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What’s the Best Way to Make Music?
I’m rather opinionated about music. Folks know this. And while all that frustration criticism comes through loud and clear when I write or tweet, I’m definitely not as good at communicating that I understand and respect how profoundly difficult making … Continue reading
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Best Songs of 2012 (10-1)
Here are the songs that I think are the finest that I had the opportunity to hear in 2012. If you want to see the other 10, go here.
Posted in Best of 2012, Music Tagged 80s synth pop, ABC, Austin Brown, Avant, Billy Ocean, blues, Brandy, Channel Orange, duet, Euro dance pop, Frank Ocean, jackson 5, Keke Wyatt, lina, Lina Loi, Nas, new wave, Pyramids, R. Kelly, R&B, Rahsaan Patterson, solange, soulman, Sy Smith, The Don, torch song, True, Two Eleven, Usher 17 Comments
Brandy the Maddening Cipher: Reviewing ‘Two Eleven’
I wrote this about my hopes for Brandy’s new album when she was in the early stages of promoting it: The question … is really about whether or not Brandy has a clear sense of what it means to age … Continue reading
Posted in Music Tagged 90s music, Aaliyah, Afrodisiac, album review, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Full Moon, Human, Monica, music review, Never Say Never, R&B music, Two Eleven, Usher, Wanya Morris 7 Comments
Flashback: Black Men United, ‘U Will Know’
My thoughts on Black Men United’s “U Will Know.”
Posted in Hot Videos, Music Tagged Aaron Hall, After 7, Al B. Sure!, black men, Black Men United, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Christopher Williams, couplet, D'Angelo, Damion Hall, DRS, Dwayne Wiggins, El DeBarge, Gerald Levert, H-Town, Intro, Jason's Lyric, Joe, Keith Sweat, Lenny Kravitz, Lil' Joe, Portrait, R. Kelly, Raphael Saadiq, Silk, Sovory, Stokley, Tevin Campbell, Tony Toni Toné, U Will Know, Usher, vulnerability Leave a comment
Best Songs of 2011
My thoughts on the 10 best songs of 2011.
Posted in Best of 2011, Music Tagged 4, 70s soul, Anwar Robinson, Aston Merrygold, best songs of 2011, Beyonce, black synth pop, Bleuphoria, Cali Swag District, Dougie, EPMD, Fatback, Feel Inside, Frank Ocean, Ginuwine, Havoc, hip hop soul, Insomnia, Jay-Z, Jazmine Sullivan, JB Gill, Jean Grae, JLS, Johnny Gill, Kelly Rowland, Kevin Michael, Kickback, Lalah Hathaway, Last Offence, LastO, Marvin Humes, Mary J. Blige, Mint Condition, Mobb Deep, Motivation, Mountain Top, Nas, Naughty By Nature, O'Dell, Oritse, Prodigy, Rahsaan Patterson, Rick James, Salaam Remi, soul, Spray, Stay, Stern Savage, Stokely, Talib Kweli, Teedra Moses, The Deel, They, Trey Songz, Triumph, Tyrese, Uh Oh, Usher, Van Hunt, Wu-Tang Clan Leave a comment