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Album Reviews

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>

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>
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