John Carroll Kirby My Garden Stones Throw John Carroll Kirby is a keyboardist. He’s always made solo records that hover between new age and lite-jazz, a bit of ambient-meets-elevator; some dinner accompaniment or a soundtrack to induce somnolence.
Beyonce Beyonce Sony Beyonce’s self-titled, little fanfare album with matching videos is the best album she’ll ever release. She won’t beat this. She wasn’t – really – an album-artist before this. She was a singles artist, and some mighty fine singles too – right time/right place especially. Insatiably danceable and hooky, and I say that […]
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady Bad Boy/Warners The Electric Lady is Janelle Monae’s second official album release – and her third release given her debut was a seven-track EP/mini-album, it’s also known as the fourth and fifth suites of her seven-part future-symphony that will link the four releases (when the closing chapters are released on […]
Janelle Monae, Metropolis: The Chase Suite (2007) Long before this clip wowed people (and introduced this album) there was this concept EP; the debut release from Janelle Monae. Right away it hinted at something beyond the usual R’n’B/hip-hop diva. This was pop music sure. But it was pop music that reached out towards more than […]
Solange True Rhythmethod It doesn’t matter that the folk at Okayplayer love this; that the Onion’s AV Club called it “one of the most irresistible pop records of 2012” – none of that is true about True. What’s true about True is that the opener, Losing You is a great song – a perfect piece […]