A View Of Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE

Until a few months ago, when Frank Ocean alluded to being, at least, bisexual with an open letter on his blog, I, for some reason, had not really registered him. I had heard the name every now and then and knew he was involved in music, but he wasn’t really on my radar. I had heard that he was on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album but, to be honest, I’ve never really submerged myself in that album. I like some songs but its impact on my musical listening was nowhere near regular enough for me to register Frank Ocean or a lot of the album. I heard that he had written songs for...

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The Future Of Soul Music Is The Past

When one looks at / listens to the soul and R&B music that has been released in the last year, one cannot help but notice how much seems to be drawn from and inspired by eras of old. Melodic, rich and soulful, artists like John Legend & The Roots went the whole way, releasing an album primarily of covers of songs by everyone from Bill Withers to Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. R. Kelly, with the album Love Letter, finally showed us why he is considered by some one of the greater songwriters in the last 15 or so years and Raphael Saadiq continues to pay musical homage to the musicians that inspired him with an expansion on the Motown sound of his previous album.

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Has It Come To This? (CP)

We seem to celebrate mediocrity and this has carried over into much of what the mass media pushes as great music. To find great, classic music, one has to look beyond what is thrown at us and seek out the gems outside mainstream.

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A layman’s thoughts on Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night

After 8 years out of the music limelight, Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night, a return to the sound that laid the foundation for neo-classical soul. With this album, he showed that, despite being away from the music scene, he still has the ability to create classic, timeless music that moves the spirit and feeds the soul. Musically, it is a journey into the soul; a return to music that is best played live, each song a crafted masterpiece.

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