Wanya and Shawn would come to …
reviewed Rihanna. November 10, 2009
posted in Love Notes
 Last week I watched Rihanna's interview on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer.  As predicted, she came out and spoke openly about the incident with Chris Brown back  in February. I was surprised …
reviewed It's Time. October 13, 2009
posted in Music Matters
It's Time
Pros: Bublé has a nice voice, "Home" is a great song...     Cons: ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...Oh, sorry, I was supposed to be reviewing, right?     …
reviewed The Doobie Brothers. September 25, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Doobie Brothers
While I am not a particularly big fan of the music of the 1970's one group that stood head and shoulders above the rest was the Doobie Brothers.  Led by vocalist Tom Johnston, this group successfully …
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