gotta better myself, my body, my skin and my bank account
As always, I’ll post the complete list before we bring in the new year.
Ambrose Akinmusire - The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint // He’s a storyteller on the trumpet.
Chris Brown - X // There’s a little bit of everything on here, which is great but minus R. Kelly.
FKA Twigs - Lp1 // A hypnotic sensual album. Her vocals are delicate and intriguing. When it’s paired with the synth-heavy production, you get magic.
Gorgon City - Sirens // Intoxicating. Everybody needs a little house music in their life. But good ass house music. This here is it.
Hozier - Hozier // He sounds like a seasoned artist and he’s only 24. Wowzers. The lyrics, production, main vocals, and those lovely hints of harmonies fluttering in the backgrounds are all phenomenal.
Ibeyi - Oya // French-Cuban twins who sing in English and recite religious chants in Yoruba with lyrics heavily inspired by their AfroCuban heritage. Did I mention that they’re also multi-instrumentalists? There’s certainly no one out that’s like them. The only con: There’s only 4 tracks (2 originals, 1 a cappella, 1 remix) since it’s an EP.
Jessie Ware - Tough Love // Every record she makes sounds like it can be a single. That’s talent. In usual Jessie fashion, her silky vocals are laid over stadium-like reverb and 80s-inspired productions with synths and all that good stuff on this album.
Keke Wyatt - KeKe // It looks like her team is doing some much needed experimenting. This powerhouse singer’s previous projects were great, but the productions made her sound dated and pigeonholed her in the adult contemporary r&b category. She’s too young for that. This project is a blend of her old sound with a modern vibe for her dedicated fans and her new approach to hip-hop productions to reel in new fans. This is the direction she needs to go for her next album.
Kelis - Food // After hearing her amazing album, Flesh Tone, I thought she would continue on the that route. [shakes head] When it comes to Kelis expect the unexpected. She’s eclectic!
Kimbra - The Golden Echo // Why is she so good? No, seriously.
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband // Ear-pleasing and catchy…as usual.
Luke James - Luke James // I don’t love it or hate it. I just expected more. This album has little more of a hip-hop feel than his mixtapes, which I feel were brilliant. HIs voice is so sick and this project doesn’t truly do him justice. It’s a good debut album nonetheless.
Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse // I still don’t get why the buzz on this album never reached the level it should have reached. But then again there were so many album pushbacks that the anticipation most likely died down. It’s unfortunate.
Prince - Art Official Age // It’s Prince.
Prince & 3rdeyegirl - PLECTRUMELECTRUM // Again, it’s Prince.
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour // His voice is so crisp and unforgettable. An amazing debut.
Tank - Stronger // It’s impossible to not dance to the first half of this album. The second half is filled with some nice chill joints.
Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce // A conceptual album. If you left this on repeat like I did, they kept being in love and getting divorce over and over again.
Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds // A new pop artist with a cool voice who sings some catchy tunes and curses? I dig it.
I cosigning and add “white women” by Chromeo