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5 comments | Sunday, July 15, 2007

Alright kids! I don't usually do music reviews because much of what the music industry throws at us is garbage and if you're not Janet then I'm usually not impressed. I've played Rhianna's "Umbrella" and T-Pain's" Buy You A Drank" so many times over the past couple of months that I'm actually finally sick of them and I'm ready to move on.

My new music addictions are Ms. Kelly by Kelly Rowland, Between Friends by Tamia, and The Daily News by Donnie, let's start with Kelly first.

After waiting for a year for this album to be released it's finally here and it's on heavy rotation on my iPod. I have to say I'm in love with this album and the beautiful Kelly Rowland. I hate to compare her album to Beyonce's because everyone is doing that, but it's not Dangerously in Love or B'day( and thank God it's not B'day!) but it's still a slammin album! Here are my favorite tracks in order:

1) Love (co-written by Solange? and she sings her face off!!!)
2)Like This(duet with Eve...fire!)
3)Work (hot club track with a latin feel)
4)Ghetto(duet with Snoop Dogg...potential next single)
5)Still in Love with my Ex (you get all the T on her breakup)
6)All of the other tracks

Now let's talk about the underdog, the forgotten one, the talented Tamia. It's a damn shame her album was released late last year and I don't remember hearing any buzz about it at all. I actually just discovered the album a couple of weeks ago when a friend introduced it to me. Tamia has such a beautiful voice and the material on this album is top notch. This is an album you can play straight through. Rodney Jerkins is a producer on this project and provides his usual hot beats that actually compliment Tamia's voice rather than overpower it. My favorite tracks:


But "Too Grown For That" and "ME" are constantly on repeat on my iPod. People are sleeping on this album and thy need to wake up and get into Tamia. No, she doesn't give you a fierce dance number but the girl has some real chops.

Now on to Donnie. The man is cute, vocally gifted, and his lyrical content is socially and politically infused. And did I forget to mention he's an openly gay entertainer? Even if his music wasn't hot I'd probably buy his album just to support him for having the courage to be honest in an industry filled with closet cases. But this album is neo-soul at it's best. The sad thing is that this isn't Donnie's first album. He released The Colored Section a few years ago and it wasn't on my radar. But now that we've met I can't live without him. My favorite tracks are:

1) If I Were You (such a feel good song)
2)911 Emergency (the man says the word homophobia in a song...wow)
3) All of the other tracks...seriously

Finally, I would be listening to Mya if she ever decided to release her new album "Liberation" that's been pushed back at least ten times! Damn is Beyonce the only singer that gets to release an album on time nowadays? Mya worked me over in 2003 with Moodring so can I please get Liberation?


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have Kelly's and Tamia's album and for sure, they are both GREAT albums.

The song "ME" by Tamia is a classic! Kelly's first album was good, so I had to get this one. It is more poppish, but still the quality is there. I just wish she would sing just as good on the album live.

July 16, 2007 10:00 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Yes Tamia album is the truth, God I hate on people sleeps on her. And Mya she's my #1 gurl but those damn ppl at Motown don't seem like they are behind her but I think that's gone change. Since her 2nd single Ridin is doin great on radio and she performed yesterday at the WNBA All Star game and it was hott. Kelly Rowland I wonder why are ppl saying this album is bad, it's a great solid r&b album to me.

July 16, 2007 5:08 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I went to Donnie's release party, but the music didn't grab me like the first cd. I have Tamia and I love it! Kelly cd I don't have. I refused to pay full price for it. I'm a big fan, but she still doesn't sing to the best of her ability to me.

July 16, 2007 9:27 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I didn't know Donnie McClurkin came out with a new album...

July 17, 2007 2:02 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I was thinking about getting Kelly's album, but I'll probably get Fall Out Boy's or Killswitch Engage's new album. Dang, doesn't anybody else listen to hard rock on this blog, lol!

July 18, 2007 1:24 AM


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