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Album Reviews

Comet, Come To Me

Artist MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Label Naïve
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By Charles Waring | 09 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
After a decade-long tenure with Madonna's Warner-owned Maverick imprint - where she endured a strained relationship with the company and once described herself as an 'indentured servant' - Ndegeocello had several short stints at small labels before landing at French indie, Naïve, in 2011. There, the bass-wielding singer-songwriter has really… Continue>

Tudo

Artist BEBEL GILBERTO
Label Portrait
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By Charles Waring | 09 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
It's hard to believe that fourteen years have elapsed since this New York-born chanteuse seduced listeners with 'Tanto Tempo,' her groundbreaking debut album for the Belgian Ziriguiboom label, which witnessed her pioneering electro bossa nova. The daughter of legendary Brazilian musician Joao Gilberto and singer Miucha, Bebel, now 48, releases… Continue>

Issues Of Life

Artist Gregory Porter
Label Membran
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By Charles Waring | 15 September 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Subtitled 'Features And Remixes,' this 12-track retrospective collects together an assortment of odds and sods that the Grammy-winning US soul-jazz sensation recorded as a guest artist in the two or three years prior to his breakthrough album 'Liquid Spirit.' On one level, 'Issues of Life' could be perceived as a… Continue>

LP 1

Artist F.K.A. TWIGS
Label Young Turks
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By Charles Waring | 15 September 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Not so long ago, Tahlia Barnett was working as a dancer and appeared in videos by Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Taio Cruz. Last year, however, she reinvented herself as a singer/songwriter going under the rather curious name of FKA Twigs and released a couple of EPs. Now, the 26-year-old… Continue>

Kanye West: Superstar (Book)

Artist Byron Crawford
Label Amazon/ iTunes
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By Andrew Kay | 20 August 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Depending on whose orbit Byron Crawford finds himself in, he’s either the scourge or sage of the internet blogsphere where hip-hop is concerned. Setting his sights on a clown like Kanye might be too much of an easy target, but to Byron’s credit, he doesn’t take easy pot-shots; instead, he… Continue>

Nile Rodgers Presents Disco Inferno

Artist Various
Label Warner TV
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By Charles Waring | 18 July 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in the limelight again following his stellar cameo alongside the hottest hat-sporting R&B man in town, Pharrell Williams - on Daft Punk’s massive selling ‘Random Access Memories’ album - Chic’s co-founder Nile Rodgers has put his name to this 3-CD collection of magical mirrorball moments. Continue>

Raw

Artist Aaron Paul
Label AP Music & Productions
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By Felix Mensah | 01 July 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
RAW is the somewhat belated debut album from the London born but New York based recording artist Aaron Paul who some eagle eyed music buffs will recall as one fifth of the boy band Worlds Apart who enjoyed a quartet of UK top 30 hits in the mid ‘90s. Continue>

Timing Is Everything

Artist Kid Vishis
Label Seven 13 Entertainment
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By Andrew Kay | 20 June 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Royce da 5’9 repped for Detroit as a long-term associate of Eminem, D-12 and also ghost writing for Dr. Dre, amongst others. So, this being Kid Vishis’ debut album, helped, in no small part by being Royce’s kid brother, the question remains: is he a credible chip off the old… Continue>

Love, Marriage & Divorce

Artist TONI BRAXTON & BABYFACE
Label Motown
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By Charles Waring | 12 March 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
One of the pre-eminent R&B writers and producers of the last twenty-five years, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds boasts a CV that is second to none: not only has he grabbed ten Grammy awards but he also has a star on Hollywood's prestigious Walk of Fame and has worked with everyone from… Continue>

Pieces Of A Man 

Artist GIL SCOTT-HERON
Label BGP
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By Charles Waring | 12 March 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Twenty-one-year-old Gil Scott-Heron was already a published novelist when he signed to jazz producer Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label in 1970. This was his second album, released a year later, and it immediately cemented Scott-Heron's status as an astute and eloquent commentator of American life at a time when the… Continue>
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