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30 Dic 2008, 18:44 de oslofishForget the “Best of” lists. Here's my 2008 summarized in 3 words:
The Polyamorous Affair
2008 was the year of discovery. And the greatest one of all was The Polyamorous Affair. So forget about the best albums list this year (which, in no particular order, would have included Grace Jones – Hurricane, Brooke Waggoner – Heal for the Honey, Cloetta Paris – Secret Eyes, M83 – Saturdays = Youth, The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement, Portishead – Third, Robin Thicke – Something Else, Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke, Rubies – Explode From The Center, Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree, MGMT – Oracular Spectacular, Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours, Sam Sparro – Sam Sparro) – I’m dedicating my end-of-the-year post to The P.A.
There was no one above, no one below, no one remotely close to releasing a better album than The Polyamorous Affair in 2008. Their self-titled…
28 Dic 2008, 14:34 de Di-chyFinally, below is the complete list for my selection of the best R&B albums of 2008, which I informed you of in my last journal. Now that the year is actually coming to an end and I've finished this year-end list, I don't really have many things to say about it, but again, a good number of well-made R&B albums have been released in 2008, even though none of them is, in my opinion, perfect or flawless.
About the top 5 albums, I'm quite sure that you will more or less agree with my selection. It may be too "neo" for some people, but I actually appreciate these albums for living up to the proper concept of neo soul, as each of these is a great mixture of the time-honored R&B tradition and modern creativity by a young artist of today, not to mention that all of the performing artists are great as singers.
Jazmine Sullivan is the best new artist of 2008 and has already become one of the greatest singers among her peers. …
25 Dic 2008, 17:30 de Di-chyAs I have yet to receive a copy of Anthony Hamilton's new album The Point Of It All, which I ordered online a few days ago, this could not be the complete post for my selection of the best R&B albums of 2008. However, I now feel like I need to post some kind of year-end list, because the year is about to end, and have decided to post this as a prelude to the final list.
Briefly, although none of them deserves to be praised as a "flawless masterpiece," a good number of above-ordinary, well-produced R&B albums have been released this year. Some try to be retro, others try to be electronic, some try to be traditional, others try to be eclectic, and after all, I love the balance and diversity within the whole R&B scene.
Also, in 2008, it seems that it has become very hard for cute-looking female singers, often with mediocre talents, to sell records or even keep recording contracts. Maybe that's not really a bad thing for R&B music…
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As I had been totally used to frequent delays, cancellations and re-releases in the current R&B industry, it was a pleasant surprise to me that a myriad of brand-new R&B albums were released during this September and that many of them are seriously great.
Now it seems like almost all R&B bloggers and critics have been crazy over Raphael Saadiq's The Way I See It album, but in my opinion, Love & Life, where Eric Benét got back to his neo-soul root, is as great and possibly even more ingenious. The sounds are varied from '70s-oriented soul and electronic funk to hip-hop soul and salsa pop, and you can enjoy Eric's great vocal performances all through the album. Definitely, this is a must listen for all R&B fans, including those who didn't like his last effort Hurricane because it was too much of adult contemporary.