CD Reviews

Check Out Our Review Of Pusha T's Latest Album

12/28/2015 8:49am EST
Pusha T Remains Gritty On 'King Push'
Pusha T – formerly one-half of Virginian rap duo The Clipse – is one of the toughest rappers in the game. Gritty and unapologetic, Pusha T spits nothing but ether and ‘tells it like it is.’ On his latest album, the lengthily titled King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, Pusha T flexes, showcasing the utmost consistency and yielding another fantastic LP.

The heat starts on the “Intro” with its pounding drums and devilish production. Call it like it is – Push T spits straight bars; all fire. He’s definitely untouchable on “Untouchable,” featuring a hook courtesy of the late, great ...

Checkout Our Thoughts On Monica’s 'Code Red'

12/22/2015 7:45pm EST
Monica’s Voice Sounds As Remarkable As Ever On 'Code Red'
It seems like it has been ages since Monica and Brandy proclaimed, “The Boy Is Mine.” Actually, it’s been nearly 18 years! Monica has had hits and successful albums since then – notably After The Storm (2003) and Still Standing (2010) – but Monica’s previous album New Life failed to sell very well. Why? That’s the plight of an R&B artist, particularly one that’s not at the forefront at a given time.

After a three-year hiatus, Mo returns with Code Red, hoping to reinvigorate her career. Over its course, Monica sounds terrific vocally, though that’s never been an issue. The question becomes,...

You Might Want To Skip Chris Brown’s Latest Album

12/21/2015 11:26am EST
Chris Brown Is So-So At Best On 'Royalty'
Hmm…it’s difficult to find the right words to describe Chris Brown. Musically he seems to be stuck thematically on sex, cockiness, and hedonism. While sex fuels much of R&B, Brown’s cocky and hedonistic approach – particularly albums beginning with F.A.M.E. – often take away from his music. This was the case on Fortune and is the case on his seventh solo album, Royalty. So-so at best, Royalty shows it’s time for Brown to shake up the formula.

Perhaps the worst thing about Royalty is the fact that the cover art shows Brown holding his baby girl Royalty, yet the album fails to reflect such ...

Review: Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘Alone in the Universe'

12/17/2015 2:50pm EST
Jeff Lynne's ELO album cover
It’s been nearly 15 years since we last heard from the rock legend and frontman behind ELO. Well now the long wait is over and Jeff Lynne's ELO fans can now rejoice that Jeff’s new album, ‘Alone in the Universe’ has hit the market on Apple Music and various retail outlets everywhere. The album was released on November 13 and it’s been heavily promoted on national late night television, including an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' performing two songs, his new single, 'When I Was a Boy' and the classic ELO tune, 'Evil Woman.' The album is doing extremely well on the charts in the US and a...

We Think You'll Enjoy August Alsina's Latest 'This Thing Called Life'

12/17/2015 10:32am EST
August Alsina Maintains His Grit On 'This Thing Called Life'
“Started off in the streets / we could take collection from the fiends / people dying all around me / so I gave you my testimony.” Wow, heavy is the only way to describe the aforementioned lyrics, excerpted from “Benediction,” a highlight from contemporary R&B artist August Alsina’s excellent 2014 debut album, Testimony. After winning critics and fans alike, Alsina returns with his sophomore album, This Thing Called Life, yet another gritty, heart-wrenching album.

Following the intro, This Thing Called Life kicks off with the authentic, emotional standout “Job” featuring a soulful Antho...

See How We Rated R. Kelly’s New Album, 'The Buffet'

12/14/2015 11:16am EST
5 Takeaways From R. Kelly’s 'The Buffet'
When the name R. Kelly is mentioned, any numerous things come to mind, good or bad. We won’t spend the time discussing such, but we will discuss Kelly’s latest album, The Buffet. After delivering the sex-fueled Black Panties back in 2013, is Kelly up to his old tricks again? OF COURSE HE IS, what did you expect? After listening to The Buffet, here are five takeaways!

1) He wrote hundreds of songs for the album.

R. Kelly has had quite an illustrious career – The Buffet is his 13th solo album and 16th studio album overall – so it’s no surprise that he wrote lots of songs for an album. Th...

Review: G-Eazy Has Crafted A Very Compelling Album

12/10/2015 11:48am EST
7 Takeaways From G-Eazy’s 'When It’s Dark Out'   
The come up is epic…definitely in rap circles. For Bay Area standout G-Eazy, he's experienced a bump in profile since dropping his official debut album These Things Happen in 2014. On album number two, When It’s Dark Out, Eazy takes another step forward. What better way than to jump into When It’s Dark Out by dissection through takeaways? Here goes nothing!

1) Confidence is G-Eazy’s middle name.

To call G-Eazy humble would be a dramatic overstatement. Perhaps he is, personally speaking, but his music doesn’t convey that sentiment. On “Random” he elevates himself on the pedestal as a sex...

Is Coldplay's ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ Worthwhile?

12/9/2015 11:10am EST
Coldplay's 'A Head Full of Dreams' Has Its Worthwhile Moments
One of the more confounding bands recently in their career is Coldplay. Like any number of bands that have been around for more than a decade, Coldplay has constantly tweaked their style – some folks would characterize the tweaks as conformity. Maybe that’s true as the quartet’s recent efforts starkly contrast A Rush of Blood To The Head and even Viva La Vida. For those hoping the British collective’s latest A Head Full of Dreams would return them to their ‘glory days,’ they’ll be disappointed as the latest album continues drenched in pop.

Is A Head Full Of Dreams worthwhile? Depends on wh...

Find Out Why We Gave Rick Ross 4 Stars For 'Black Market'

12/7/2015 9:48am EST
Rick Ross Shows Grit And Consistency On 'Black Market'
In 2014, Floridian rapper Rick Ross had the most prolific year in his career, dropping two studio albums – Mastermind and Hood Billionaire. You’d think Ross would slow down, but that’s not the case as he drops his eighth studio album just a year later, Black Market. Is there any drop off after releasing so many albums in such a short amount of time? No. In fact, Black Market edges Hood Billionaire, which possessed many pros, but wasn’t the crowning achievement of Ross’ career.

“Free Enterprise” kicks off Black Market fittingly given its title as well as its overall sound. “Free Enterprise”...

Check Out Our Review Of Andy Grammer’s 'Magazines Or Novels'

12/2/2015 12:06pm EST
Andy Grammer Shows Versatility On 'Magazines Or Novels'
Ah, to be among the overlooked, struggling to find footing. That’s the plight of Andy Grammer, who has had to work for everything in his career. Luckily for Grammer, his breakthrough came by way of hit single “Honey, I’m Good.” off sophomore album, Magazines Or Novels. To celebrate his newfound success and further elevate his profile, Grammer issues a deluxe version of Magazines Or Novels. For many, it represents the first look into a gifted, versatile pop artist.

“Honey, I’m Good.” has undoubtedly been the song that elevated Grammer’s profile in pop circles. Sure, he made some noise wit...

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