Reviews (75)

Sunday, 03 November 2013 20:49

"Do What U Want" - Lady Gaga ft R Kelly

There comes a time in one's life when he or she gets to say, "I never thought I'd live to see the day." When I heard that Lady Gaga and R Kelly had done a duet, I thought my time was nigh. But then I realized: this isn't a surprise, this is destiny. Lady Gaga and R Kelly have proven that they march to the beat of their own drummer. So why not let these two talented and freaky folks (and I mean freaky in the kindest sense) sing a song together?

Ultimately, though, the song isn't freaky and doesn't say a lot new. Lady Gaga is giving her body but not her mind. And R Kelly welcomes those terms - in the back of da club. Where they are also taking shots, I think.

It's a forgettably lukewarm affair driven by earnest vocals and weak lyrics.

Meh.

I gave it a listen. Then gave it one more. But the truth is, I'd have to have on my Poker Face to pretend that I really liked this song. 

Saturday, 02 November 2013 18:37

"Breakfast Can Wait" - Prince

Ever since Prince found religion (or religion found him), he has toned down his lyrics and his antics. So there is something amusingly perverse in hearing his falsetto croon, "I'm not trying to make you blush ... breakfast can wait."

Really? Making us blush is what Prince did best for the first twenty years of his career.

In any case, "Breakfast Can Wait" is simply suggestive, and it's wicked fun. When the object of Prince's affection asks if she was loud last night, he replies, "Loud? Yea. Quite."

This is the type of breakfast that deserves a second and third helping. 

Now if only I knew why Dave Chappelle adorned the song cover ... 

Thursday, 31 October 2013 19:36

"Under Control" - Calvin Harris

Anyone who knows me know, knows that I like house music, electronia, down tempo, and the list goes on and on. I also like Calvin Harris. “Bounce,” “Feel So Close” and “Thinking About You” were all great tracks from his album “18 Months.” He's had a miss here or there, most notably his coupling with Florence Welch on “Sweet Nothing.” That song was like fingernails on a chalkboard. While “Under Control” isn't that bad, it isn't quite up to par with … say …. “We Found Love.” It fills more like filller masquerading as a release. But hey! We all have off-days. Or in this case, an off-song. The beat is nice, though ...

Saturday, 26 October 2013 14:34

“Ice cream Everyday” - Amel Larrieux

Back in the late 90's, Amel was dropping R&B dance music with a group named “Groove Theory.” They had a top ten hit and a gold disc but the story goes that Amel wanted to do more adult fare so the duo went their separate ways.

While Amel has never “blown up” on the charts, she has been putting out adult-oriented music over the years and has proven to have vocal chops and writing skills not displayed with Groove Theory. As a matter-of-fact, anyone who knows her song “For Real” (got her some play time on VH1) knows she is a gifted lyricist with an amazing vocal range.

It's been a few years since Amel dropped an album. And while I believe that “Bravebird” will always be my favorite, with songs like “I Do Take,” and “Ur the Shhh” or her latest album - “Ice Cream Everyday” - it's good to have Amel back. And trust me, she's still in quality form.

Friday, 25 October 2013 21:37

“Give it 2 U” - Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke has always been the poor man's Justin Timberlake. Both are shining examples of blue-eyed soul; Robin just hadn't created a formula to reach the top of the charts. That changed this year with “Blurred Lines,” retro-soul at its finest, it topped the charts before finally descending into tedious overplay. Can't blame Robin for that. More plays = more money. He has since released his follow up. It's called “Give it 2 U.” While the disc isn't retro-soul, it is souful. Unfortunately, tt's also not nearly as playful as “Blurred Lines” and 2Chainz (the guest rapper this time) isn't TI.

It's not that I don't like “Give It 2 U.” It's actually not bad. I just wish he had given it to us without the rap. Or maybe he needs to get back to Justin's roadmap. You won't hear Justin partnering with 2Chainz. He got's the “Holy Grail” and Jay-Z in his camp.

The quality of a song can be measured in lots of way – writing, production, vocals. Or sometimes it's just bad rapping that kills it.

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