Category: Soul/R&B

Alicia Keys – As I Am

Alicia Keys – As I Am       As I Am is the third studio album by American recording artist Alicia Keys. It was released in the United States on November 13, 2007 by J Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording studios during 2005 to 2007. Production was handled […]

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Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?

Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?       Who Can You Trust? is the first album by the band Morcheeba. It was released in 1996 on China Records. Stylistically, the album is by far the band’s most trip hop oriented release, consisting of languid, looping grooves, using mostly Rhodes piano, electric guitar and scratching. […]

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Warren G – Regulate…G Funk Era

Warren G – Regulate…G Funk Era       Jason Birchmeier: ‘Anchored by the laid-back G-funk anthem “Regulate,” Warren G’s appropriately titled Regulate…G Funk Era embodies the mid-’90s era of Cali sunshine, endless blunts, and switch-hittin’ lowriders with a welcome and somewhat surprising sense of kind-heartedness. Unlike most of his West Coast G-funk peers, Warren […]

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Natalie Cole – Inseparable

Natalie Cole – Inseparable       Alex Henderson: ‘When Natalie Cole’s debut album, Inseparable, came out in 1975, many fans of her late father hoped that she would follow his lead and embrace jazz and pre-rock pop. But Inseparable doesn’t sound anything like a Nat “King” Cole session, and it wasn’t until 1991’s Unforgettable […]

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Adele – 21

Adele – 21 Amazon : 21 is the eagerly awaited sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. It’s the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning debut album 19 (both named after her age at the time the songs were written). Recorded in Malibu and London, 21 offered Adele the opportunity to work with […]

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Michael McDonald – Motown

Michael McDonald – Motown Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Michael McDonald never disguises what his seventh solo album is: the title Motown makes it clear that this 2003 effort is a tribute to the glory days of Berry Gordy’s Detroit empire. McDonald never strays too far from that thesis, occasionally dipping into the late ’70s for material […]

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Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on May 23, 2000, by Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment and his newly founded label, Shady Records in the United States, and on September 11, 2000, by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom. The […]

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James Brown – Sex Machine

      Sex Machine is a 1970 double album by James Brown. It showcases the playing of the original J.B.’s lineup featuring Bootsy and Catfish Collins,[10] and includes an 11-minute rendering of the album’s title song, different from the original recording of the title song which was released as a two-part single in 1970. […]

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Barry White Collection

      Barry White (born Barry Eugene Carter; September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White’s greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, […]

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John Newman – Tribute

John Newman – Tribute AMG Review: Singer, songwriter, and producer John Newman broke through with lead vocals on two 2012 U.K. hits by Rudimental. He presented himself as a soul-inspired shouter wise beyond his years. The following May, he released his debut solo single, “Love Me Again” — cathartic, bulky, modern soul outfitted with the […]

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Young-Holt Unlimited – Plays Super Fly

Young-Holt Unlimited – Plays Super Fly AMG Review: The final Young-Holt Unlimited album captures their seamless transition into a new era of Chicago soul heralded by Curtis Mayfield’s landmark Superfly score. A skilled and deeply funky interpretation of the emerging blaxploitation sound that sacrifices none of the group’s signature groove, Plays Super Fly is the […]

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Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Drake – Nothing Was The Same      Tim Sendra: ‘After an EP and two albums that firmly established his moody, introspective style and made him a huge star, Drake’s third album, Nothing Was the Same, isn’t a huge departure but it does take some steps in new directions. Built around sped-up samples and Wu-Tang-inspired, […]

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Otis Redding – The Very Best Of Otis Redding

Otis Redding – The Very Best Of Otis Redding Bruce Eder: ‘The Very Best of Otis Redding wasn’t the first Otis Redding compilation but it is the best of the single-disc collections, distilling the high points across his career (up thru the posthumous hits “(Sitting’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and the heartbreaking “I’ve […]

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Seal – Soul

      John Bush: ‘ Although he worked in funk and blues bands early in his career, Seal is by no means a classic soul singer. He’s been virtually everything else, starting with house music in his native London, and later turning to various flavors of adult contemporary and pop music. But the power and […]

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Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love AMG Review: Caustic Love is the first album of new material from multi-platinum singer and songwriter Paolo Nutini since 2009’s Sunny Side Up. On that album, the whiskey-voiced Scot explored retro-soul and R&B piecemeal, weaving them into his pop palette. In the interim, the 27-year-old has been soaking up the […]

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FatBoy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

FatBoy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 19 October 1998 by Skint Records. And that record itself was something of a surprise, since it not only exceeded the expectations set by the debut, […]

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Mariah Carey – Music Box

Mariah Carey – Music Box AMG Review: Mariah Carey has been stung by critical charges that she’s all vocal bombast and no subtlety, soul, or shading. Her solution was to make an album in which her celebrated octave-leaping voice would be downplayed and she could demonstrate her ability to sing softly and coolly. Well, she was […]

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Pharrell Williams – GIRL

Pharrell Williams – GIRL AMG Review: At some point between In My Mind and this album, tracking Pharrell’s accomplishments became more difficult than ever. His 2013 alone must be considered historic. That February, he accepted a Grammy for his role in Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. March brought the release of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” a Pharrell […]

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Pharrell – In My Mind

Pharrell – In My Mind AMG Review: The idea of an all-Pharrell album is natural and unnatural in roughly equal measure. Half of the extremely successful Neptunes production team, as well as a collaborator who has been deployed for countless guest verses and vocal hooks, Pharrell has been a regular presence on radio stations and […]

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InI – Center of Attention

InI – Center of Attention InI was a hip hop group composed of Rob-O, Grap Luva, I Love H.I.M., Marco Polo (not to be confused with the Canadian producer Marco Polo), now known as Jolomite, and DJ Boodakhan. The group started working on their debut album together with producer Pete Rock in the mid-90s, and […]

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