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Sad Face. Monica’s Album “New Life” Lacks Life.

Posted April 22, 2012 by Michael Starkey

The album’s underwhelming sound drowns out her lovely voice, burying her vocals under layers of generic R&B production.

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Esperanza Spalding’s New Album: Beautiful. Will It Get Radio Play?

Posted March 20, 2012 by Michael Starkey

Radio Music Society seems to be Spalding’s attempt to bring jazz music back to the people. I like it. But I’m not so sure it’s headed for radio.

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Estelle’s New Album “All of Me” Is Good, But …

Posted March 1, 2012 by Kimberly Denise Williams

All of Me is a modern tribute to the ladies who pioneered hip-hop soul, and the influence of Estelle’s predecessors is readily apparent. But the Caribbean vibe she perfected in her last album is missing.

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Jerome Benton and Morris Day, The Original 7ven (formerly the Time) Photo by Picture Group, Courtesy of BET Networks
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Trouble in Paisley Park

Posted December 30, 2011 by Michael Starkey

Prince is widely regarded as a defender of artists’ rights. But the artists whose careers he helped build are finding out that when it comes to something as simple as their names, in Paisley Park, they have few rights at all.

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Gloria Euphoria Album Cover

Music Review: “Gloria Euphoria” by NAzz The Hitmaker

Posted August 29, 2011 by Michael Starkey

Gloria Euphoria modernizes the ’80s music style of Prince, Zapp & Roger, and Klymaxx, by adding a small dash of today’s electronica, creating a fun, fresh feeling.

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