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Album Reviews

Black Sheep at the flicks, Summer edition

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By Andrew Kay | 08 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Mark Kermode?  Barry Norman?  Mark Cousins?  Never heard of 'em. There's only one film critic worth his popcorn. Black Sheep Mag's Andrew Kay gives his latest round-up of the best, worst and otherwise in current movies. Continue>

Magna Carta Holy Grail

Artist Jay-Z
Label Virgin/ EMI
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By Andrew kay | 05 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
For an album that purported to change the game of how music is offered to an audience, the Samsung phone download deal on Jay-Z’s latest offering was beset with problems. The gremlins were in the works, with plenty of disappointed Jay-Z fans unable to hear the album on its midnight… Continue>

Too

Artist S.O.S. BAND
Label Tabu
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By Charles Waring | 04 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Compared with the impact that their 1980 debut album, 'S.O.S.', achieved in the States - which was propelled to chart glory on the back of their #1 R&B smash, 'Take Your Time (Do It Right') - this, their disappointing second album, proved that it wasn't going to be all plain… Continue>

Between Friends

Artist RHONDA CLARK
Label Tabu
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By Charles Waring | 04 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Although three main acts dominated the roster at Clarence Avant's Tabu label in the '80s - namely Alexander O'Neal, the S.O.S. Band and Cherrelle - the company was also home to a few other acts, though none of them quite made the impact that the mighty three did. A case… Continue>

Something New To Do – 'The Phillip Mitchell Songbook’  

Artist VARIOUS
Label Kent
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By Charles Waring | 04 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Kentucky-born Prince Phillip Mitchell is undoubtedly one of soul music's unsung heroes. Though his career as an artist has been characterised by several fits and starts (but includes some great records that weren't appreciated at the time, such as the two albums he recorded for Atlantic at the end of… Continue>

'Music On My Mind’/ ‘Life, Love & Harmony'

Artist NANCY WILSON
Label Soul Music Records
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By Charles Waring | 04 July 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Discovered by jazz saxophonist, Cannonball Adderley, Ohio-born Nancy Wilson signed to Capitol Records in 1959 and stayed with the company for twenty, mostly productive, years - during that time she established herself as one of the most distinctive and accomplished voices in black American music and her name became synonymous… Continue>

Up All Night

Artist Nile Rodgers Presents The Chic Organisation
Label Rhino
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By Charles Waring | 22 June 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The old adage ‘what goes around comes around’ certainly rings true for Nile Rodgers and Chic. Cruelly discarded by the public when disco had passed its sell-by-date in 1980 - though they continued to make good music up until the mid-‘80s - the band’s stock is on the up again… Continue>

Hearsay

Artist Alexander O'Neal
Label Tabu
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By Charles Waring | 17 June 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
This was the album that made velvet-voiced Mississippi soul man, Alexander O’Neal, a household name in the UK.  His self-titled debut LP for Tabu two years earlier in 1985 was an impressive opus – and included O’Neal’s signature tune, the sensual groove ballad, ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ – but… Continue>

High Priority

Artist Cherelle
Label Tabu
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By Charles Waring | 17 June 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The photogenic L.A.-born chanteuse Cherrelle Norton never achieved the solo success of her duet partner, Alexander O’Neal, but she was nevertheless a unique addition to the roster at Clarence Avant’s Tabu company when she joined the label in 1983. ‘Fragile’ – reissued last month – was an ear-catching debut and… Continue>

Yeezus

Artist Kanye West
Label Def Jam
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By Andrew Kay | 17 June 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
For a multi-millionaire whose trophy girlfriend is having their child, Kanye is sure upset on his latest album - a dark, aggressive musical hotchpotch of droning electro, stripped-down drum beats, bombastic rock riffs and musical samples that bounce off the sound-proof booth padded white walls, whilst its genius maestro gets… Continue>
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