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Album Reviews

G.I.R.L.

Artist Pharrell Williams
Label RCA
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By Andrew Kay | 07 March 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Pharrell is nothing if a consummate self-publicist. Always schmoozing with a model, getting a selfie at the Golden Globes whilst wearing an audacious hat (that only he could pull off) and managing to look ten years than his 40-something actual age. Continue>

Verbal Swardz E.P

Artist Iron Braydz
Label Unorthostract
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By Andrew Kay | 07 March 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
A crackly, atmospheric cinema sampling intro is a nice way to start this tight-as-a-drum EP from Iron Bradyz, a talented London MC. As with most U.K rappers, Iron has had to make much of his own luck, honed at the wild wild West end of the Bakerloo Line (Harlseden), and… Continue>

Just The Two Of Us

Artist The Thomas Brown Affair
Label Virtual Media Enterprises
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By Felix Mensah | 04 March 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
For fans of traditional AC orientated jazz which though never out of fashion, seems to be making a mainstream comeback via broadcasting mediums like Beeb R2 and numerous jazz or AC based formats which seem to be popping and sprouting here, there and anywhere. Continue>

I'm Every Woman: The Pop Queens Of The 70s

Artist Various
Label Sony/ CMG/ Rhino
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By Felix Mensah | 26 February 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Currently a regular on the compilation charts, is this triple CD 67 tracked set of either solo female artists, all female groups or female fronted/featured bands that hit it big in the 1970s , the perfect ‘counterpart’ sequel to last year’s (mainly) 60s themed ‘Be My Baby’ series. Though it takes… Continue>

I Want To Be With You/I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

Artist Dee Dee Warwick
Label Soul Music Records
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By Charles Waring | 06 February 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
The younger sibling of Dionne Warwick, Delia ‘Dee Dee’ Warwick mostly lived in the shadow of her older sister but as this new reissue reveals the New Jersey-born singer possessed a majestic, deeply soulful voice that in a fairer world should have brought her more success. Not that the chanteuse… Continue>

Coming Back

Artist The Jones Girls
Label Expansion
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By Charles Waring | 31 January 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Though hailing from Detroit, the Jones Girls - sisters Shirley, Brenda and Valorie - with their sleek harmonies became synonymous with the Philly soul sound in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Five albums into their career they dramatically fell off the soul radar. That was in 1984 and they… Continue>

Righteous Fury

Artist Matt Maddox
Label Red Phone/ Seven 13
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By Andrew Kay | 29 January 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
The name Matt Maddox might conjure up white bread prairies and corn fields in America's mid-West,  but Kansas based MC Maddox has an altogether less vanilla. approach to the art of rap. Continue>

Seven

Artist Lisa Stansfield
Label Monkeynatra
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By Charles Waring | 29 January 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since Lancashire lass, Lisa Stansfield - who scored a memorable UK chart topper in 1989 with her soulful dance anthem, ‘All Around The World’ -  last had an album out but now she’s back with the seventh long player of her… Continue>

Come Into Our World

Artist The Emotions
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 29 January 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Chicago’s Hutchinson sisters - aka The Emotions - are best remembered for their big ’77 blockbuster single, ‘The Best Of My Love,’ and of course, for their memorable appearance alongside Earth, Wind & Fire on the immortal mirrorball classic, ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ in 1978. By the time that 1979 had rolled… Continue>

Back Stabbers

Artist The O'Jays
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 27 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The O’Jays had been going for years before they hit the big time with this, their debut LP for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label in 1972. The Ohio vocal trio comprising Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and William Powell scored a US R&B chart topper with this album’s brilliant title… Continue>
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