Archive for the ‘js’ Category

Joss Stone — Introducing Joss Stone (2007)

April 18, 2007
Joss Stone is a British soul and R&B singer. Her third album, Introducing Joss Stone, is not like her previous two. This album shows off her ability to sing over different rhythms and styles. Introducing… not only features guest appearances from Common and Lauryn Hill, but also is produced by Raphael Saadiq, the former lead singer of early ’90s pop music band Toni, Tone, Tony.

Saadiq brings a lot syncopated rhythms, off-beat drums and catchy loops to the album. This all blends for on awesome pop and soul sound. This forces Joss to sing in different styles; as a result, she’s not able to showcase her voice as much. This is good if you just want to hear some good music, but if you want to hear her strong voice, buy her first two albums.

It is a good album to have for a second date, relaxing with a special friend during open hours; it’s also good if you just like Joss Stone or Raphael Saadiq.

–js

Toby Mac — Portable Sounds (2007)

March 14, 2007
Former DC Talk member Toby Mac is dropping his sixth solo effort. He has been a solo artist since 2001. Toby albums are full of diverse elements and mixes of pop, hip hop, rock and gospel music.

His new album Portable Sound is a real treat. He has added a blend of reggae to the mix, including the pure reggae track “No Signal.” That creates a lot of styles for the ear to hear at once, but it’s mixed just right so it’s not distracting. If you’re worried about his skin color he has soul and rhythm. He is very lyrical, skillful and tasteful with the choice of topics he chooses. This is a good album for most ages.

Toby’s albums have a dominating pop sound, but this album has a darker tone than the rest of his albums. This album has something for everyone and if you are a fan of hip hop it is a must buy. However, be prepared to be slightly disappointed at the length of the album. But trust me, this album still worth the money spent–the message of the album is awesome.

–js

Listen
Website

G-DEP and Loon – Bad Boy (2007)

February 26, 2007
Loon and G-DEP are both artists looking to regain their status in the rap community after a long time forced underground. Both Loon and G-DEP are Harlem natives and former Bad Boy Entertainment artists that gained some success early in their careers. Loon signed with Puff Daddy in 2000 and, after making some featured appearances, left to form his own label in 2004. G-DEP still owes Bad Boy Entertainment four more albums as part of his deal.

The album is below average at best. It has a mixtape quality in the mixing department, and the lyrics are average and sound like every one else in gangster rap. Loon does take time to respond to the beef between him and fellow rappers the Dipset. The production is the best part of Bad Boy; it’s the only part that doesn’t make the album seem like it was made in some basement last week. If you like good beats and reparative gangster rap, this album is for you. If you require depth from the artist and good musical quality then save your money.

–js