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Lay It Down
Lay It Down
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reverend Green returns & delivers a Grammy winning album!, 28 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Lay It Down (Audio CD)
Known for classic soul songs soul music such as `I'm So Tired Of Being Alone' and `Let's Stay Together' amongst many, Al Green returns in 2008 with a new album, Lay It Down.

11 songs that sound they were released in 1972, yet have a 2008 sound. Also featured on this CD is Corrine Bailey Rae, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and the impressive horn section, the Daptones, members of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

The opening track the ballad `Lay It Down' with Anthony Hamilton has all the standard Al Green trademark sound with Hamilton providing background vocals, the rest of the album follows this classic pattern with the tracks like `Too Much', `Stay With Me' which features John Legend. Green gets funky on the up-tempo tracks `You've Got The Love I Need', `I'm Wild About You' and `Standing In The Rain'. `Take Your Time' is a fine ballad with Corrine Bailey Rae as an excellent partner for Green.

Credit to the producers of this album James Poyser, Ahmir Thompson of the hip-hop band The Roots who along with Green decide to make this CD reflect Al Green's classic sound for which he is renowned. This is an excellent album.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed effort from Ms Summer, 28 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Crayons (Audio CD)
Donna Summer, known for disco classics such as `I Feel Love' & `Love To Love You Baby' returns to the 2008 music scene with a new release, titled Crayons.

The title of this album sums up the approach of this effort from Ms Summer, a multi-coloured and varied collection of different musical styles that opens up with the dance/pop tracks Stamp Your Feet and Mr. Music. Ziggy Marley (son of Bob) teams up with Donna for the title track with its light pop-reggae sound. The Queen Is Back is a highlight of the album, with Donna clearly stating lyrically she's returned with this big beat sounding track.

Other tracks covering the musical kaleidoscope include the acoustic sound of Sand On My Feet; the Bossa Nova influenced Drivin' Down Brazil, the return of the dance sound with a Latin twist on I'm A Fire, a decent blues sounding effort Slide Over Backwards and the ballad Be Myself Again. Another highlight of the album is Bring Down The Reign with an African rhythmic feel. The euro-dance sound of It's Only Love ends the set.

It's good to see Donna Summer back recording after such a long period and credit is due that the songs are original compositions, however it's attempt to cover various styles of music in my opinion appears to make the album a bit too crowded.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joyful sound, 30 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Joyful (Audio CD)
Born near Cologne, Germany in 1980, her father Nigerian and her mother a Romanian Gypsy, singer/songwriter Ayo meaning joy in the Nigerian language Yoruba) releases an album titled Joyful that reflects her diverse up bringing.

According to her website Ayo grew up listening to artists such as Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley. This album does have a strong reggae feel interwoven with folk, soul, African and European sounds.

With "Down On My Knees", "How Many Times", "It's Supposed To Be Love", "Life Is Real", "Help Is Coming" and "Neva Been" being the standout tracks.

With a pleasant, soft & eclectic voice, Ayo appears to be a voice that we might hear a lot of in the future. For people who like something different.

(NB: The letter "o" in Ayo should have a dot underneath it to show that the word means joy in Yoruba, unfortunately Amazon's system converts this character into a square when previewed, apologies to Ayo).

Funk This
Funk This

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine return by one soul music's greatest singers., 3 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Funk This (Audio CD)
Known for the ladies anthem "I'm Every Woman", the memorable cover of the Prince song "I Feel For You" and being the lead vocalist for 70s funk band Rufus, Yvette Marie Stevens (aka Chaka Khan) releases her new album titled Funk This.

The unique attribute of Ms Khan is her voice, within the world of music it's distinctive & this new CD reiterates this forcefully, an album that at times takes you back to those exciting days when she was with Rufus yet at the same time its production is a very modern sound.

Chaka continues her association with Prince by doing a haunting version of "Sign O The Times" in a way only she can, teams up with modern R&B singer Mary J.Blige on the percussive sounding "Disrespectful". But what carries this set are the remaining tracks such as "Back In The Day", "One For All For Time", "Pack My Bags/You Got The Love", "Hail To The Wrong", "Super Life", the excellent ballad "Angel" and "You Belong To Me" featuring the unique vocal of Michael McDonald.

It's almost ten years since Chaka Khan released any new material, if this album is anything to go by here's hoping we don't have to wait another ten years, a quality album from an outstanding singer.

Junkyard Jewel
Junkyard Jewel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A singer to look out for!, 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Junkyard Jewel (Audio CD)
New York singer-songwriter Maya Azucena releases a fresh & vibrant sounding album titled Junkyard Jewel.

With the majority of songs written in collaboration with the guitarist on the album, Christian Ver Halen, every track on this CD has an uplifting quality that can be (& should be) played again and again.

With a voice that has a classic-soul sounding style, but that is a definite voice for the future. Although every track is impressive, there are notable highlights: "Hallelujah", "Down-Down", "Set You Free", "Warriors", "G-Hetto" and the title track.

A highly impressive acoustic-soul style album from a vocalist with an excellent voice. One of the CDs of 2007.

East Babe
East Babe

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great funky sounds from San Franciso, 26 Jun. 2007
This review is from: East Babe (Audio CD)
Having recently played with Prince's band New Power Generation, San Francisco singer-songwriter Rose Ann Dimalanta (rad) releases her sixth album `East Babe'.

The album has a good live feel, featuring musicians who have played with George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Santana and Tower of Power.

The album starts with the gritty funk sound of `East Babe'. `That Ain't No Way' and `As of Today' continue the solid live feel.

Other songs that stand out are `Baby Girl' with its French bistro sound, the mid-tempo soul of `Before we say goodbye' and `Next to you'. The album ends with an eleven-minute jazz-funk composition called `In Time Win Love'.

A great album from rad, backed up with an excellent band.

Hustle And Flow [DVD]
Hustle And Flow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Terrence Howard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film with an original story line, 4 April 2007
This review is from: Hustle And Flow [DVD] (DVD)
Too often films about the hip-hop/rap world have followed the same story line, well this film takes a different look and delivers it well.

Terence Howard gives a powerful performance as DJay the pimp who's looking to change direction in his life by trying to become a rapper. He's very convincing in the part. The rap performances he delivers are realistic. Anthony Anderson plays his part very well as the producer.

I would recommend this film.

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