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Album Review: Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com Let’s just be honest: There is no way Janet Jackson’s comeback album can reach our absurdly high expectations. I mean, ol’ Damita Jo would have to build a time machine, get her Poetic Justice…

Album Review: Teedra Moses “Cognac & Conversation”

Teedra Moses’ debut album “Complex Simplicity”. Some have heard it and fell in love with it, but for the most part it’s become an unheralded r&b gem through the years. However, it’s an album that has sustained the career of…

Album Review: Bilal “In Another Life”

Album Review By: Tara Scudder Bilal’s new release, ‘In Another Life’ takes the listener on a journey through a conscious, impassioned labyrinth. The choice to have the album produced entirely by Adrian Younge affords a consistent gritty sonic feel throughout…

Album Review: Miguel, Wildheart

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com Of all the tracks on Wildheart, Miguel’s much-anticipated third album, it’s the seventh song, “what’s normal anyway” that best captures the spirit of the set: “Too proper for the black kids/too black for the Mexicans/too…

Mini Album Review: Lyfe Jennings, Tree of Lyfe

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com AYE YO YOU… …um, that’s a pretty freaky looking album cover you’ve got going on there, Lyfe. It looks like the Human Centipede auditioning for Alvin Ailey. But it’s really no surprise when you think about it….

Album Review: Elijah Blake, Shadows & Diamonds

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com It seems a bit weird to call Elijah Blake a rookie — he’s been releasing music for at least three or four years now. But still, his name often goes unnoticed. While his name might…

Album Review: Tamia, Love Life

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com 1998 was a very good year. Now that I think about it, it may have been one of our best years. Those 12 months introduced the world to some phenomenal R&B, with of course the…

Going Against the Grain, BriaMarie Scores a Victory for Ethical Music on Debut Album “Freshman”

When we were introduced to BriaMarie a few years back, we had a feeling we were meeting someone special. After all, she was being presented by Carvin Haggins, who along with his production partner Ivan Barias, have had a huge…

Album Review: Case, Heaven’s Door

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com Before we begin, ask yourself this: What are the ingredients of a successful album? Now if the first thing that came to mind was “get a hot feature from a rapper,” go sit in the…

Album Review: Raheem DeVaughn, “Love, Sex & Passion”

Words by Edward T. Bowser, SoulInStereo.com Here’s a PSA from your favorite music writer – Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. Fellas, step your games up. And ladies, you aren’t off the hook either – brothers deserve some love as well. If…