So, I kinda forgot this post last week, so I will start with last week's releases...
Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back
I'm not usually a big fan of modern R&B music. I guess, like pop music, I find it to be less focused on quality and more on the image of the performer. However, the first time I heard Sullivan's voice, I loved the way she sounded, even if her songs were somewhat typical of the genre. The powerful raspy voice is still there, and I like the songs I've heard so far even better than on her debut, Fearless.
Chrisette Michele - Let Freedom Reign
Michele is within the same genre as Sullivan, but she caught my eye (or ear) due to the jazz influences on her first album, I Am. I was fairly disappointed that she strayed a bit from that sound on her second album, Epiphany and can only hope that she got back to form with this release, though I do have my doubts. I've read that she raps and, while I certainly love some rap that is out there, I do have my trepidations about this girl rapping.
"I'm a Star"
Simian Mobile Disco - Delicacies
Simian Mobile Disco represents another genre that I don't automatically flock to, Electronic music. The band is back with an even stronger Techno feel and, strangely, from what I've heard, I still like it. I recently posted a video for the song "Sweetbread" from the album, which featured a man butchering some meat. All of the songs on the album are named after foods that the duo has tried while touring, other titles include "Thousand Year Egg," "Aspic" and "Skin Cracker." Seems they had some interesting travels, so I'm hoping the entire album is interesting, too...in a good way, of course.
Duffy - Endlessly
This is one of this week's releases. Duffy released her first album, Rockferry, two years ago. The album had a great retro soul feel that is still present on the new album, though she has incorporated more rock and pop. The success of her first album has meant a number of collaborations on this effort; including song-writing co-responsibilities with Albert Hammond (not the one from The Strokes, but his father, who's also a recording artist) and The Roots.
"Well Well Well"