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Album Reviews

Blaxploitation - Six Classic Soundtracks’ 

Label Universal/Spectrum
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By Charles Waring | 11 March 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
When Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking black independent movie 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' (with its soundtrack by an early line up of Earth, Wind & Fire) grossed $10,000,000 on its release in 1971, surprised Hollywood movie executives realised that the then largely untapped African-American market could be a lucrative one and… Continue>

A Natural Woman

Artist Various Artists
Label Sony/ Box Music Ltd
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By Felix Mensah | 04 March 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
The sequel to last year’s hit ‘I’m Every Woman is finally here and is doing the business in the compilation album chart. Continue>

It’s Over - 70s Songwriter Demos And Masters

Label Kent/Ace
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By Charles Waring | 06 February 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Sam Dees, a year shy of his 70th birthday, is the undisputed poet laureate of heartbreak southern soul. Though adored by the soul music cognoscenti and Weekender crowds he's not a household name either here or in his native USA but over the years he's provided memorable songs for the… Continue>


Artist Joe
Label Plaid/Takeover
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By Charles Waring | 09 January 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
In the quick-to-forget, here-today-gone-tomorrow world of contemporary US R&B, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joe Thomas has been the exception to the rule, proving that true class can transcend ephemeral fads and fashions and stand the test of time. Indeed, it is twenty-two years since Joe first debuted with the album 'Everything' back… Continue>

Montana (film review)

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By Andrew Kay | 04 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
After the glut of British gangster films that have flooded the market over the last few years, reviewing a new one would bring a natural sense of trepidation and caution. Many of these gangster films have gone straight to DVD, being (relatively) cheap to make and with a ready-built audience… Continue>

A Very Maysa Christmas

Artist MAYSA
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 04 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Endorsed on the album cover my the great Stevie Wonder no less - she used to be his backing vocalist - gorgeous-voiced Maysa Leak conjures her distinctive brand of smooth soul magic on a new collection of Yuletide songs. Helmed by her long-time producer, Chris 'Big Dog' Davis, it contains,… Continue>

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Deluxe Edition

Artist Public Enemy
Label Def Jam
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By Andrew Kay | 02 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
I remember buying ‘Nation of Millions’ in a mall in Florida in August 1988, a world away from the “Armageddon been in effect” that Professor Griff hollers at the opening of the album, a merging of live and recorded intro.  Even then, you were listening to something special, especially resonating… Continue>

Portia Monique

Label Reel People
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By Charles Waring | 14 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
This honey-voiced chanteuse - who was born in Hawaii and lived in Houston, Texas, for several years before settling in Seattle - boasts a CV that includes sessions with R&B producers Rodney Jerkins, Midi Mafia and Kyle West. This, her digital-only debut album, finds her teaming up with Reel People's… Continue>

Scattered Thoughts Of A Poet

Artist Buggs Tha Rocker
Label Monopoli Management Group
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By Andrew Kay | 05 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Buggs Tha Rocka has been quietly paying his rap dues, honing his craft and politicking with the likes of Talib Kweli, opening him, amongst others, on their sell-out tours across North America. Continue>

Rise Sleeping Beauty

Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 24 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Sweet-voiced Lenny Williams was the best singer and front man that Tower Of Power ever had - he graced some of their biggest tunes, including 'What Is Hip' and 'So Very Hard To Go' - though his tenure with the horn-heavy Frisco aggregation was a short one. He joined them… Continue>
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