Ollie Olugooden

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My Life II...The Journey Continues [Act 1] ~ Mary J. Blige
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It is always a challenge facing musicians as they grow older and begin to take on the status of a heritage act: how to stay musically relevant while still retaining credibility?
Mary J Blige, who turned 40 this year, does not have to convince anyone of her talents and her legacy is assured but, after a career spanning 20 years, her later albums have often been a case of diminishing returns and have been serviceable at best.
It is a welcome relief then that "My Life II..." is a wonderfully assured collection of classy RnB pop that can justifiably rank amongst her best work.
"My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)" is touted as a sequel to 1994's… Read more
Immortal [Deluxe Edition] ~ Michael Jackson
Immortal [Deluxe Edition] ~ Michael Jackson
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Like Tupac before him, Michael Jackson is becoming more prolific in death than he was in life.
This is the second album that's been released since his passing in 2009 and, again, there's a distinct feeling of money being exchanged for old rope.
This time round, it's as the soundtrack to Michael Jackson's 'The Immortal Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil.
A similar feat was achieved with The Beatles' "Love album", where George Martin brilliantly re-imagined the group's back catalogue, but producer Kevin Antunes lacks the lightness of touch, hurriedly constructing songs that lurch from one section to another. R. Pearson.

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Ambition ~ Wale
Ambition ~ Wale
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and vibrant., 14 Nov 2011
On the title track of his sophomore release, Washington, D.C. rapper Wale declares that "Ambition is priceless, it's somethin' in your veins".
He's speaking from experience as this varied and vibrant success displays, proving he's hungry to tackle some moody deepness on the title track while, just one cut earlier, "Slight Work" finds him in 2011 party mode, bouncing with fury as a Diplo beat percolates underneath.
"Lotus Flower Bomb" is a laid-back throwback that could mix fine with any given Erykah Badu ballad, while "Illest B****" is the kind of stuff that puts hands up in the air, sounding soulful and all the way live as Wale testifies about the strong women in his life… Read more

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